What's Going on (Paperback)
Vintage, 9780375701504, 192pp.
Publication Date: December 29, 1998
In What's Going On, McCall adds up the hidden costs of the stereotype of black athletic prowess, which tells African American teenagers that they can only succeed on the white man's terms. He introduces a fresh perspective to the debates on gangsta rap and sexual violence. He indicts the bigotry of white churches and the complacency of the black suburban middle class, celebrates the heroism of Muhammad Ali, and defends the truth-telling of Alice Walker. Engaging, provocative, and utterly fearless, here is a commentator to reckon with, addressing our most persistent divisions in a voice of stinging immediacy.
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Praise For What's Going on…
"Sooner or later, every generation must find its voice. It may be that ours belongs to Nathan McCall... He is a mesmerizing storyteller." - Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The New Yorker
"Filled with essays that challenge America's myths.... His easy reading style unsuspectingly pricks the conscience."- USA Today
"[These essays] reinforce the moral authority McCall [brings] to the issue of America's racial schisms." - The New York Times Book Review
"Straightforward, quick-moving [and] erudite." -Philadelphia Inquirer