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You Can Keep That to Yourself: A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor

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At long last, a much-needed guidebook for well-intentioned people of pallor on what not to say to their African American “friends.”

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before September 1, 2020.

Forthcoming: 9/1/20

$15.95 $11.96

What people are saying…

“In this slim and witty volume, attorney Smyer collects an alphabetized short list of things not to say to African-Americans . . . Each entry is designed to strip away the hypocrisy and half-truths of these cultural exchanges by laughing at them. Smyer’s hilarious sampler offers astute observations on race and culture.”
Publishers Weekly

Critical praise for Knucklehead by Adam Smyer:

Adam Smyer was named the African American Literary Awards Show’s Break-Out Author of 2018 for Knucklehead!

“By setting his novel in the ’90s, Smyer, who lives in Oakland, has crafted some brutal déjà vu. As Marcus reflects on Rodney King, the Million Man March and the Oklahoma City bombing, we think of Freddie Gray, Black Lives Matter and school shootings that have become a way of life. And when Marcus laments San Francisco’s dwindling black population, here we are more than 20 years on, and it’s only gotten worse. We should all be furious.”
San Francisco Chronicle


Description

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before September 1, 2020.

Greetings, well-intentioned person of pallor.

Your good intentions used to be enough. But in these diverse and divisive times, some people would hold you accountable for your actions. You were not raised for such unfairness. You need help. And help you now have.

Let Daquan—that black coworker you are referring to when you claim to have black friends—help you navigate perilous small talk with African Americans with this handy field guide. This portable bit of emotional labor puts at your fingertips a tabbed and alphabetized list of things not to say to black people. Finally!

How to use: Keep this handbook close. Whenever you are confronted with an African American and you feel compelled to blurt out an observation about her hair or to liken your Tesla lease to slavery, ask for a moment to consult this reference. She’ll wait. If the keen insight you want to share is listed herein, You Can Keep That to Yourself. It truly is that easy!


Book Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Published: 9/1/20
  • IBSN: 9781617758966
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758973

Author

ADAM SMYER is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. His nonfiction has appeared in the Johannesburg Review of Books, and his debut novel, Knucklehead, was the sole title short-listed for the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Smyer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and cats. You Can Keep That to Yourself is his latest work.

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