Monday, February 23, 2015

Nigger: An Autobiography by Dick Gregory


This was a challenging review to write. I’ve had it drafted for a while, but I didn’t think it was good enough. I still don’t. So to sum it up I’ll go ahead and tell you, Nigger makes my list of best books ever.

Migrations of the Heart by Marita Golden has been the book with the most memorable dedication I’ve read. That was until I opened this one:

Dear Momma - Wherever you are, if ever you hear the word “nigger” again, remember they are advertising my book.

I didn’t make it much further than that before realizing this would be the most emotionally taxing book I’ve read. I ultimately decided to read it in one sitting. It was too distressing to read daily. I started to wonder how so many misfortunes could befall one person.