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_I'd Rather We Got Casinos_, Larry Wilmore

Subtitled: And Other Black Thoughts

While it bums me out that we don't have a woman president, and that there's only one woman on the Daily Show, I Love Larry Wilmore. And I agree with the decision of the Women's Suffrage movement to put their work on hold because abolition of slavery was more important. I got the kindle edition of this.

Wilmore is consistently hilarious writing "in character" as his persona as Senior Black Correspondent on the show. I've bought other Daily Show/Colbert Report book tie-ins (America, I am America and So Can You), but this is far and away the best so far (altho that page in America with the naked Supremes still makes me smile just thinking about it now). I'm sure I'm missing a lot of the jokes -- I am, after all, only white -- but the ones I get are great. I particularly enjoyed the list of possible (non)apologies for slavery, and the ideas for reparations (hey! I want a nuclear submarine, too!). The letters to the NAACP urging them to change the "C" to stand for "Chocolate", and generally use "Chocolate" as a replacement for black and related terms was entertaining, as were the trial and exhumation of the "n" word.

I still haven't figured out how I feel about the argument for a safe level of hatred (specifically, hating black people who work at McDonald's at the airport). I know what I think about it -- it's a cogent presentation of what it means to be classist. But I don't know how I feel about it. I want to find it funny, but it's still a little too tragic to me.

Wilmore's a smart guy who uses what sounds like dumb-ass humor to comment acidly on the state of race, class and other relations in the US today. Amazingly enough, I wasn't even surprised at how good this book was. I expected no less of him.
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