NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS FINALIST
"Hilarious yet soul-shaking." —Black Enterprise, a "Must Read Book for 2019"
200 years ago, white people told black folks, “‘I suggest you pick the cotton if you don’t like getting whipped.” Today, it’s “comply with police orders if you don’t want to get shot.” Now comedian/activist D. L. Hughley–one the Original Kings of Comedy–confronts and remixes white people’s “advice” in this “hilarious examination of the current state of race relations in the United States” (Publishers Weekly).
In America, a black man is three times more likely to be killed in encounters with police than a white guy. If only he had complied with the cop, he might be alive today, pundits say in the aftermath of the latest shooting of an unarmed black man. Or, Maybe he shouldn’t have worn that hoodie … or, moved more slowly … not been out so late … Wait, why are black people allowed to drive, anyway?
This isn’t a new phenomenon. White people have been giving “advice” to black folks for as long as anyone can remember, telling them how to pick cotton, where to sit on a bus, what neighborhood to live in, when they can vote, and how to wear our pants. Despite centuries of whites’ advice, it seems black people still aren’t listening, and the results are tragic.
Now, at last, activist, comedian, and New York Times bestselling author D. L. Hughley offers How Not to Get Shot, an illustrated how-to guide for black people, full of insight from white people, translated by one of the funniest black dudes on the planet. In these pages you will learn how to act, dress, speak, walk, and drive in the safest manner possible. You also will finally understand the white mind. It is a book that can save lives. Or at least laugh through the pain.
Black people: Are you ready to not get shot! White people: Do you want to learn how to help the cause? Let’s go!
Comedian Hughley (Black Man, White House) pulls no punches in this caustic, maddening, and hilarious examination of the current state of race relations in the United States. Hughley observes how often black people are killed by police in the U.S. and pairs the often sanctimonious advice from clueless white people on ways to avoid such a fate (e.g., don't break the law, don't dress like a thug) with equally ridiculous advice from African-Americans (e.g., always drive with a white male friend, only wear khakis and a polo shirt). It's an effective way to highlight not only police brutality against African-Americans but also the casual racism of those who remain indifferent to or dismissive of the problem. Hughley is frequently funny in these pages, but he's not playing solely for laughs in addition to lists of " black names' with white alternatives" (Jada correlates to Kellyanne Conway), he debunks myths and misleading statistics about single-parent households in black communities and the effectiveness of body cameras at reducing police violence. Hughley's well-honed humor is filled with uncomfortable truths.
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Serious subject with a comical twist
Great comical read. This book helps readers to laugh through the pain. There are history lessons we all need to understand. The message is clear even if you are not keen on the language. I recommend this book for any book club to have healthy debates.
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Haven’t read all the reviews, but this section is what got me. No amount of discourse will change what guns do until the fear and hate is eliminated.