Antiracist Book Club chats KILLING RAGE: ENDING RACISM
ABOUT THE CLUB
You asked and we answered. We are thrilled to offer our Antiracist Book Club reading program. We'll discuss anti-racist and foundational literature. This month we're chatting about killing rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks. This is a safe, focused space in which to discuss the systematic structures of racism and the work we can do individually and community wide to dismantle them using the information from our texts and the lessons learned each session. Come as often or as rarely as you like, but we recommend reading How to Be an Anti-Racist as a starting place for discussion! This event is free, but please RSVP via the ticket link below to get the link for the online conversation with owner Hannah Oliver Depp. Link and password will be sent in your confirmation email from Eventbrite!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Celebrated feminist and award-winning author bell hooks’s Killing Rage: Ending Racism is “an angry book that pulls no punches…Her frankness and willingness to face up to the divisive issues that refuse to go away make her a voice to be reckoned with in the debate on race in America” (The New York Review of Books).
One of our country’s premier cultural and social critics, bell hooks has always maintained that eradicating racism and eradicating sexism must go hand in hand. But whereas many women have been recognized for their writing on gender politics, the female voice has been all but locked out of the public discourse on race.
Killing Rage speaks to this imbalance. These twenty-three essays are written from a Black and feminist perspective, and they tackle the bitter difficulties of racism by envisioning a world without it. They address a spectrum of topics having to do with race and racism in the United States: psychological trauma among African-Americans; friendship between black women and white women; anti-Semitism and racism; and internalized racism in movies and the media. And in the title essay, hooks writes about the “killing rage”—the fierce anger of black people stung by repeated instances of everyday racism—finding in that rage a healing source of love and strength and a catalyst for positive change.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins, 1952-2021) was a pioneering feminist whose writings revealed how the specific life experiences of Black women were marginalized by the idea that feminism represented all women equally. A professor of English, African and Afro-American studies, American literature, and women’s studies, she taught at the University of Southern California, Yale, Oberlin College, City College of New York, and Kentucky’s Berea College, which established the bell hooks Institute for her work.
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