"Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America" by Melissa Harris Perry


TITLE: Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

AUTHOR: Melissa Harris Perry

PUBLISHER: Yale University Press

PUBLISHED DATE: September 20, 2011

ISBN: 978-0300165418

PAGES: 392

Citing, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neal Hurston, "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker, and "For Colored Girls Who've Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enough" by Ntozake Shange, Melissa Harris Perry goes IN!

She goes in on American society, Black men, the Black church, political leaders and hip hop - this woman left no stone un-turned. She was not afraid to tackle inconsistencies within the black community as well as analyze deep historical racial undertones and how they affect black women in the present day. Using literature as references, she allows these famous works to provide a backdrop that speaks to larger themes within black womanhood. Whatever your politics, culture, religion, sexual orientation - this book is definitely work a look.

Recommendation: Read it!

Audience: Millennials and up (Though it's suitable for teens)

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