Eddie Glaude, Jr., has written a really hard book. This book was hard for me to read. It was hard for me to digest. But it was important.
His thesis is that as long as we continue to devalue black lives, we will never truly have a democracy or be free. He contends that we have, since the founding of this country, devalued black lives. Made them less valuable than white lives and as a result, this country is inherently adverse to to black interests and advancements. Being a white woman, I cannot possibly empathize with his point – I have never been where he is. However, this book was hard for me because it forced me to reevaluate my thoughts on race in society. I can say that race doesn’t play a role in my life, but that would be a lie. It does. I see it every day. This book was hard because it made me think about that.
I think this book should be required reading. If for no other reason that it will evoke strong emotions, and, hopefully, a conversation about the current state of race relations in this county and what can be done to make things better for everyone.
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