I've always concerned myself with being aware of race. I was taught as a child that everyone is the same, but we really aren't. I'm 6'5" and it is very unlikely that more than 1% of you are even within an inch of that height. I'm rather pale, being of an Irish, German, Scottish and northern Italian heritage. That makes me different from other folks. Oh sure, we all are human and have a soul and what not, but we are different creatures from different places and different backgrounds.
Apparently some folks concern themselves with either the color of their skin or the behaviors they exhibit. Sometimes they are told they aren't acting according to a stereotype or opinion held by the observer. This causes a divide for some and a source of angst for others.
So, when Baratunde Thurston asks himself and his panel of Blackness Experts "How Black Are You?", it is a fascinating topic. What does being Black mean to the observer? Do you define "Black" as "Poor Black Child" (thank you Steve Martin)? How about "Militant Urban Activist"? Is your definition based on watching The Wire or The Cosby Show? Listening to Oprah talk or Ice-T? Chuck D or KRS-1?
Reading this book should give you an insight into a singular black experience - as atypical as any other. It should let you better understand that "being Black" isn't about being a thug. Or talking a certain way. It is about being You - just able to dance better than most of your friends.
Tell me - who is more "Black" - Will Smith or Eminem?
After reading Daemon by Suarez, I was excited to hear about the sequel. I was looking forward to a continuation of the story. What I wasn't expecting was an evolution of the story.
Daemon was mostly about the machinations of the program, it's operatives and the government efforts against it. Freedom(tm) is about so much more.
With the world established, Suarez is able to flesh out the "Dark Net" - his interpretation of Augmented Reality. And he hits it out of the park. He creates a world so plausible and compelling that I am interested in joining this reality, despite it hanging on the brink of social disorder.
As I said, absolutely fantastic.
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