Hi! My Name Is Loco and I Am a Racist
Born to Love - Taught to Loathe In this powerful and controversial debut book, acclaimed blogger turned author, Baye McNeil (a.k.a. Loco), vividly illustrates with unflinching introspection and candor the birth and evolution of a racist and in doing so makes the persuasive argument that the only way to cure this social virus is by first engaging one's own susceptibility. Loco takes us on a scintillating journey from the streets of Brooklyn, where a child's first playground was the front lines of the Pan-African Nationalist and Black Power movements of the 70s, to a period of black militancy, military service, interracial romance and corporate bigotry in the 80s and 90s. Following the earth-shattering events of 9/11/2001, Loco journeys to Japan where he learns the hard way why the old adage: you can't hide from yourself, has hung around so long. He finds the woman he was born to love; only she's a member of a race he has come to loathe! In the name of this love, Loco confronts his dark stowaway with deep roots even as the world is literally falling apart around him, in the form of the Tohoku disaster of 3/11/2011. A book that is both a memoir and an impassioned call to arms, Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist tells us in no uncertain terms that while racism continues to be demonized as a dark aberration that only "evil people," ignorant fools, or people lacking compassion and common decency are subject to, then it will remain at large - hiding in plain sight, in our schools, offices, carpools, living rooms and sometimes even in the mirror.
- Paperback | 392 pages
- 152 x 228 x 28mm | 539.77g
- 15 Jan 2012
- Hunterfly Road Publishing
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Baye McNeil
Baye McNeil (a.k.a. Loco) is an author, columnist, freelance writer and blogger from Brooklyn. He graduated from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY with a degree in English and Communications. He's resided the better part of a decade in Yokohama, Japan, where he teaches junior high school English. He's a columnist for The Japan Times and also continues to blog about life as a foreigner, a New Yorker and a black man living on a tiny homogenous island. For more information visit: www.bayemcneil.com This is his first book. He is currently working on his 2nd about the jubilation and tribulations of teaching in Japan.
Our customer reviews
Firstly, I think anybody who has lived in Japan would find this book interesting and insightful, I think you should buy this book. However, even if you have no interest in Japan, this book has plenty to offer. Baye's obviously a person who watches people and his environment with eagle eyes. Then, he churnes over the meanings that bubbles beneath the surface of life. His writing style is highly engaging, strong and straight forward which meant I finished this book in no time. While Baye's book spends a good amount of time in Japan, there's a lot more to it. This is an autobiography and the good news is that Baye was led an interesting life from an alternative school that promoted African culture to his time with the 5 Percenters to the military. For me, his experiences opened my eyes to (sub)cultures I didn't realise existed. The book is about Baye, it's also about how he deals with race both in America and in Japan, hence the title. He's honest and seems on a constant battle to understand himself, his world. Also some of the characters he relates in his time in military are classics. For me, this part of his book is my favourite even though I approached his book with a focus on Japan. A good way to work out if this book your cup of tea would be to check out LocoinYokohama his blog and do a little reading.show moreby Dan McMullan
Once a professor told me that after studying medicine, psychiatry and becoming a doctor in literature, she discovered that the only place she found true humanity was in autobiographical literature. It unfolds in so many levels, and so many elements of fiction and reality meet in the craft, that it is the literary genre that reveals the most about the richness of human essence. Loco's book reassured that belief in a stronger way than any of the autobiographies I have read ever did. His narration is revealing, moving, smart, comical and so incredibly deep at the same time that it left me fighting and thinking about my own demons for weeks and weeks. This piece is not just a memoir, it is not just "a revenge on history", it is not just an attempt to tell one's story so that experience is visible but caged in selfish censorship. This literary piece is a portrait of the darkest and loveliest bits and pieces that make us human. It is a beautiful book from beginning to end. The blog entries, the filter of reason and the voice of experience intertwine and speak together to the reader's soul. The reader ends up permeated (I ended up, for sure) of love and suffering, of trauma and recovery, of death and rebirth in every chapter. Thank you Loco.show moreby camila