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Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley uses humor to confront racism's unjust impact on the health and wellbeing of Blacks and minorities White people love survival guides. But have you noticed they’re always about ridiculous activities in locations far from home, with chapters like “How to Survive an Avalanche" or "How to Live on Bugs in the Jungle.” Huh?! You know who really nee Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley uses humor to confront racism's unjust impact on the health and wellbeing of Blacks and minorities White people love survival guides. But have you noticed they’re always about ridiculous activities in locations far from home, with chapters like “How to Survive an Avalanche" or "How to Live on Bugs in the Jungle.” Huh?! You know who really needs a survival guide? Black and brown Americans. For surviving their own damn country! Minority populations wake up every day in a battle for their health and safety. Thankfully, legendary activist-comedian D.L. Hughley offers How to Survive America, a fearless satire that exposes racism’s unjust toll on our bodies and minds. Even before COVID-19 disproportionately impacted minority communities, life expectancy for Blacks was a full three years less than for white Americans. The very air we breathe is more polluted, our water is more contaminated, our local food options are toxic, and our jobs are underpaid. Despite the obvious need, the quality of our health care is tragically inadequate. Our communities are statistically less safe than the average, and yet we’re terrorized by the law-enforcement and criminal-justice systems that are supposed to protect us, sending Blacks to prison at five times the rate of whites. Not least, our means of addressing these injustices—voting—is perennially under assault. It’s enough to drive you crazy. Well, guess what? According to Cigna, Blacks are 20 percent more likely to report “psychological distress” yet “50 percent less likely to receive counseling or mental health treatment.” It’s almost like the entire country has been structured with no regard for our welfare. Hmmm. Whether you’re Black, white, brown, or Asian, don’t leave home without arming yourself with <>How to Survive America!


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Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley uses humor to confront racism's unjust impact on the health and wellbeing of Blacks and minorities White people love survival guides. But have you noticed they’re always about ridiculous activities in locations far from home, with chapters like “How to Survive an Avalanche" or "How to Live on Bugs in the Jungle.” Huh?! You know who really nee Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley uses humor to confront racism's unjust impact on the health and wellbeing of Blacks and minorities White people love survival guides. But have you noticed they’re always about ridiculous activities in locations far from home, with chapters like “How to Survive an Avalanche" or "How to Live on Bugs in the Jungle.” Huh?! You know who really needs a survival guide? Black and brown Americans. For surviving their own damn country! Minority populations wake up every day in a battle for their health and safety. Thankfully, legendary activist-comedian D.L. Hughley offers How to Survive America, a fearless satire that exposes racism’s unjust toll on our bodies and minds. Even before COVID-19 disproportionately impacted minority communities, life expectancy for Blacks was a full three years less than for white Americans. The very air we breathe is more polluted, our water is more contaminated, our local food options are toxic, and our jobs are underpaid. Despite the obvious need, the quality of our health care is tragically inadequate. Our communities are statistically less safe than the average, and yet we’re terrorized by the law-enforcement and criminal-justice systems that are supposed to protect us, sending Blacks to prison at five times the rate of whites. Not least, our means of addressing these injustices—voting—is perennially under assault. It’s enough to drive you crazy. Well, guess what? According to Cigna, Blacks are 20 percent more likely to report “psychological distress” yet “50 percent less likely to receive counseling or mental health treatment.” It’s almost like the entire country has been structured with no regard for our welfare. Hmmm. Whether you’re Black, white, brown, or Asian, don’t leave home without arming yourself with <>How to Survive America!

