/Books
  • bell hooks takes on the discussion of race from a participant living real time in the concept in everyday life. As an African American and as a woman, bell hooks frequently transposes her personal experience in her writing to bring points home for the reader. In Writing for Race, hooks compiles various essays on the race topic as well as how dominion of one person over another should be addressed. This collection questions our standard, historic approach to the issue, and introduces challenge perspectives from what is supposed to now be a "post-racial" era that we live in today.
  • In her book, Yearning, bell hooks dives right into her subtopics of race and gender as she wrestles with the concept of "whiteness." Detailing it as the primary root of society's negative forces such as colonization and domination, hooks see whiteness as both her target for her language wrath as well as the obstacle that her view of society needs to get past for equality. And that in turn can open people to the possibility of racial freedom. Later, this concept gets retitled as "racial class conflict," but it's the same issue: hooks focuses on white infrastructure as the reason past life is bad and the paradigm shift that is needed is color-based. Part of the struggle that hooks is working in Yearning, however, is that everyone wants their sense of opportunity and equality. But from an African American perspective, there's plenty to argue the black person hasn't gotten a fair shake and still is not. Ergo, hooks argument premise.