Toure re-examines race in the 'post-black' Obama years
Introduced by Miami Dade Dean of the Honors College Dr. Pascale Charlot, novelist, essayist, music journalist, cultural critic, and co-host of the MSNBC cable network's 'The Cycle,' the man known simply as Toure (born Toure Neblett) took the stage at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International to introduce his new book Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now (Free Press paperback reprint; July, 2012), recalling the inspirations for the book, beginning with the historic election of Barack Obama to the office of President of the United States of America. Tracing his evolution to 'post-blackness,' Toure read an excerpt from his book detailing his coming of age during the infamous 1985 'summer of death' in Atlanta, when 29 black children were murdered, arousing racial tensions around the country only to discover to everyone's shock that the killer was himself black. Toure then read a passage looking back on his years at Atlanta's Emory College, where black female student Serena Williams staged a well-publicized hoax by planting evidence of having been terrorized and abused by a white man, once again giving rise to Toure's deep soul searching of assumptions about race in America, which led him to study Malcolm X's writings by his sophomore year. Toure wrapped his presentation with the story of how he found God and Identity while sky-diving before taking questions from the audience on the difference between post-blackness and post-racial; a comparison of what constitutes 'normative blackness' and the right wing racial attitudes of Supreme Court Justice and Republican presidential candidate respectively Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain; and his thoughts on learned racism and the next generation of Americans.
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