PRINT January 1993


bell hooks' Black Looks

Black Looks: race and representation, by bell hooks. Boston: South End Press, 1992.

We have to change our own mind. . . . We’ve got to change our own minds about each other. We have to see each other with new eyes. We have to come together with warmth.

—Malcolm X

Loving blackness as political resistance transforms our ways of looking and being, and thus creates the conditions necessary for us to move against the forces of domination and death and reclaim black life.

—bell hooks

A CALL TO ACTION is different in 1992: the tactic is a privately owned liberation theology, the faith Blackness, the patron saint Vision. In her latest book of essays, cultural critic bell hooks gives up the quotidian for the spooky no-man’s-land of mass-media representation, her site of excavation “images of black people that reinforce and reinscribe white supremacy.” The dig takes her across, rather than down, the

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