30 review for How to Survive America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    I've read quite a few D.L. Hughley books at this point and I didn't enjoy his last one as much as I anticipated, but this one definitely was a great exploration of the treatment of the Black body in America. D.L. Hughley is often known for his comedy and acting skills, but a lot of people don't realize how much commentary he makes about current political and social issues. His works always cover a range of different topics. This specific book How to Survive America covers the difficulties that ma I've read quite a few D.L. Hughley books at this point and I didn't enjoy his last one as much as I anticipated, but this one definitely was a great exploration of the treatment of the Black body in America. D.L. Hughley is often known for his comedy and acting skills, but a lot of people don't realize how much commentary he makes about current political and social issues. His works always cover a range of different topics. This specific book How to Survive America covers the difficulties that many Black and Brown individuals face in America in terms of health. There are a couple of things that I took away from this novel, but I really enjoyed the conversations related to the ways in which COVID impacted minority communities. The media talks a lot about the disproportionate numbers in relation to COVID, but Hughley definitely dives deep into factors that would cause the disproportionate numbers to exists. The lack of access to healthcare prior to the pandemic and the ways in which Black and Brown communities were treated by the medical community prior to pandemic are key factors. It is also important to note the ways in which the country responded to the need to "reopen" the country once they figured out that Black and Brown communities were facing more difficult aspects related to COVID. Hughley even goes into conversations related to the vaccine rollout which the country is struggling with right now. There was a specific hesitancy amongst Black Americans because of this history of unethical testing. I know Black people in the community that are still weary of doctors because of the treatment of Black bodies (this is also something that Hughley covers). As per usual, he doesn't fail to keep it real and unlike his last book, this book felt up to date with topics that I could currently relate to. Honestly, if you haven't checked out some of his non-fiction books I highly recommend it and I also recommend listening to them on audio.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Fair warning: I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I struggled to come up with a summary of this book. In the end, though, I don't think I'll be able to do better than this sentence from the back cover of the ARC (probably it will appear on one of the jacket flaps of the hardcover): "D.L. Hughley does a deep dive into the white lies surrounding Black public health, resulting in a lively work of social commentary that's essential for understanding race relations in America today Fair warning: I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I struggled to come up with a summary of this book. In the end, though, I don't think I'll be able to do better than this sentence from the back cover of the ARC (probably it will appear on one of the jacket flaps of the hardcover): "D.L. Hughley does a deep dive into the white lies surrounding Black public health, resulting in a lively work of social commentary that's essential for understanding race relations in America today. " I don't think I had ever heard of Hughley prior to an appearance he did on the Daily Show. He was either promoting this book or his previous one, How Not to Get Shot. The details escape me, but he definitely impressed me as someone with Something to Say, and possessed of the ability to do so in an entertaining fashion. Anyone can do research, but the ability to grab and hold one's attention while clearly communicating that research? That's a talent. Much of what's covered in this book are recent events. But even though I lived through them, the impact seems greater here. Over the past couple of years, everything unfolded at the pace of life. But here it's just bam! bam! bam! One thing right after the other. Did reading this make me uncomfortable at times? Sure, but as a white middle class male, that's not really surprising. I would speculate that, the more uncomfortable and defensive this book makes you, the more likely it is that you need to read it. Recommended!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This is now my third DL Hughley book and although it was hard to listen to because of the content- it reviews the past 4 years (and more) of this country’s racism and effects- it’s still such a good way to get an educated (and at times funny) picture of what it feels like to be Black or Brown in the US today. I listened to this audiobook and although Hughley is an extremely competent reader (and fast!) his voice can be a little harsh so some might find reading the book or ebook a better way to d This is now my third DL Hughley book and although it was hard to listen to because of the content- it reviews the past 4 years (and more) of this country’s racism and effects- it’s still such a good way to get an educated (and at times funny) picture of what it feels like to be Black or Brown in the US today. I listened to this audiobook and although Hughley is an extremely competent reader (and fast!) his voice can be a little harsh so some might find reading the book or ebook a better way to digest this context. There is a lot here and he backs it all up with data. I think Hughley’s books might especially appeal to guys. Again, I think he’s wonderful and this book is definitely worth reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    How to Survive America I Picked Up This Book Because: I can’t resist a celebrity book Media Type: Audiobook Source: Library Dates Read: 6/28/21 - 6/28/21 Stars: 4 Stars The Story: Observations on living in America while being brown. While we all know there are not fast and hard solutions to racism there are some good points made and a lot to think about presented in this book. The Random Thoughts: Challenges: Birth and Beyond Reading Challenge - Adult:Essay How to Survive America I Picked Up This Book Because: I can’t resist a celebrity book Media Type: Audiobook Source: Library Dates Read: 6/28/21 - 6/28/21 Stars: 4 Stars The Story: Observations on living in America while being brown. While we all know there are not fast and hard solutions to racism there are some good points made and a lot to think about presented in this book. The Random Thoughts: Challenges: Birth and Beyond Reading Challenge - Adult:Essays

