One of our country's premier cultural and social critics, bell
hooks has always maintained that eradicating racism and eradicating
sexism must go hand in hand. But whereas many women have been
recognized for their writing on gender politics, the female voice
has been all but locked out of the public discourse on race.
Killing Rage speaks to this imbalance. These twenty-three
essays are written from a black and feminist perspective, and they
tackle the bitter difficulties of racism by envisioning a world
without it. They address a spectrum of topics having to do with
race and racism in the United States: psychological trauma among
African Americans; friendship between black women and white women;
anti-Semitism and racism; and internalized racism in movies and the
media. And in the title essay, hooks writes about the "killing
rage"-the fierce anger of black people stung by repeated instances
of everyday racism-finding in that rage a healing source of love
and strength and a catalyst for positive change.
bell hooks is Distinguished Professor of English at City College of
New York. She is the author of the memoir Bone Black as
well as eleven other books. She lives in New York City.