While this book is part memoir, the best parts of this book are the chapters on intersectionality. Mychal Denzel Smith shows how he views the world as a young, black man in America, but then he looks outside himself to see how racism has affected many different parts of society. He writes about the treatment of African-American women and LGBT people of color in America. He also looks at the way mental health care is not readily available, and the effects that has had on African-American communities. Towards the end of the book he looks at the politics of respectability, and how disastrous and unfair that line of thinking is.

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