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Reporter Nathan McCall Discusses Growing Up Black in the U. S.

Reporter for The Washington Post Nathan McCall. He's written a new autobiography, "Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America." (Random House). When McCall was twenty years old he was sent to prison for armed robbery. In his new book, McCall writes about growing up in a suburban neighborhood, and the anger he felt toward white's that made him and his friends go after and beat up white guys because it made them "feel good inside." After McCall was released from jail, he studied journalism and reported for the Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. His book has been compared to Richard Wright's "Black Boy," and been described as "more than a coming of age story: it's a story of an America that should never have come to be."


Other segments from the episode on February 21, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 21, 1994: interview with Nathan McCall; Interview with Arthur Taylor; Review of Wendy Law-Yone's novel "Irrawaddy Tango."


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