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Publisher's Summary

"Dispels the myth that people of color are somehow predisposed to poor health, blaming systemic injustice in the health care system." (New York Times Book Review)

Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley uses his "hilarious yet soul-shaking" (Black Enterprise) 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!

©2021 D. L. Hughley and Doug Moe (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers
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I'm really glad they wrote This Book

it's unfortunate that look like this so necessary in the year 2021 but sadly they are so many of these examples and stories that were highlighted in this book and previous books before show that even though we move forward as not a country but as a species we still have so much work to do but I'm glad that in this long War we continue to fight amongst ourselves there are books like this that can help us move forward in the fight of our minds and hopefully our hearts

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This was a great piece of work highlighting much of what’s been going on in America today. Although I think this is a great book for the black and African-American communities, I wish all races would take the time to read through it. It offers an interesting perspective that some need to hear. Not to serve as a means to change their minds, but at least to let them know how we see things.

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DL deliverd only like he can in this one

I listened to this one all the way through and DL gave it to us only as he can with intrigue raw comedy and candid introspective

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i bet there are people who would disagree with everything said in this book despite the facts presented. What can we do?

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OMG just Spectacular 😍 Love it!🤗❣️
looking forward to listening again and again 😊 I will continue to share with family and friends.

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Very good and insightful perspective.

Enjoyed this book. Very good and insightful perspective by the author. I was fully engaged throughout the narration.

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Fantastic, more white people need to hear it

As a white male I do as much as I can to learn about systemic racism and how it affects people of color. A lot of points made in this book were very eye opening. I feel more white people should actively try to research and learn how the system is so flawed and this book supplies lots of sad but true information. The author did a great job. I will recommend this book to anyone, especially those who have very one sided views.

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Funny but Not!

D.L. is as educational and funny as ever! He manages to entertain and inform at the same time. I don't think anyone else could narrate his books. His voice is as important as his words!

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Loved listening to this book that details current events of the United States of Ameica

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DL Hughley has a way of presenting tough information in a way that is more palatable. I think it is a book that most open minded people could appreciate and one that closed minded folk need to hear.