The Books Your African American History Class Taught By A White Teacher Didn’t Cover

  • Pimp The Story of My Life by Iceberg Slim “No more small towns for me. I was going to the city to get my degree in pimping.”
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright “But the color of a Negro’s skin makes him easily recognizable, makes him suspect, converts him into a defenseless target.”
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison “The Breedloves did not live in a storefront because they were having temporary difficulty adjusting to the cutbacks at the plant. They lived there because they were poor and black, and they stayed there because they believed they were ugly.”
  • Native Son by Richard Wright “Goddamnit, look! We live here and they live there. We black and they white. They got things and we ain’t. They do things and we can’t. It’s just like livin’ in jail.”
  • Revolutionary Suicide – by Huey Newton “Laws should be made to serve the people. People should not be made to serve the laws.”
  • Soul On Ice by Eldridge Cleaver “My slogan? Put a black finger on the nuclear trigger. Four hundred years of docility, of being calm, cool and collected under stress and strain would go to prove that I was the man for the job, that I would not panic in a crisis and push the button.”

  • Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody “But something happened to me as I got more and more involved in the Movement. It no longer seemed important to prove anything. I had found something outside myself that gave meaning to my life.”

Haley (interviewing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.): Your detractors in the Negro community often refer to you snidely as “De Lawd” and “Booker T. King.” What’s your reaction to this sort of Uncle Tom label?

  • For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood by Christopher Emdin “Cultural artifacts like clothing, music, or speech are aspects of indigenous culture that are generally not considered by teachers to be related to education, but are one of the first things a teacher identifies when interacting with neoindigenous students. The wrong clothing or speech will get neoindigenous students labeled as unwilling to learn and directly impact their academic lives much in the way that it affects the indigenous.”

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