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1.0 out of 5 starsRacist and anti-Semitic
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2006
This book is Christian Dim's latest gem! He focuses on how the Jews are responsible for holding back the progress of African-Americans. Most people will know that this is utter nonsense. It is important to note that this material was written by a man who believes Jews were responsible for 9/11 and a world Jewish conspiracy. Christian's arguments are based on invented or distorted evidence and even then they are very unconvincing. This book should be tossed into the bin where it belongs. I'm a Christian socialist, who believes in tolerance of different races and religions. It is disgraceful that anti-Semitic racists such as Christian Kim are given the 'oxygen' of the press to vent their evil views.
There was a march for immigration over the weekend in Los Angeles and there were over 500,000 people there. As I marched, I realized how important this book was. It all came together for me -- how Toni Morrison's BELOVED proved to be African-American scripture. I came to think about how the march may be something similar to that for the Mexican community. We Mexicans are creating a type of scripture. Now, I appreciate Prof. Kim's book more. I am eager to read it again with the new insight.
5.0 out of 5 starsCritically Important Book In Light Of Anti-Black Bias In Academia
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2006
There is an anti-black bias in academia -- particularly in the study of religion. If you see the recent hirings by Religion Departments in American universities, you can see that blacks were looked over and instead "other minorities" such as white women or a white Jew was chosen as a professor. Minority is a word that is used to disenfranchise blacks and other people of color and give power to white Jews and white women at the expense of the people of color. In such a climate in Religion Deapartments of American universities, this book is important. It shows that black voice in literature should be celebrated. I commend Kim for his contribution to raising awareness of the value of black scholarship.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat contribution to American history!
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2006
I believe that this is a very important book for American history because it tackles difficult issues of slavery and suffering of the people of color. The strength of Kim's analysis is that he takes a creative approach to the examination. Narrative analysis and literary criticism are employed in a symbiotic creation of significant text. This idea makes a lot of sense in light of current advanced research on the topic of signifying of scripture.
This is the worst book I've ever read; it is full of bigoted rubbish e.g. Christian claims that Jews are racist towards African-Americans. Every conceivable trick is used by Christian Kim to convince the reader of the validity of this viewpoint. This really is the most appalling example of anti-Semitic literature I've come across. I do hope that many potential readers will vote with their feet and give this awful book a miss.
5.0 out of 5 starsImpressive Book by Lady Davis Fellow!
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2006
This is a very impressive book by a Lady Davis Fellow. Lady Davis was a wealthy noble Jewish lady from Britain who funded many charities and philanthropic enterprises. Lady Davis Fellowship still stands as the most prestigious fellowship an academic can hold in the State of Israel. I applaud Prof. Kim to utilizing his research from Israel to produce such creative scholarship to be shared with the whole world. He is like a candle unto the nations.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn Important Work on Ethnic Studies
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2006
This is a very important work on ethnic studies. The groundbreaking element is in the author's use of genre studies -- particularly relating to the study of fantasy and horror literature -- for explaining the experience of the black people in America. This book will give much intellectual stimulation for academics who can build on the research. There is ample stuff for academic laity to appreciate as well.
1.0 out of 5 starsTerrible book written by a sex pest!
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2006
This really is a terribly boring book written by an alleged anti-Semite and sex pest. The usual story about Jews being the cause of all the ills of the world crops up time and time again in Kim's literature; this book is no different. Kim claims that African-Americans are persecuted by Jews, which is utter nonsense. African-Americans have suffered more at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan and other white, Christian racist organisations. I would advise all prospective readers to avoid this book like the plague.