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**Currently taught in courses at over thirty colleges and universities nationwide**
From the acclaimed author of Shackling Water comes the first great race novel of the twenty-first century, an incendiary and ruthlessly funny satire about violence, pop culture, and American identity.
Macon Detornay is a suburban white boy possessed and politicized by black culture, and filled with rage toward white America. After moving to New York City for college, Macon begins robbing white passengers in his taxicab, setting off a manhunt for the black man presumed to be committing the crimes. When his true identity is revealed, Macon finds himself to be a celebrity and makes use of the spotlight to hold forth on the evils and invisibility of whiteness. Soon he launches the Race Traitor Project, a stress-addled collective that attracts guilty liberals, wannabe gangstas, and bandwagon riders from all over the country to participate in a Day of Apology—a day set aside for white people to make amends for four hundred years of oppression. The Day of Apology pushes New York City over the edge into an epic riot, forcing Macon to confront the depth of his own commitment to the struggle.
Peopled with all manner of race pimps and players, Angry Black White Boy is a stunning breakout book from a critically acclaimed young writer and should be required reading for anyone who wants to get under the skin of the complexities of identity in America.
Praise for Angry Black White Boy:
“Adam Mansbach's Angry Black White Boy is a revelation, a wise and funny riff on hip hop and the racial divide that has always plagued America. I found that his book could get a class talking, at the deepest level, about hardest issues, with a common language of youth culture. Mansbach's writing is masterful, his references are erudite but accessible, and his vision is unflinching.” —Rick Ayers, Berkeley High School, co-author, Great Books for High School Kids: A Teacher's Guide to Books That Can Change Teens' Lives
“Adam Mansbach's Angry Black White Boy is not only a literary gem that displays an amazing breadth of literacy in several musical, cultural and literary traditions, but it is also an insightful and complex lens on the never-ending conundrum surrounding white youth's fascination with black culture and black people. The issue as defined by Mailer's "White Negro" is not quite new now, and yet many long standing desires, tensions, conflicts and contradictions remain. Through Macon Detorney and his friends, Mansbach explores these desires, conflicts and contradictions with extraordinary passion, pain, self-critical awareness, complexity and depth. I came away shaken and stimulated, unable to set aside the range of racial issues raised and the uneasy, unresolved answers offered. Offering rare insight into racial issues that often consume our students, Angry Black White Boy is an exceptionally valuable text for college classes on race, popular culture and contemporary literature. “
—Professor Trica Rose, American Studies Department, UC Santa Cruz
"Angry Black White Boy is an engaging literary text that boldly explores the terrain of authenticity and identity. Mansbach navigates these topics by zeroing in on the cultural import of hip hop, and more specifically, the intersection of hip hop with race and identity. The novel's provocative protagonist forces us to think hard and re-open a dialogue about race in American culture today. Offering a new approach to examining the dialectical relationship between self and society, Mansbach's book is a useful tool for students and teachers in urban education and sociology."
- Daphne Farganis, Director, Institute for Urban Education, New School University
“Whether the subject is critical race studies, whiteness, hip hop, literature, or the race novel tradition, Angry Black White Boy makes an excellent teaching tool. Savvy, provocative, and rich with allusions, Mansbach's text provides plenty of material for discussion and debate. In the context of our conversation about appropriation, identification, and racialization, the students in my hip hop history class clearly appreciated the book's engagement with such issues, and the range of responses it generated speaks to the book's value in the classroom. Plus, it's laugh-out-loud funny."
-Wayne Marshall, Ethnomusicologist, Harvard University