Race Relations

I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro

Review: James Baldwin is not bitter, he testifies to the terrible truth about his family of origin... the people of this nation who hate, mistreat and murder their brothers and sisters of color. We must confess that we are vile, disgusting offspring and beneficiaries of a power system that has favored children. If you love truth, you'll love this book. I am ashamed of my privilege. But, will I voluntarily give it up? Forgive us, Father... we know exactly what we do! Read more

The Classic Autobiography of Growing Up Poor and Black in the Rural South
The Classic Autobiography of Growing Up Poor and Black in the Rural South

Review: Coming of Age offered a perspective into a area of women’s history that you don’t necessarily read about in text books. Throughout the narrative Moody describes her life in the South and her journey as she transforms and becomes a part of not only the womens movement but also the Civil Rights movement.

Her insightful description about how the African American community was split during this time was eye opening. Her antictodes about how part of her family that was lighter skin than her an... Read more

Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection - The Sun Does Shine
Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection - The Sun Does Shine

Review: If you are on the fence about the necessity of the death penalty I suggest you read The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. If you believe in the need for a death sentence, I also suggest you read it with open eyes and ears. Actually, everyone should read Hinton’s memoir, because it is in my opinion a necessary read on how broken the US justice system really is. And more: it is the story of how an innocent man spent nearly 30 years on Death Row in Alabama, and continued to fight for freedom wh... Read more

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Review: This short novel contains a story within a story. The frame story is a dinner conversation in Lahore between a Princeton-educated Pakistani and an American visitor to the city, as the result of what appears to be, as least ostensibly, a chance encounter. Within that story, forming the core of the novel and of the dinner conversation, is the account by Changez, the Pakistani, of his glory days as a top student at an elite American university, his work as a star rookie at a Manhattan valuation, ... Read more

How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection)
How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection)

Review: When you can still hold your humanity in the Prison system and not come out bitter,
It's saying a lot about this Human Being. The fact he rather died than accept a life sentence,
for a crime he didn't commit said another. We need JUSTICE Reform. Read more

A Hidden Dimension of American Racism - Sundown Towns
A Hidden Dimension of American Racism - Sundown Towns

Review: I gave this book three stars - not because of the subject matter, but due to poor proofreading and/or fact checking.

I was born in a sundown town and we had to leave when I was a baby because my father was a person of color. Since I now live in a primarily Scandinavian area (thought definitely not "whites only") I decided to look in the index and check out the history of my current town. I saw three pages with references to my city due to horrendous lynchings of three African-American men... Read more

How Afrocentrism Became An Excuse To Teach Myth As History (New Republic Book)
How Afrocentrism Became An Excuse To Teach Myth As History (New Republic Book)

Review: Hotep!
I read this book about three years ago, I was sixteen at the time and was just starting to enter a Afrikan - centered process. ONe in which allowed me to understand my people and know my history). I was Christian. I went to some of the best Catholic schools New York had to offer, so I knew European history. Though when it came to Afrikan history, I didn't even know who Frederick Douglass was. So I went along in my process, but I was still in denial that my people had such a great his... Read more

Without a Doubt
Without a Doubt

Review: a fun romp through the trial. i watched the trial every day, but never realized what went on behind the scenes. anyone who watched the trial MUST read this book. a real admiration for marcia clark .. she writes as if she's sitting in the room with you .. i highly recommend. Read more

Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth
Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth

Review: This book was required reading for a multicultural education course I took to receive my teaching certification. This literary text is rich in personal voice and magnifies the mental obstacles and fortitude endured by African Americans of this time. I recommend this book to anyone but also encourage its use in the high school classroom. Read more

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Review: Well, I highly doubt this is an honest account of this man's life
Towards the end, I did some research and found others too have doubted the accuracy. Some of his situations seem quite fanciful.
I do not, however, doubt the accuracy in portrayal of the treatment of enslaved and feed Africana and African Americans Read more

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