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Author Baratunde Thurston seems to have the answer. In his new book " How To Be Black " Thurston explores this question while humorously recounting his own experiences.

He insists his satire filled book is not racist and encourages everyone to read his book, including white people. NPR described the tome as "a practical guidebook for anyone looking to befriend or work with a black person, become the next black president or challenge anyone who says they speak for all black people.

The novelist cites growing up in a drug infested Washington D. But Thurston said he wasn't interested in playing into the overtold narrative of life in the inner city. His book centers more on the day to day life of a black man and leaves the tales of life in the ghetto for the film makers. One chapter of the New York Times bestselling "instruction manual" describes how to be a black employee, which was inspired by Thurston's experience as a black man working in a corporate environment. He also shares what it's like to be a black student at Harvard University among old money donors and elite members of academia.

According to Thurston his novel is not so much a literal step by step guide but a story of learning to accept the idiosyncrasies that made him who he is. US Edition U. Coronavirus News U. HuffPost Personal Video Horoscopes. Newsletters Coupons. Terms Privacy Policy. Part of HuffPost Black Voices. All rights reserved. Huffington Post. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. It's an age old question that has fueled many debates--what does it really mean to be black?

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It is an autobiographical account of Thurston's life and upbringing and discusses stereotypes of African Americans , their social identities , and their relationships with their white peers. In describing the book, Thurston said he hopes it exposes the reader to "another side of the black experience while offering practical, comedic advice based on [his] own painful lessons learned" [1] and that "If you don't have a sense of humor this book will upset you greatly. Victoria Sanders of the San Francisco Chronicle said the book "makes light of uncomfortable truths about America's awkward relationship to stereotypical and monolithic blackness by offering very funny advice about such topics as 'How to Be the Black Friend,' 'How to Speak for All Black People' and 'How to Be the Black Employee'" but said that Thurston was at his best when describing his troubled upbringing in which his father was murdered, forcing his mother to raise him alone as well as his experiences at Sidwell Friends School and Harvard University. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Baratunde Thurston's 'How To Be Black' Humorously Answers An Age Old Question

Author Baratunde Thurston seems to have the answer. In his new book " How To Be Black " Thurston explores this question while humorously recounting his own experiences. He insists his satire filled book is not racist and encourages everyone to read his book, including white people. NPR described the tome as "a practical guidebook for anyone looking to befriend or work with a black person, become the next black president or challenge anyone who says they speak for all black people. The novelist cites growing up in a drug infested Washington D.

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