Thursday, October 8, 2020

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson Review

An Amazon Best Book of August 2020: It has been ten years since Wilkerson’s award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns was published. While that book pointed to the great migration of Black people to the north as an “unrecognized migration,” this new book points to our entire social structure as an unrecognized caste system. Most people see America as racist, and Wilkerson agrees that it is indeed racist. She points out that we tend to refer to slavery as a “sad, dark chapter” in America when in fact it lasted for hundreds of years—but in order to maintain a social order and an “economy whose bottom gear was torture” (as Wilkerson quotes the historian Edward Baptist), it was necessary to give blacks the lowest possible status. Whites in turn got top status. In between came the middle castes of “Asians, Latinos, indigenous people, and immigrants of African descent” to fill out the originally bipolar hierarchy. Such a caste system allowed generations of whites to live under the same assumptions of inequality—these “distorted rules of engagement”—whether their ancestors were slave owners or abolitionists. And the unspoken caste system encouraged all to accept their roles. As Wilkerson develops her argument, she brings in historical figures like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Satchel Paige. She even looks at the Nazis, who turned to us when they were seeking ways to institutionalize racism in the Third Reich. As I read this book, I finally had to consciously stop myself from highlighting passages. Because I was highlighting most of the book. --Chris Schluep

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

What I'm Reading.........

  Andrew, Troy (2015) Trombone Shorty  | Hardback Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated Edition  |   ISBN:978-1419714658  | $14.49   |    40 Pages

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A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award winner. The story about Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews from Treme neighborhood in New Orleans. This child prodigy was leading his own band at the age of 6. He got his nickname by playing a trombone that twice as long as height. Great read! I love Picture Books depicting African American life !!! #Read ##reading #bookstagram #books #booklover #bookworm #read #bookish #booknerd #bookaddict Mr.PhillyLibrarian

    Smith “Big Black” Frank & Reinmuth, Jared (2020) Big Black: Stand at Attica  |   Paperback  |   Achaia Publisher   |  ISBN-13 : 978-1684154791   |  $13.52   | 176 pages

A Graphic Novel memoir from Frank "Big Black" Smith a prisoner at Attica State Prison in 1971 during the bloody Attica riot. Must read! #Read ##reading #bookstagram #books #book #booklover #bookworm #read #bookish #booknerd #bookaddict Mr.PhillyLibrarian

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