- About Ishmael Reed
- Airing Dirty Laundry
- Another Day At The Front: Dispatches From The Race War
- Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers
- Blues City: A Walk in Oakland
- GOD MADE ALASKA FOR THE INDIANS: Selected Essays
- Going Too Far: Essays About America's Nervous Breakdown
- Mixing It Up: Taking on the Media Bullies and Other Reflections
- Oakland Rhapsody, The Secret Soul Of An American Downtown, with photographs by Richard Nagler
- Shrovetide in Old New Orleans: Essays
- The Complete Muhammad Ali
- Writin' is Fightin': Thirty-Seven Years of Boxing on Paper
- 19 Necromancers From Now
- CALAFIA: The California Poetry
- From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900–2001
- MultiAmerica, Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace
- Pow Wow, 63 Writers Address the Fault Lines in the American Experience
- THE BEFORE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION FICTION ANTHOLOGY: SELECTIONS FROM THE AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS 1980-1990
- The Before Columbus Foundation Poetry Anthology, Selections from the American Book Awards 1980–1990
- The HarperCollins Literary Mosaic Series, Ishmael Reed, General Editor
- The Reed Reader
- Yardbird Lives!
GOD MADE ALASKA FOR THE INDIANS: Selected Essays
Ishmael Reed’s second book of essays, written between 1976 and 1981, covers Muhammad Ali, the politics of the American Poetry scene, race war in America, and black Irishmen. His title essay, centered on the passage of Congressional bill HR-39, chronicles long fought legal battles between Sierra Club environmentalists, corporations formed by Haidas and Tlingits, commercial business interests, and state and federal politicians.
Concluding the book February 4, 1982, Reed writes: “There is an ugliness and viciousness in the air as well as mono-cultural arrogance and ignorance. During Halloween, somebody went into a drugstore and paced acid in the eyewash products. There are people with political and cultural power who are doing that to the American vision, placing poisons in the solutions which would cleanse it; the kids didn’t invent the phenomenon of punk; it ‘trickled down,’ from their elders; punker ideologues whose speeches sound bellicose and uncharitable toward the powerless; a punker cultural leadership which spends so much time ridiculing and belittling the cultural achievements of others, when not ignoring them; punker media which view nonwhite groups in terms of gross and demeaning caricatures.
“At this time in American history, we are like ghosts talking gibberish through different dimensions, and stupid men do not make good mediums.”
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