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    D. L. Hughley is a black comedian whose last book, How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People, I really liked and I thought it made sense and had good points. This time he still has good points, but I kept cringing at his use of the "N" word as well as the "F" word and its variations. He sounds like an angry black man and I think he has reason to sound that way. I will continue to listen to people like Hughley so that I might learn and some day our races may have a meeting of minds a D. L. Hughley is a black comedian whose last book, How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People, I really liked and I thought it made sense and had good points. This time he still has good points, but I kept cringing at his use of the "N" word as well as the "F" word and its variations. He sounds like an angry black man and I think he has reason to sound that way. I will continue to listen to people like Hughley so that I might learn and some day our races may have a meeting of minds and actions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Suz Hutch

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is hard to read because it’s blunt but that’s what I liked about it! He paints the picture of what it’s like to survive America as he puts it as a “black or brown persons”. It’s raw, it’s real and it’s eye opening! He touches a lot on the former President which may be touchy for some people but again it’s raw and it’s real. I like how he threw some humor in to make it more light but it’s a subject that needs to be out there more and I like how he approached it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Sorrentino

    Insightful and hilarious. Gotta hand it to D.L. He handles such a serious subject with so much humor.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary Sisney

    This is the third Hughley book I’ve read in recent years; I’ve enjoyed all of them. Hughley is funny but also usually perceptive and wise. I especially appreciated his take down of “overconfident idiot” Jared Kushner and the comparison between Charles Kushner and D.L.’s father Charlie. I also liked the very perceptive and humorous comment that voter fraud is not the kind of crime blacks commit. It’s a white crime (white collar and white folks). I wish he’d added that black folks often don’t vote This is the third Hughley book I’ve read in recent years; I’ve enjoyed all of them. Hughley is funny but also usually perceptive and wise. I especially appreciated his take down of “overconfident idiot” Jared Kushner and the comparison between Charles Kushner and D.L.’s father Charlie. I also liked the very perceptive and humorous comment that voter fraud is not the kind of crime blacks commit. It’s a white crime (white collar and white folks). I wish he’d added that black folks often don’t vote, and what the white supremacists really mean is that it’s a crime for blacks (and browns) to vote. In fact, a couple of times, Hughley doesn’t go far enough in taking down white supremacists. He doesn’t point out, for instance, that the white supremacists saw Covid as a way to kill black and brown people. The attacks on masking and closing down of businesses became louder when it was reported that more black and brown people were dying of the disease. He also doesn’t mention (so maybe didn’t hear) that one jerk said black people get the disease more often because they don’t wash their hands. I’m not sure who he was watching or reading, but I didn’t see people blaming all black folks for selecting Biden, who some liberals foolishly thought would lose to Trump even though Trump clearly feared him the most. In fact, many of the younger black and brown Democrats were for Sanders as were some of the rappers. (I liked Hughley’s joke that Trump had rapper Little Wayne, but Biden had Wayne County, Michigan.) The folks I was battling on social media blamed the baby boomers of all races for picking Biden. As Hughley said, the black folks, especially the women, saved the country in November, but before the general election, it was the black baby boomers who saved us from Sanders, who definitely would have lost to Trump.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from William Morrow and Custom House in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I am a fan of D.L. Hughley and can see why he is a King of Comedy. Now more than ever with the pandemic and the events of the death of George Floyd that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement, people need some comedy in their lives and use them as a shield of hatred. I love the approach Hughley took with this book and while This book was received as an ARC from William Morrow and Custom House in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I am a fan of D.L. Hughley and can see why he is a King of Comedy. Now more than ever with the pandemic and the events of the death of George Floyd that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement, people need some comedy in their lives and use them as a shield of hatred. I love the approach Hughley took with this book and while I was reading, I could not help but think of Chris Rock's character Mays Gilliam in Head of State and how he made his speech and kept repeating the words "that a'int right!" Reading all of the statistics compared to the white population and hear they have to live and deal with that is very heartbreaking and D.L. brilliantly uses humor to diffuse the situation and how it is never a crime to look out for yourself and most importantly take care of yourself. I know this book will do very well in our library collection. We will consider adding this title to our Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    3.5 stars This was a good listen. It was a stronger book than D.L. Hughley's last one (Surrender, White People!: Our Unconditional Terms for Peace) and less repetitive than How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People. He gives fantastic examples of social, racial, and environmental injustices and the effects these have on the ability of Black and brown folks to survive in the US. He also addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate effects, how these injustices manifest th 3.5 stars This was a good listen. It was a stronger book than D.L. Hughley's last one (Surrender, White People!: Our Unconditional Terms for Peace) and less repetitive than How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People. He gives fantastic examples of social, racial, and environmental injustices and the effects these have on the ability of Black and brown folks to survive in the US. He also addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate effects, how these injustices manifest themselves in our physical and mental health, and why 45* was a terrible president for Black people (and how pretty much all of the others were too).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Roueida

