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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage (December 29, 1998)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
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Never let it be said that yours truly aired black people's dirty laundry.
Yours truly is fully aware--truly--that black people do not take kindly to
such an offense. For some bloods, it's regarded as a crime worse than
blasphemy. It's an unpardonable sin, an act of treason punishable by
banishment from the race.
It seems that African-American writers, who sometimes publish works that reveal unpleasant truths about black life, run as great a risk as anybody else of being charged with racial treason. For sure, if some "righteous" brothers and sisters had their way, black writers who air our dirty laundry would be taken to the chopping block and dealt with--righteously. They'd be hounded, like Salman Rushdie, the dude whose novel about Islam inspired Muslim fundamentalists to offer a hefty price for his balding scalp.