How to survive America.

by Hughley, D. L.,

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Summary

Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley uses his "hilarious yet soul-shaking" (Black Enterprise) humor to confront racism's unjust impact on the health and wellbeing of Blacks and minorities

White people love survival guides. But have you noticed they're always about ridiculous activities in locations far from home, with chapters like "How to Survive an Avalanche" or "How to Live on Bugs in the Jungle." Huh?!

You know who really needs a survival guide? Black and brown Americans. For surviving their own damn country! Minority populations wake up every day in a battle for their health and safety. Thankfully, legendary activist-comedian D.L. Hughley offers How to Survive America, a fearless satire that exposes racism's unjust toll on our bodies and minds.

Even before COVID-19 disproportionately impacted minority communities, life expectancy for Blacks was a full three years less than for white Americans. The very air we breathe is more polluted, our water is more contaminated, our local food options are toxic, and our jobs are underpaid. Despite the obvious need, the quality of our health care is tragically inadequate. Our communities are statistically less safe than the average, and yet we're terrorized by the law-enforcement and criminal-justice systems that are supposed to protect us, sending Blacks to prison at five times the rate of whites. Not least, our means of addressing these injustices--voting--is perennially under assault.

It's enough to drive you crazy. Well, guess what? According to Cigna, Blacks are 20 percent more likely to report "psychological distress" yet "50 percent less likely to receive counseling or mental health treatment." It's almost like the entire country has been structured with no regard for our welfare. Hmmm.

Whether you're Black, white, brown, or Asian, don't leave home without arming yourself with How to Survive America!

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Comedian Hughley and co-writer Moe follow Surrender, White People! with another impassioned, tragicomic treatise on racism in America. Noting that the life expectancy for African Americans is three years less than for white Americans, and that Blacks suffer higher rates of obesity, prostate cancer, and psychological distress, Hughley contends that "Black and brown folks are in a battle for survival every damn day in this country." He delves into the sterilization of poor Black women in 1960s North Carolina; the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd in 2020; and the spread of Covid-19 in communities of color, finding in these and other examples a tendency to make Black people "the number one suspects in our own demise." Though Hughley's punchy tone hits hard, and he finds some galling evidence of discriminatory thinking in action, including Trump administration surgeon general Jerome Adams insinuating that "drinking and drug use and smoking" made people of color more vulnerable to Covid-19, much of the book feels like a rehash of Hughley's previous outings. His fans will appreciate Hughley's typically blunt assessments of American history and today's political and social landscape; others will wish for more original analysis. (June)"
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Subjects ordreq 4/26/21 xa
Publisher 2021
Description p. cm.
ISBN 9780063072756
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