    I won "how to survive America" through Goodreads. It was a quick read. I was interested in D.L. Hughley's, at times, humorous but sobering take on racism and the impact of COVID in America. He shares some historically and politically relevant facts that support his argument that Black and Brown Americans are only provided the basics of life (adequate education, clean water, adequate housing and medical care), in one of the riches countries in the world, when absolutely necessary, and even then, I won "how to survive America" through Goodreads. It was a quick read. I was interested in D.L. Hughley's, at times, humorous but sobering take on racism and the impact of COVID in America. He shares some historically and politically relevant facts that support his argument that Black and Brown Americans are only provided the basics of life (adequate education, clean water, adequate housing and medical care), in one of the riches countries in the world, when absolutely necessary, and even then, only while those in positions of power see it as an opportunity to benefit from it by spinning it in their favor. I think what I valued most about "how to survive America" is reading about D.L. Hughley's personal account of what it was like for him growing up in America. He not only survived significant odds, but now has a unique platform to reach others. The only issue I had with it is that he seems to buy into the narrative of the Democrats being on the right side and attributes what is wrong with America to Republicans. This is the same narrative that those in power have used to divide and oppress it's American citizens since the birth of our nation. It pits us against each other for leverage. The Democrats and Republicans are on the same team - team corporate oligarchs. Both parties are equally responsible for where we find our selves as a nation today. As long as profits continue to be valued over people in America and as long as we don't hold the powers that be accountable, the disenfranchised will continue to lose.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erikka

    This one is a little messier writing-wise than the previous two books of his that I’ve read, but I still enjoyed the points he made. This is mostly about the coronavirus, the Trump loss and Biden win in 2020, the insurrection on January 6, 2021, and of course, how racist America is. It’s mostly about that. As it should be. Bc we are hella racist. I took a few stars off bc I feel like the ending was a bit rambly and there didn’t seem to be a cohesive flow. But the conversational quality is consis This one is a little messier writing-wise than the previous two books of his that I’ve read, but I still enjoyed the points he made. This is mostly about the coronavirus, the Trump loss and Biden win in 2020, the insurrection on January 6, 2021, and of course, how racist America is. It’s mostly about that. As it should be. Bc we are hella racist. I took a few stars off bc I feel like the ending was a bit rambly and there didn’t seem to be a cohesive flow. But the conversational quality is consistent among all three books and is very approachable. This has its place in the anti-racism canon like the others.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🌤 Scathing, uncomfortable, important. A bit of humor sprinkled throughout and usually followed by ‘but I digress’, so that you’ll recognize it. Spoonfuls of sugar, as they sang. But mostly sarcastic, blunt, and backed with facts about racial inequalities existing in health and environmental factors which affect life expectancy. I’ve also read his two latest books before this one, and found this one’s tone less-comedic than those, yet still retaining their same salty, easy readability.

