By Emily Raboteau
At the age of twenty-three, award-winning author Emily Raboteau traveled to Israel to go to her formative years ally. whereas her pal seemed to have came upon a spot to belong, Raboteau couldn't but say an identical for herself. As a biracial girl from a rustic nonetheless divided alongside racial traces, she'd by no means felt at domestic in the United States. yet as a reggae fan and the daughter of a historian of African-American faith, Raboteau knew of "Zion" as a spot black humans yearned to be. She'd heard approximately it on Bob Marley's Exodus and within the speeches of Martin Luther King. She understood it as a metaphor for freedom, a religious realm instead of a geographical one. Now in Israel, the Jewish Zion, she was once shocked to find black Jews. extra astonishing used to be the tale of the way they received there. encouraged by way of their exodus, Raboteau sought out different black groups that left domestic looking for a Promised Land. Her query for them is similar she asks herself: have you ever chanced on the house you are looking for?
On her ten-year trip again in time and around the world, during the Bush years and into the age of Obama, Raboteau wanders to Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, and the yank South to discover the complicated and contradictory views of Black Zionists. She talks to Rastafarians and African Hebrew Israelites, Evangelicals and Ethiopian Jews, and Katrina transplants from her personal family--people that experience risked every little thing looking for territory that's not easy to outline and tougher to inhabit. Uniting memoir with historic and cultural research, Raboteau overturns our rules of position and patriotism, displacement and dispossession, citizenship and nation in a disarmingly sincere and refreshingly courageous tackle the pull of the tale of Exodus.
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Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora by Emily Raboteau