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List of posts pertaining to race in America

Hello, dear Readers!

Are you looking for books about race and/or white supremacy? This is what I’ve read (willy nilly) over the past 8 years. Most of these were just lucky finds, often from the New Arrivals shelf at my library. Some of these (towards the bottom) are books I haven’t read yet!

I’m using the term “race” broadly, to include “people of color” and indigenous Americans.

I’ve also written about lectures and personal experiences.

Sorry about the rough formatting. Dates (column two) are given in YYYYMMDD format, which can be used with the blog archive to find my reviews/essays. Or use the blog search function with the author’s name (third and fourth columns). If there’s nothing in the third and fourth column, I am the author.

“Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher…Edward Curtis” 20130519 Timothy Egan biography
“The Eve of Destruction – How 1965 Transformed America” 20130603 James T Patterson sociology
“Pryor Convictions and Other Life Sentences” 20130804 Richard Pryor autobiography
“Detroit – An American Autopsy” 20130907 Charlie LeDuff urban planning
“The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger” 20130915 Richard Wilkenson sociology
“Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance” 20131004 Carla Kaplan lecture review
“Playing the enemy – Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation” 20131016 John Carlin political science
“My Beloved World” 20131118 Sonia Sotomayor autobiography
Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) – Rest in Peace 20131206 essay Gitchell
“Tangled Webs – How false statements are undermining America: from Martha Steward to Bernie Madoff” 20140108 James B Stewart sociology
“American Mirror – The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell” 20140205 Deborah Solomon biography
“Hellhound On His Trail: the electrifying account of the largest manhunt in American history” 20141030 Hampton Sides history – recent
My Days in Court – Reflections on Jury Duty 20150217 essay Gitchell
“Son of the Rough South – an Uncivil Memoir” 20160109 Karl Flemming autobiography
“The Color of Water” 20160410 James McBride autobiography
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” 20160924 Bryan Stevenson sociology
Constitution Day Lecture – SU – 2016 20161105 Akhim Reen lecture review
“Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City” and “Why We Chose This Way” 20161217 Turiya S.A. Raheem autobiography & creative non fiction
Women’s Protest March (Trenton, NJ) and protest memories 20170122 essay Gitchell
Women’s March in Trenton (2) – about Elder Sister 20170125 essay Gitchell
Ms. Edith Savage-Jennings – Elder Sister 20170128 essay Gitchell
The Central State University Chorus in performance 20170328 concert review
Intersectionality – a personal essay 20170525 essay Gitchell
In honor of MLK Day (1) – Remembering Lillie Belle Allen and York, PA 20180116 essay Gitchell
In Honor of MLK Day (2) – Remembering Lillie Belle Allen and York, PA 20180220 essay Gitchell
Having Our Say: Women of Color in the 2018 Election 20181019 Sheila Oliver lecture review
“Becoming” 20181214 Michelle Obama autobiography
Drawing Fire –  A Pawnee…WW II 20190719 Brummett Echohawk autobiography
When I Was White – A Memoir 20190827 Sarah Valentine autobiography
Constitution Day Lecture – SU 2019 – J Biskupic 20190920 Joan Biskupic lecture review
Say Her Name – Lillie Belle Allen 20200610 essay Gitchell
Senator Cory Booker virtual town hall 20200621 essay Gitchell
“Race in America” in my blog 20200628 essay Gitchell
“Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy” 20201018 David Zucchino history
“Whistling Vivaldi – How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do” by Claude M. Steele 20201017 Claude Steele sociology
“Rain of Gold” by Victor E. Villasenor 20200829 Victort Villasenor history
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“Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy” by David Zucchino

 I should read this book. While a close friend was reading it, he disappeared into somber gloom. It’s bad news, fully documented, and way too close to home.

In 1898, the democratically elected city government of Wilmington NC was overthrown and at least 60 African Americans were murdered. Hundreds of families were driven out of Wilmington.

One Amazon reviewer described the events as “an atrocity against God.” Other descriptions included “depraved” and “unsettling”.

In human experience, evil sometimes triumphs. White supremacy came out on top. Perhaps I’ll read this when I feel stronger.

“Race in America” in my blog

Once in a while, I review my blog. The no-fee WordPress platform has worked well for me. I would like a more accessible indexing system, but I’m really not motivated to make changes.

Since early 2013, I’ve posted 475 entries, with a few interruptions for illness or travel. I keep an index of my own devising (using Excel). In that document, I’ve got a sub-list of posts related to the environment, numbering 29 but not recently updated.

Recently I started numbering blog entries in two categories – Covid19 and “Race in America”.

I decided to look back and see what I had written that pertains to race/white supremacy. I picked out 32 posts. Most are about books, and most pertain to African American experience. Some are about lectures, performances and personal experiences. Rather than dump the whole list here, I’ll write about a few that seem important, with more to follow.

I have the biggest emotional investment in the three entries I wrote about Lillie Belle Allen. Her story haunts me. “Say her name”MLK Day (1) and MLK Day (2).

For the reader who wonders about my point of view, I recommend Women’s March and protest memories written in early 2017, and the two subsequent posts. It includes the story of a protest that “went bad”, and explains why it is hard for me to engage in street activism. I also reported on a wonderful, prophetic woman, Ms. Edith Savage-Jennings.

Perhaps most relevant to Black Lives Matter is the essay I wrote on jury duty in early 2015, My Days in Court. I was called (but not empaneled) to serve on a civil case involving police brutality in Atlantic City, NJ.

Here’s a really fine book that you may have missed, “Son of the Rough South” by Karl Flemming, published in 2005. Fleming grew up in the Depression South and became a journalist, covering the Civil Rights movement during its violent years.

And here’s something that lifted my heart! A number Facebook friends linked to You-Tube videos of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in honor of Juneteenth. I heard a wonderful LIVE rendition a few years ago. Central State University Chorus

So that’s a selection from my blog. Comments are always welcome!