No Place Like Home Analysis

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No Place Like Home is a travel account based on historical research. Here Younge gives a new perception on race relations in America. In this book Younge through his conversation with civil rights activists tries to explore the history. He visits schools, universities, military establishment and tracks long lost cousins. It is also a journey towards self discovery. Before beginning his travel he asks from an American journalist what kind of reaction he can expect as a black Briton during this journey. His answer surprises Younge, ‘Well, when they hear your accent, white American will usually add twenty points to your IQ, But when they see your face, they most definitely won’t’ (Younge, “How an English Block” 104). All other qualities of a person…show more content…
It brings a question regarding belongingness of a person which side of hyphen he belongs to. This situation is generally faced by the immigrants in America. These people take pride in their past, so they demonstrate dual identity. The hyphenated identity has become an important feature of American culture. Maha El Said writes about this change in American culture, ‘This ethnic revival is fundamentally based on a search for one’s root, a search for ancestral link, a search for a group to belong to creating a self that has continuity between past and present’ ( qtd in Sharobeem). A black Briton does not come with a hyphen because, ‘They are two separate words relating of two very distinct and often conflicting identities’ (185). Race remains an important factor in deciding the identity of a person. Before civil rights era it is regarded that, ‘black children had a more negative orientation to their own race than white children’ (Cross “Shades of Black”). In recent time black identity is described as the concept of ‘racial group identification’. Broman etal defines it as, ‘the feeling of closeness to similar others in ideas, feeling and thought’ (148). While writing this book Younge was also interested in issues of racial identities as he tells to Tim Youngs in an
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