U.S.A. / 2004
We Real Cool is a collection of ten essays by hooks that explore the complexities of Black masculinity in America. hooks takes a brave and holistic look at the ways in which Black Men are restricted by the harmful stereotypes imposed on them. She even goes back to slavery and traces its damaging legacy on the Black male psyche. I often think about the impact of reconciling with the fact that you were once subordinate slaves that could not carry out the classical hallmarks of masculinity - like caretaking, providing, and protecting. This book makes me think about how that woundedness has kind of forced Black Men to redefine their masculinity over time. This book has a lot of healing power, in my opinion. It really made me think about the men in my life and kind of come to terms with their behavior better. A must read, for sure.