Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
A Young Black Man's EducationBook - 2016
New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
How do you learn to be a black man in America? For young black men today, it means coming of age during the presidency of Barack Obama. It means witnessing the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and too many more. It means celebrating powerful moments of black self-determination for LeBron James, Dave Chappelle, and Frank Ocean.
In Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching , Mychal Denzel Smith chronicles his own personal and political education during these tumultuous years, describing his efforts to come into his own in a world that denied his humanity. Smith unapologetically upends reigning assumptions about black masculinity, rewriting the script for black manhood so that depression and anxiety aren't considered taboo, and feminism and LGBTQ rights become part of the fight. The questions Smith asks in this book are urgent--for him, for the martyrs and the tokens, and for the Trayvons that could have been and are still waiting.
From Library Staff
SPL_Elizabeth Nov 17, 2017
Smith deconstructs his experience becoming a Black man in America, something he didn't expect to happen. He invites the reader to see the world through his eyes, to watch his perspective change as he is influenced by teachers, parents, the media, and public figures. His analysis of the role of Bl... Read More »
SPL_Shauna Feb 05, 2017
If you read and loved Ta-Nahisi Coates' *Between the World and Me*, *Invisible Man* is a must read. Where Coates interrogates race in America via an open letter to his son, Smith approaches it by asking himself how he learned to be a black man in America. He uses his own experiences to fuel a rec... Read More »