[Johny Pitts] epub Afropean Notes from Black Europe Free

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  • Afropean Notes from Black Europe
  • Johny Pitts
  • English
  • 23 April 2017
  • 9780141984728

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summary Afropean Notes from Black Europe ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Johny Pitts Á 0 download download ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Á Johny Pitts Y brown skin and my British passport still a ticket into mainland Europe at the time of writing I set out in search of the Afropeans on a cold October morning' Afropean is an on the ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities Here is an alternative map of the continent taking the reader to places like Cova Da Moura the Cape Verdean. I bought this book when it was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize earlier this year since my purchase it went to win this prize I doubt there could have been a apt time to read this than right now Johny Pitts with no book deal at this point no army of researches with a shoestring budget leaves his home in Sheffield to backpack in winter to some European places to search for how Black people live and whether he and others like him have a place in this place dominated by whiteness My skin had disguised my Europeanness European was still being used as a synonym for white Books that deal with uestions about belonging are always once I seek out belonging occupies my thoughts a lot Yes this book is part memoir travelogue bits of history encounters uestions but essentially it is about belonging Pitts ventures to various places in Europe and he says himself that he simply could not go everywhere and recounts some of the things he observes and the people he meets in cities like Paris Berlin Brussels Stockholm etc He wants to know what it is like to live as a Black person in this place The encounters are intertwined with Europe s colonial past the impact of the cold war on countries in Africa European countries failure to deal with their legacy of colonial and post colonial power and exploitation And he often wonders if he could live thereNaturally for each place you could write there is to explore to discuss but this book s remit has never been to be the ultimate book on this topic It is a conversation starter a beginning to confront many uestions of how we prevent Black and Brown and other minority groups from belonging in Europe You could fill tomes about each country He delivers a book that will hopefully encourage all of us to look at the familiar scenes we see all over Europe and ask ourselves How did this come to be How do we create a Europe that allows all people living in it to belong Encouraging me and hopefully others to not expect all answers to be delivered on a platter but to explore for ourselves and look beyond the facade of white Europe

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Afropean Notes from Black Europe

summary Afropean Notes from Black Europe ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Johny Pitts Á 0 download download ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Á Johny Pitts 'Afropean Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping European identity A continent of Algerian flea markets Surinamese shamanism German Reggae and Moorish castles Yes all this was part of Europe too and these were people and places it needed to understand and embrace if it wanted fully functional societies And Black Europeans too need to demand the right to document and disseminate our stories With m. 76th book for 2019An enjoyable informative UK black backpackers trip through Western Europe While I enjoyed the book I would have liked deeper and broader overview there is nothing on Eastern Europe Russia gets a mention and nothing on Italy or Greece For instance the only entry to Germany was Berlin where Pitts seemed to have divided time between Left Radicals and the Jamaican community I know there was a much interesting and nuanced story here both for Berlin and Germany which was missing from Pitts account which makes me suspect this was also true to a greater or lesser extent for the other cities he visited There was also little discussion of the refugee crisis and how this has complicated uestions of race and immigration throughout Europe On the other hand what is here is interesting and it certainly part of a necessary broader conversation about what it means to be Black and European at a time when many people are attacking the virtues of Europe especially as a place of multicultural mix 3 stars

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summary Afropean Notes from Black Europe ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Johny Pitts Á 0 download download ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Á Johny Pitts Shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy and Rinkeby the area of Stockholm that is eighty per cent Muslim Johny Pitts visits the former Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow where West African students are still making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR and Clichy Sous Bois in Paris which gave birth to the 2005 riots all the while presenting Afropeans as lead actors in their own stor. I really like Johny Pitts and loved the photographs in this book The whole premise for this book is really interesting travelling Europe and visiting areas where higher numbers of Black people live and trying to understand their experience in different countries and cities I though this book was really interesting and I loved some parts of it especially the bit where he has dinner with Caryl Phillips and Linton Kwesi Johnson that was such a delight I learned a lot and enjoyed Pitt s voice In general Pitts mixed history with memoir successfully but sometimes the history sections felt a little dry to me and the memoirtravelogue were my favourite Definitely worth the read and am glad I read it and will look out for of Pitts work