- Title: Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America
- Author: Tanner Colby
- ISBN: 9780143123637
- Page: 445
- Format: Paperback
An irreverent, yet powerful exploration of race relations by the New York Times bestselling author of The Chris Farley ShowFrank, 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 ultimatelyAn irreverent, yet powerful exploration of race relations by the New York Times bestselling author of The Chris Farley ShowFrank, 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 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.
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This is a book that should be more widely read. It's a look at the history of segregation and integration in America, and it doesn't look good.The title Some of my Best Friends Are Black is meant to be tongue-in-cheek; Tanner Colby says he started thinking about how few black friends he had when Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election. As a member of the white middle-class, he realized his life is a good example of how segregated much of our country still is, specifically in terms of edu [...]
*I won this book on giveaway* I so wanted to love this book, I thought all of my questions would be answered. Instead, it was more of a compilation of dull facts and figures concerning school, advertising, and church-going(Catholic church-going at that). I would love to have seen more polls or interviews.In the forward of the book, the author wondered why he had no black friends,and I was so excited to discover the answer. I don't think he answered the question.
I really wanted to LOVE this book because I think the title, as well as the premise, are pretty admirable. There were some parts that were really good, but more because I enjoyed the history lessons than the writing or some of the author's actual viewpoints. Like I said, I think the history lessons are good, and I think it's commendable that the author was open to admitting that he didn't know much before undertaking this project. However, that being said, while I did feel like some of his obser [...]
I won an advanced copy of Tanner Colby's Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America from a giveaway. I found the book to be an eye opener. It took a different angle on the integration issue. I enjoyed his writing style but found myself having to read the book in small sections. The author often took a long time to make a point and while the little tangents would hold some value to the story, I would lose interest after a while.
Didn't really care for this one. Never got my attention.
I hate to give this book just a 2. I learned a lot but it took me forever to get through and I guess that might be because each section seemed so disconnected. It's somewhere between "ok" and "I liked it". His approach was extremely casual. I'd like to talk to a person of color who has read it. Is his approach too casual?
An interesting premise, but, ultimately unengaging.
I didn't care for this book.
I received this in a giveaway and was delighted to have gotten it. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1960's/1970's. My parents were white Atheist liberals who owned a bookstore that was always fully integrated with one men's restroom, one women's restroom, and one water fountain. We had no Whites Only or No Coloreds allowed signs as I saw all over town. My all-white school was integrated by none other than Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sons Marty and Dexter and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy's son Ral [...]
I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I initially picked it up because it seemed like the type of book that would speak to my students' experiences- and academic books about race can be dry. The book was well written an easy to read but I had a few issues with it. The author admits that this wasn't meant to be a research book - I was happy that he put that out there but did feel like the book would have benefitted from a more systematic way of interviewing (and a bit more laye [...]
Saw this in the library and thought it was an interesting idea for a book. It got decent reviews and even an endorsement from someone associated with the Richard Nixon Library, so I figured I’d give it a tryIn the preface the author refers to Obama as the “awesomest guy ever”. He also described his friends as “enlightened, open-minded, well traveled, left-leaning white folks like me” who nonetheless didn’t have any close relationships with African Americans. It became clear that this [...]
Meh. The first section starts out strong, but the book looses the author 1/3 of the way through. After that, though I find the topic worthwhile, I did not find the book compelling. There are better books about race out there.
Disappointing!I found this book very disappointing and, in fact, could not even finish reading it. The author is a mediocre writer at best. I've read some of his other writing recently but I will no longer read his work. One star.
I enjoyed the first part of the book about segregation and integration in schools but then he lost me. I was bored and started skimming and then gave up on it.
[Won as a First Reads]Looking for a book that will make you think about race in a slightly different way? Looking for a book that shows us how much progress has been made? Looking for a book that describes the true cost of that progress? In many ways, this is that book. Written in an easy style with structured history and memoir-esque reasons, SomBFaB plays out like a Michael Moore movie, only fair, balanced and truly important for everyone no matter what side of the divide you are on. This book [...]
The author discusses integration and how limited it is. He views it from the fact that he has no black friends. Acquaintances but not friends. He frames this exploration of modern America history through his own life and the places he's lived and their connection to integration. It's a great framing device, but he's inconsistent with it. It bounces around time-wise and the first and last chapter on school and church are the strongest.School is the strongest chapter because you hear the most abou [...]
