Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa

Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa

Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa

Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa

Synopsis

In this powerful book, Keith B. Richburg takes the reader on an extraordinary journey that sweeps from Somalia to Rwanda to Zaire & finally to South Africa. He shows how he came to terms with the divide within himself: between his African racial heritage & his American cultural identity.

Excerpt

I watched the dead float down a river in Tanzania.

It's one of those apocryphal stories you always hear coming out of Africa, meant to demonstrate the savagery of "the natives." Babies being puffed off their mothers' backs and tossed onto spears. Pregnant women being disemboweled. Bodies being tossed into the river and floating downstream. You heard them all, but never really believed.

And yet there I was, drenched with sweat under the blistering sun, standing at the Rusumo Falls bridge, watching the bodies float past me. Sometimes they came one by one. Sometimes two or three together. They were bloated now, horribly discolored. Most were naked, or stripped down to their underpants. Sometimes the hands and feet were bound together. Some were clearly missing some limbs. and as they went over the falls, a few got stuck together on a little crag, and stayed there flapping against the current, as though they were trying to break free. I couldn't take my eyes off one of them, the body of a little baby.

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