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How not to get shot : and other advice from white people
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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. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>THE "HILARIOUS" NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! * "A satirical but apt addition to the culture's fraught conversation about race" -- New York Times Book Review</p> <p>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 legendary comedian/activist D. L. Hughley confronts and remixes white people's "advice" in this "hilarious examination of the current state of race relations in the United States" (Publishers Weekly).</p> <p>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?</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Black people: Are you ready to not get shot! White people: Do you want to learn how to help the cause? Let's go!</p> <p>* Publishers Weekly</p>
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Part IHow Not to Get Shot by the Policep. 17
1Comply with Police Ordersp. 19
2Don't Talk Backp. 29
3Don't Break the Law!p. 39
4You Have to Understand: Cops Are Scaredp. 51
5Do Be an Angelp. 61
6Don't Drive like a Suspectp. 73
7If You Do Get Shot, Don't Rush to Judgmentp. 81
8The Real Way to Not Get Shot by the Policep. 93
Part IIHow to Lookp. 97
9Don't Match the Descriptionp. 99
10How to Dress Less Threateningp. 115
11Don't Have Gang Tattoosp. 123
12How to Do Your Hairp. 127
Part IIIHow to Actp. 135
13How to Be Nice and Quietp. 137
14What Kind of Music Should You Listen To?p. 141
15Stop Making White People Say the N-Wordp. 155
16How to Not Come from a Single-Parent Householdp. 163
17What to Name Your Kidsp. 167
18How to Get a Jobp. 177
19Stop Taking Handoutsp. 185
20How to Move into a White Neighborhoodp. 193
Part IVUnderstanding White Peoplep. 201
21What Kind of Black People Do White People Like?p. 203
22Your Bill of Rightsp. 209
23"I'm Not Racist, I Have Black Friends"p. 215
24How to Not Be a Reverse Racistp. 219
25How to Not Play the Race Cardp. 235
26End White-on-White Crime!p. 243
27How to Make White Foodp. 245
Part VTidbits of Advice for White People from Black Peoplep. 249
28It's Hard Being White, but Try to Make Dop. 251
29Pay Attention to Signsp. 255
Epiloguep. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 261
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