"I learned about black consciousness

"I learned about black consciousness from Tyson," Gore said. Tyson got him to read The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice. Gore said he remembered "loooonnng conversations at night in the bunk beds, top to bottom and back again" about the books, and how and why blacks perceived the world differently from whites. "You know, the way concepts of value and worth and beauty and normality are all defined in a majority culture in ways that can be hurtful . . . It was really quite an education."
The Washington Post Magazine presents 13 Ways of Looking at Al Gore and Race. John Tyson was Al Gore's roommate in his junior year at Harvard.
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