I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Patricia A. Turner
Rumor in African-American Culture

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This study explores how rumours that run rife in African-American communities, concerning such issues as AIDS, the Ku Klux Klan and FBI conspiracies, translate white oppression into folk warnings, and are used by the community to respond to a hostile dominant culture.

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Patricia A. Turner is professor of African American and African studies and the vice provost of undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis. She is also the author of Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture, among other books.
Published August 25, 1994 by University of California Press. 260 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Like ancient myths warning about the powers of nature, she says, rumors that the Ku Klux Klan owns a popular fried-chicken chain and has inserted an ingredient that will sterilize black men remind African-Americans that they live in a white society still hostile to blacks.

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