Thursday, February 2, 2023

Vulnerable Black Boys

My book is entitled Bad Men, but two of the five chapters focus on black boys, especially vulnerable black boys. As I looked across multiple works, I realized that black boys were important inspirational forces for several black writers. 

I write about Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks, which focuses on Huey and Riley Freeman. Both are "bad" in their own ways, but they are also young and isolated and misunderstood and affected by a range of less than responsible adults. 

I also write about the responses to the killings of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown. Martin's death set off extensive reporting by Trymaine Lee and relentless blogging by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 


Note: For a 30% discount, use the promo code 10FEB23 when and if purchasing the book on the University of Virginia Press.  (For February 2023 only).

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