  14. 4 out of 5

    fc7reads

    Hughley's writing manages to be humorous despite the seriousness of the content. Systemic racism is an incredibly touchy topic in America, at least in part because we've never faced it head on so we're still neck deep in it. We deny and justify and rationalize but we don't acknowledge the brutal truth of it and that has kept us from dismantling it and moving forward. Hughley highlights multiple ways America could start to truly come to grips with this issue. His writing isn't a how-to guide, but Hughley's writing manages to be humorous despite the seriousness of the content. Systemic racism is an incredibly touchy topic in America, at least in part because we've never faced it head on so we're still neck deep in it. We deny and justify and rationalize but we don't acknowledge the brutal truth of it and that has kept us from dismantling it and moving forward. Hughley highlights multiple ways America could start to truly come to grips with this issue. His writing isn't a how-to guide, but healing any of the systems about which he writes would start America on a healing path.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    I saw an interview with Hughley where the interviewer said it was incredibly funny. Hughley is a funny man with that sideways vision that makes the ordinary funny. I listened to the audiobook. His delivery is priceless. In this case, the ordinary is racism and the laughter is evoked in his ironic, sarcastic asides. The information, however, is devastating. Systemic racism and classism turns living into a battle for survival for black and brown people.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris Jaffe

    Decent at making its points and frequently pretty humorous to boot. The best part I thought was on why black people don't trust the medical community (because they don't get treated well by it). There's also some good stats on the backlash to the George Floyd protests (less than 1% turned violent toward people and less than 4% involved property damage). It's often fairly basic and is more an overview than anything in depth. Decent at making its points and frequently pretty humorous to boot. The best part I thought was on why black people don't trust the medical community (because they don't get treated well by it). There's also some good stats on the backlash to the George Floyd protests (less than 1% turned violent toward people and less than 4% involved property damage). It's often fairly basic and is more an overview than anything in depth.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    This was a funny but fact book. I love the list of Presidents and how they all felt about the people! He does give the facts about how Blacks are treated and what they are going through. He covered a lot of facts. This is a quick read and I'm so glad I got to read this book. Everyone should read this book! This was a funny but fact book. I love the list of Presidents and how they all felt about the people! He does give the facts about how Blacks are treated and what they are going through. He covered a lot of facts. This is a quick read and I'm so glad I got to read this book. Everyone should read this book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Name Helen

    The best book on racism I've read Hughley makes you feel the essence of racism in a way that I never did before as a white person. And I have an adopted Black daughter. Every white person should read this book. Along with his pithy humor he has marshalled a large body of telling statistics. The best book on racism I've read Hughley makes you feel the essence of racism in a way that I never did before as a white person. And I have an adopted Black daughter. Every white person should read this book. Along with his pithy humor he has marshalled a large body of telling statistics.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rowdy Rooksy

    This was a great book! I got the audio version and listened to whenever I drove or was working out. It was insightful and funny. He has a great ability to intermingle politics, social issues and comedy in a brilliant way. Definitely recommend this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    I have always been a big fan of DL Hughley. This work is detailed account of Black American history. It's blatant, unapologetic and deeply honest. It's also very funny. He pulls no punches! This work is passionate and thorough. He covers just about everything in Black America. I have always been a big fan of DL Hughley. This work is detailed account of Black American history. It's blatant, unapologetic and deeply honest. It's also very funny. He pulls no punches! This work is passionate and thorough. He covers just about everything in Black America.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    This is another brutally honest book from D. L. As for America's survival, make no mistake that it’s a bellicose nation - the insurrection and plots to kidnap elected officials are just the beginning. This is another brutally honest book from D. L. As for America's survival, make no mistake that it’s a bellicose nation - the insurrection and plots to kidnap elected officials are just the beginning.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Hammelef

    This book is filled with humor and sarcasm that I absolutely loved, but most importantly, the author uses both historic and current events to provide wisdom and stark truths about life as a black person in America. This will not be my last book by this author and I will be recommending this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Anderson

    3.5 stars. I feel like if he had fleshed out some of his thoughts I would have gone to 4 stars but it’s still an important read

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tani Garberg

    This was a great book. Hughley was adept at getting to what he feels is the root causes of problems in America but does it with a bit of humor. I highly recommend this book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robin McCool

    Hysterically, laugh out loud funny about a topic which should not be...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Larry

    hilarious but factual

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Case

    dull

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Seay

    Real and cleverly done. Outstanding read. DL is entertaining, thought provoking, and 100% real in truth telling! More content like this needs to be published

  29. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

    Read. This. Book. You must read this book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Norman Bouwie

    D.L. does it again. This was a very funny but informative book. I love that he mixes comedy with real facts. Looking forward to his next book.

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