Drawing upon traditions of black and African storytelling as well as Pan-African thought, Kadalie consistently shows rather than tells us his message.
He states complex concepts in clear, simple language and then illustrates them through engaging stories and rich vignettes. For example, in the third chapter, “You Find Your Allies in the Street” Kadalie makes an important critique of how the left thinks about identity and oppression.
Many ostensible “radicals” espouse democratic and communitarian values, but behave in authoritarian, power-hungry ways when provided the opportunity. At the same time, some activist circles insist that people with relative social privilege can never be true allies to groups over whom they hold power. Men can never truly support women or whites can never truly support blacks, and so forth.