What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker

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For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as “How should I react here, as a professional black person?” and “Will this white person’s potato salad kill me?” are forever relevant.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker chronicles Young’s efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him.

It’s a condition that’s sometimes stretched to absurd limits, provoking the angst that made him question if he was any good at the “being straight” thing, as if his sexual orientation was something he could practice and get better at, like a crossover dribble move or knitting; creating the farce where, as a teen, he wished for a white person to call him a racial slur just so he could fight him and have a great story about it; and generating the surreality of watching gentrification transform his Pittsburgh neighborhood from predominantly Black to “Portlandia … but with Pierogies.”

And, at its most devastating, it provides him reason to believe that his mother would be alive today if she were white.

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Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × 1.1 in
Book Author

Date Published

March 26, 2019

Format

Hardcover

Language

English

Pages

320

Publisher

Ecco

Year Published

2019

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