Brainwashed - Tom Burrell


By Tom Burrell

  • Release Date: 2009-09-01
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
From 28 Ratings


“Black people are not dark-skinned white people,” says advertising visionary Tom Burrell. In fact, they are a lot more.

They are survivors of the Middle Passage and centuries of humiliation and deprivation, who have excelled against the odds, constantly making a way out of “no way!” At this point in history, the idea of black inferiority should have had a “Going-Out-of-Business Sale.” After all, Barack Obama has reached the Promised Land.

Yet, as Brainwashed: Erasing the Myth of Black Inferiority testifies, too much of black America is still wandering in the wilderness. In this powerful examination of “the greatest propaganda campaign of all time”—the masterful marketing of black inferiority Burrell poses 10 provocative questions that will make black people look in the mirror and ask why, nearly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, so many blacks still think like slaves.

Brainwashed is not a reprimand; it is a call to deprogram ourselves of self-defeating attitudes and actions. Racism is not the issue; how we respond to racism is the issue. We must undo negative brainwashing and claim a new state of race-based self-esteem and self-actualization. Provocative and powerful, Brainwashed dares to expose the wounds so that we, at last, can heal.


  • A must read for EVERY African American

    By Jazzbeauty
    All black folks need to read this powerful book. We need to internalize some of these sayings such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Black is Beautiful”. We crave so much the attention and approval of white folks. But we should instead be focusing on making those statements hold true to how we treat and view one another. The black inferiority and brainwashing campaign has had a profound effect on Blacks in America and around the world. WE must work to change it, we cannot continue to rely on anyone else.
  • Should be required reading

    By goodtiming
    This book expertly breaks down the long and complex experience of being Black in America. I learned things I was not taught in school. Highly recommended for all Americans.
  • Fantastic

    By Blossoms_party
    This book goes into detail and different factors that affected the stance African Americans are in today. If you want to learn why this race of people are having many struggles, then this is the book to read