Out Of America by Keith Richburg
A Black Man Confronts Africa (A New Republic Book)

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Nothing in Keith Richburg’s long and respected journalistic career at the Washington Post prepared him for what he would encounter as the paper’s correspondent in Africa. He found a continent where brutal murder had become routine, where dictators and warlords silenced dissent with machine guns and machetes, and where starvation had become depressingly common. With a great deal of personal anguish, Richburg faced a difficult question: If this is Africa, what does it mean to be an African American?

In this provocative and unvarnished account of his three years on the continent of his ancestors, Richburg takes us on a extraordinary journey that sweeps from Somalia to South Africa, showing how he confronted the divide between his African racial heritage and his American cultural identity.


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African American journalist Keith B. Richburg was raised in Detroit. He worked for the Foreign Service Office of the Washington Post for several years and is currently the Hong Kong bureau chief for that publication. He wrote Out of America: A Black Man Confronts America after working in Africa for three years and seeing the suffering and corruption there. His controversial book suggests that African Americans should assimilate into mainstream America rather than maintaining a separate cultural identity.
Published September 22, 2009 by Basic Books. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Moreover, faced with his self-identity as a black man- ""there but for the grace of God go I""-and what he sees as black Americans' unthinking invocation of Africa, the jaded author concludes with an embrace of his essentially American identity.

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