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Love in black and white : the triumph of love over prejudice and taboo

by Mathabane, Mark.

Format: Print Book 1992
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 306.846 M
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  306.846 M
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "South African Mark Mathabane, author of two best-sellers, and his wife tell the story of their interracial marriage. The U.S., the Mathabanes report, despite claims to open-mindedness and advances in civil rights, actually seems less accepting of interracial marriage than postapartheid South Africa, where the son of President F. W. de Klerk is married to a mixed-race woman. For while white liberals in the U.S. decry discrimination against blacks, they don't want their daughters marrying one. Gail Mathabane, whose side of the story predominates here, recounts the troubles her father and family had in accepting her decision to marry Mark, already a distinguished and acclaimed writer. Ultimately, Gail's family found it in their hearts to embrace Mark, thereby overcoming deep-seated, insidious prejudice. For his part, Mark relates the problems a "black leader" married to a white woman faces in the black community. The Mathabanes trade off in recounting their experiences and reveal them with a frankness that some will find inspiring. "Racism," they say, "is essentially a problem of the heart." It is important, they write, to treat people as individuals rather than as stereotypes. ~--Benjamin Segedin"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a stirring interracial love story, black author Mark Mathabane ( Kaffir Boy ), born in a South African ghetto, and his white American wife, Gail, recall in alternating chapters their meeting as journalism students; stormy courtship and marriage, initially opposed by their families; and decision to have children. They attribute the success of their relationship to ``mutual trust and respect for each other's individuality.'' Gail describes feeling overwhelmed by the unreserved, at times invasive love of her husband's family; Mark asserts that a subtle kind of American racism can be more insidious than South Africa's brutal apartheid, and notes that on his book tours blacks--especially women--react angrily to his having a white wife. Many mixed couples both in the U.S. and in South Africa, the authors find, keep their relationship secret for fear of alienating both communities. Author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mathabane, Mark.
Mathabane, Gail, -- 1962-
Interracial marriage -- United States.
Blacks -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :HarperCollins,1992
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Mathabane, Gail, 1962-
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xiii, 274 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 0060164956 :
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