Born to Love - Taught to Loathe In this powerful and controversial debut book, acclaimed blogger turned author, Baye McNeil (a.k.a. Loco), vividly illustrates with unflinching introspection and candor the birth and evolution of a racist and in doing so makes the persuasive argument that the only way to cure this social virus is by first engaging one's own susceptibility. Loco takes us on a scintillating journey from the streets of Brooklyn, where a child's first playground was the front lines of the Pan-African Nationalist and Black Power movements of the 70s, to a period of black militancy, military service, interracial romance and corporate bigotry in the 80s and 90s. Following the earth-shattering events of 9/11/2001, Loco journeys to Japan where he learns the hard way why the old adage: you can't hide from yourself, has hung around so long. He finds the woman he was born to love; only she's a member of a race he has come to loathe! In the name of this love, Loco confronts his dark stowaway with deep roots even as the world is literally falling apart around him, in the form of the Tohoku disaster of 3/11/2011. A book that is both a memoir and an impassioned call to arms, Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist tells us in uncertain terms that while racism continues to be demonized as a dark aberration that only evil people, igrant fools, or people lacking compassion and common decency are subject to, then it will remain at large - hiding in plain sight, in our schools, offices, carpools, living rooms and sometimes even in the mirror.
Baye McNeil (a.k.a. Loco) is an author, columnist, freelance writer and blogger from Brooklyn. He graduated from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY with a degree in English and Communications. He's resided the better part of a decade in Yokohama, Japan, where he teaches junior high school English. He's a columnist for The Japan Times and also continues to blog about life as a foreigner, a New Yorker and a black man living on a tiny homogenous island. For more information visit: www.bayemcneil.com This is his first book. He is currently working on his 2nd about the jubilation and tribulations of teaching in Japan.