A small book (just barely over 200 pages), but it packs a huge punch. In response to so many young Black (unarmed) men being gunned down by law enforcement in recent news, Stone delivers a book that addresses the subtle racism that is so present in today’s world. Eye-opening, revealing, and honest, this is a must read for everyone!
Overall, this book gave me a lot to think about. It was well-written and the arguments were executed so well. While I can pretend to understand what an innocent Black man goes through when he walks down a dark road at night terrified to be mistaken as some sort of troublemaker, the reality is that I just can’t. No matter how hard I try, I will never have the same experience, and so for that reason alone, I try to seek out books like this to help give me some empathy and understanding. I’ll never personally relate, but I sure can gain some clarity and understanding.
These kinds of books are important and I think this book should be on every high school’s library shelves. Hopefully teachers are using materials like this to help teach their classrooms.
If you know of other titles that are similar to this one, would you be so kind to drop me a comment? I’d appreciate it!!
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The first book that comes to mind is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Reading that was when I first realized, “I don’t understand at all.’ I thought I did, but no way. I’ve also heard that Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime is outstanding.
You’re right about more of this being available in schools. It feels like right now, hate has been emboldened and things are just going to get worse. We need to combat that hate starting with the young.
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I tried as hard as I could to read Between the World and Me and just couldn’t get into it. The writing felt too academic to me. I’ve heard great things about it though!