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by George S. Schuyler

Download Black No More Being an Account of the Strange and Wonderful Workings of Science in the Land of the Free A.D. 1933-1940 epub
ISBN: 0837110289
ISBN13: 978-0837110288
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: George S. Schuyler
Language: English
Publisher: McGrath Publishing Company, College Park; New ed of 1931 ed edition (1969)
Pages: 250 pages
ePUB size: 1300 kb
FB2 size: 1390 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 379
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I became aware of George Schuyler years ago when I saw a review of his novel Black Empire. It was one of the works being reprinted by the Northeastern Library of Black Literature. Over the years, I found a number of good books in this series. Recently, I was browsing Amazon, looking for Black Empire and I came across Black No More and the reviews suggested it was worth my while. It lived up to expectations; Black No More is a wonderfully funny satire about the chaos that ensues when it appears that the United States' race problems just might be solved. Dr. Junius Crookman has developed a process by which African Americans can be made white. Max Disher, a Harlem resident smarting over rejection by a pretty white girl, offers to be the first recipient. Crookman's business, Black No More, becomes a great success but before long, there are unintended consequences. Civil rights organizations are soon having financial problems. With a shrinking number of visible African Americans, there just aren't enough episodes of racist violence to inspire donations. A Back-To-Africa movement discovers that people would rather pay Dr. Crookman $50.00 for his treatment than the hundreds or more for a return to the homeland. Meanwhile, it is noted that well-off white women are giving birth to black babies. The enterprising Dr. Crookman sets up birthing centers which include his whitening process. As for Max Disher, he reinvents himself as Matthew Fisher (no relation, I think). He moves to Atlanta and soon, he becomes a force in a white supremacist organization. Posing as an anthropologist, he warns racist whites of the threat of the Crookman process and the money is rolling in, lining his wallet. Even better, the pretty white girl who turned him down just happens to be the daughter of the organization's leader and she and Matthew marry. Matthew enjoys playing white factions against each other and is soon operating at the highest level when his father-in-law is nominated for the presidency. An allied white supremacist group is working to compile a listing of the genealogy of all Americans to be sure only pure Anglo-Saxons hold political power. This becomes a major embarrassment for the Virginia aristocrat who commissions the listing when the study shows he is descended from a 17th century union of a slave and a white maid. Meanwhile, Matthew has a personal crisis as his wife is pregnant and will probably not take having a black baby very well. It all comes to an amazing head and Schuyler gives us a beautifully ironic ending. I was laughing at some of the passages and Schuyler does what the best satirists do: he makes everyone a fair target. If you are weary of the solemn or self-righteous rhetoric that usually comes up when race is the issue, Black No More is a wickedly funny antidote.
This book is a classic! Schuyler finds a way to connect with the idea of race, colorism and the construction of inequality in America, all while parodying many of the leading black intelligentsia of the day. Schuyler finds a way to really connect using his satire and drive home his points with a fun and somewhat irreverent story. Definitely worth a read, and has some interesting parallels to the current discussions of race in America today.
brilliant satire
The satirical humor in this Harlem-Renaissance novel has me rolling on the floor laughing. Why don't we teach this novel in the classroom? It takes the color issue & turns it on its head. Completely irreverent in its acknowledgment of great African American leaders. One of my favorite books of all time.
Written in 1931, this novel is a great satirical look at issues in the African-American community. It is especially interesting in lieu of our supposedly "post-racial" Obama era.
a very good read in so much as it exposes the illusion of race in the the world today. i am surprised this book has'nt been made into a movie. the closest i've seen was the movie THE WATERMELLON MAN. unfortunately, i am not sure if today's youth will (or would) fully understand the books' full meaning..i will leave that up to the reader...highly recommended though.
racial and politacal satire at it's most brillant.A very funny read ,as all racial satire should be.