Written in the era immediately after the Civil Rights marches and lunch counter boycotts in the South, this book pokes fun at the tense and separatists racial situation of the times. Dick Gregory was one of the few black comedians who dared to approach the subject and point out the absurdity of how he was treated as a black man in America, particularly in the southern United States.
Dick Gregory believed, "Once I get them laughing, I can say anything." Mr. Gregory's sense of humor and sense of the times made him an overnight success. "When I left St. Louis, I was making five dollars a night. Now I am getting $5000 a week - for saying the same things out loud I used to say under my breath."