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August 19, 1968

Black Rage

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by William H. Grier and Price M. Cobbs, 213 pp, $5.95, New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1968.

JAMA. 1968;205(8):598. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140340068027

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Do riots and demands for black power make you angry? Do you wonder why Americans of African descent haven't solved their problems the way other ethnic groups have? Are you puzzled that people usually called Negroes now speak of themselves as blacks? Is it hard to understand your black patients or colleagues? Are you concerned with urban problems? If you answer "Yes" to any of these questions, you should read this book, even though it may make you uncomfortable. In it, two black psychiatrists, utilizing personal experience, knowledge of history, and clinical study of patients, analyze the problems of Negroes today, and show why the blacks are angry.

Dr. Grier and Dr. Cobbs discuss many aspects of Negro life. They comment, "There is a grain of truth in every stereotypical canard" tossed at the Negroes, but show how these traits and many others have developed.

Everyone agrees that many problems