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I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts: 10/21/09
Larry Wilmore is currently the senior black correspondent to The Daily Show. He has written for The Office, The Bernie Mac Show and a bunch of other things I haven't watched except for clips here and there. I read his book, I'd Rather We Got Casinos because it was offered at a recent Bookcrossing meeting and I liked the title.
The book contains a collection of his "Black Thoughts" essays. They discuss important things (race, discrimination, profiling etc) and silly things (why UFOs are only interested in whites) with the same semi-serious semi-comedic tone. Put together these essays form a mosaic of what it's like to be black in the United States.
My only complaint is that some of the essays are repetitive. The same jokes and talking points show up in different essays. After the first half of the book I went from carefully reading to skimming. If I had been a regular watcher of The Daily Show or otherwise a fan of Larry Wilmore's work I probably would have enjoyed the book more than I did.