Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America

Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America

by Tanner Colby


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An irreverent, yet powerful exploration of race relations by the New York Times-bestselling author of The Chris Farley Show

Frank, funny, and incisive, Some of My Best Friends Are Black offers a profoundly honest portrait of race in America. In a book that is part reportage, part history, part social commentary, Tanner Colby explores why the civil rights movement ultimately produced such little true integration in schools, neighborhoods, offices, and churches—the very places where social change needed to unfold. Weaving together the personal, intimate stories of everyday people—black and white—Colby reveals the strange, sordid history of what was supposed to be the end of Jim Crow, but turned out to be more of the same with no name. He shows us how far we have come in our journey to leave mistrust and anger behind—and how far all of us have left to go. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143123637
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 273,767
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tanner Colby is the author of Belushi: A Biography and the New York Times bestseller The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part 1 Letter from a Birmingham Suburb

1 Bus Kid 3

2 A Place Apart 9

3 Oreo 25

4 What Can Brown Do for You? 39

5 Go Rebels? 54

Part 2 Planning for Permanence

1 There Goes the Neighborhood 73

2 "Have You Seen the Country Club District?" 82

3 49/63 or Fight 101

4 Turf 115

5 Desirable Associations 128

Part 3 Why Do Black People Drink Hawaiian Punch?

1 The Old Boys' Network 143

2 Mad Black Men 150

3 A Whole New Bag 166

4 The Inescapable Network 187

5 What's Black About It? 208

Part 4 Canaan

1 The Race That Prays Together 225

2 The Strange Career of Jesus Christ 234

3 The Miracle of Grand Coteau 246

4 In the Wilderness 259

5 Milk and Honey 277

Author's Note 289

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