Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Black & Blue Like Me: Comedian Brian Copeland Copes In New Book

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Racism is hardly a secret in America, but severe depression in American blacks that results from it far less talked about.

So comedian Brian Copeland, the author of Not A Genuine Black Man (Hyperion), has decided to school the reading public in his book, which is subtitled: Or, How I Claimed My Piece of Ground In The Lily-White Suburbs.

Copeland says the alienation and harassment often suffered by anyone who doesn’t “fit” can lead to depression, but many in the African-American community never openly admit it – certainly not in the honest yet hilarious way his memoirs do.

Now, Copeland says professionals, peers and fans are thanking him profusely for sharing his story – and give him surprising feedback of their own.

In his words, “The therapy crowd tells me the book can really help white therapists understand what it is to be a black child and face racism – and what it does to someone, how it affects so much of their life.”

He adds: “And one woman told me she never had the courage to seek help for her suicidal urges before, but that she was going to call someone right away.”

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