This book was hit AND miss for me. Being a big fan of the urban planning field, I loved the first part of the book - it was a fascinating overview of historical patterns with modern day examples of what those patterns have wrought. So far, so great. And then . . . came the whole middle section about advertising which, to me, seemed to go on and on and on and on. I turned the page at the end of one section and was hoping that Colby had gotten everything he wanted to say about advertising out on t [...]
I really enjoyed this book, even though it was not, as I hoped, a story about how Colby managed to integrate his social circle. Instead, it's a social history of integration in four domains-- school, neighborhoods, work, and church-- and four locations: Vestavia Hills, AL; KC, MO; Madison Avenue, NYC; and Grand Coteau, LA. Along the way, Colby tells a lot of really interesting stories, some familiar and some less so. Some of the stuff on integrating advertising at the very least came from the sa [...]
We live our childhoods once and spend the rest of our lives unpacking what happened to us then. For me, this will always be about race, gender, and developing the courage to challenge traditional viewpoints, because I grew up in Vestavia, Alabama, one town Tanner highlights in this terrific and personal exploration. He's funny and wise, and brutally honest, letting the story lead him places outside our current political narrative. On his podcast he recently said that a school district is making [...]
This book ought to be required reading in today's political climate. It's an excellent, accessible primer on the forces that created and continue to perpetuate American segregation -- especially in our schools, our neighborhoods, the workplace and the church. The book will challenge everyone's preconceptions, white or black, republican or democrat. While I didn't always agree with Colby's conclusions, the book does a great job of establishing a narrative. It also offers a few positive examples a [...]
Colby's book is well-researched and illuminating, and is absolutely readable due to the author's voice and humor. The book looks at race relations and integration policies from the point of view of the people involved, presenting personal stories and quotes nestled in with historical and cultural context. After reading this book, I understand so much more about integration, mandated busing, redlining, blockbusting, and the state of race relations today. Time well spent.
The framing of this book was that basically white people don't know black people, because they haven't gone to school with, lived near, worked with, or prayed with them. And that's the exact opposite of my lived experience, so the grand conclusions he drew had a tendency to bother me. BUT I realize that my lived experience is outside of the norm for White America, so I tried to not take it personally and read through a more anthropological lens -- sort of observe the White American in his natura [...]
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” wrote James Baldwin. White author Tanner Colby decides to face the history of racial integration in the United States when he realizes that he and his fellow Obama supporters don’t have any black friends. In a country where white people sometimes gloss over how our past racism has influenced the present, Colby looks at segregation in the “everyday places where people should meet and interact, but [...]
Some of My Best Friends are Black, by Tanner Colby, is a non-fiction book about the development of integration in America. Colby addresses Jim Crow Laws and how those influenced our society today. It’s a different perspective on how our country developed and opens your eyes to how relevant segregation is still today. The book shows how race issues have been handled in schools, neighborhoods, religion, and in jobs. Colby realized that growing up he really only knew a few African American people [...]
This is about your average white guys experience with integration. He depicts three segments of integration based on places that he has lived. It was very, very interesting. Us white folks born in the last half of the 20th century have been taught that we are integrated, and we believe that. In my graduating class of over 800 there was one black person. (There was a growing number of hispanic students as they migrated in to work in the Tyson factories.) And he was our comedian; our mischief make [...]
This is not some serious textbook chronicling the history of racial integration in America. Neither is it a personal memoir about the author's lack of black friends. It's kind of a combination of both. Colby realized that during the 2008 election, people of many races came together to choose our country's first black president. An when we were done cheering our victory, we went back to our mostly still segregated neighborhoods, school districts, and churches.Colby uses some of his personal exper [...]
Tanner Colby navigates these troubled waters with a sense of humility and grace that I initially didn't think he could pull off. The book boils down to a set of four case studies, about integration in schools (Vestavia Hills and Birmingham), housing (Kansas City), the workplace (advertising), and the church (Grand Coteau, LA). While this does limit the scope of the book somewhat, it allows Colby to dive deeper and get at the prejudices and tensions that very often keep white and black people on [...]
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