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    A Must Read Book

    Racism in America is a much discussed topic, as it should be. In another thread, I mention that it was my intent to read more and was provided some excellent reading suggestions. So I thought perhaps, I could return the favor.

    An individual for whom I have a great deal of respect and admiration is Dr. Terrence Roberts. He was a member of the Little Rock Nine. Several years ago, I had the good fortune to attend one of his lectures. I will forever remember one of his statements: "Over my lifetime, I have learned that not all Blacks are my friend and that not all Whites are my enemy". Also in that lecture, he mentioned a gentleman named Quay Hanna. Quay was an admitted racist. After receiving a degree in English, he decided to get on a Greyhound bus and travel America. After that 12,000 mile journey, he returned home as a totally different person. Given the people he met and the things he saw, he recognized the destructive nature of his hatred or racism. He documented that experience in a book: Bus America-Revelation of a Redneck. Like Dr. Roberts, I consider it a must read. It can be obtained through Amazon.
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    Its a decent book and written well but its kind of just common sense for most of us who know this issue.

    There isn't really anything groundbreaking in it.

    Its just the story of a guys change.

    What I didn't like about it was his inability to tie his experience into an overall conclusion that was convincing.

    Its more just his story with kind of a "blah" ending.

    But he still gets the point across.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post


    Its a decent book and written well but its kind of just common sense for most of us who know this issue.

    There isn't really anything groundbreaking in it.

    Its just the story of a guys change.

    What I didn't like about it was his inability to tie his experience into an overall conclusion that was convincing.

    Its more just his story with kind of a "blah" ending.

    But he still gets the point across.
    Thank you for your response and I am glad that you have read it. You have every right to your opinion regarding his style and perceived failings. Personally, if I were to change any comment it would be that it should be just common sense. In our political and social arenas, with the rhetoric, sometimes common sense gets lost. I think your last comment is the important one--But he still gets the point across.
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    It reminded me of "Black Like Me".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    It reminded me of "Black Like Me".

    Since I have not read that book, I cannot comment on its similarity to Quay's. But I am going to put it on my reading list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWahoo View Post
    Since I have not read that book, I cannot comment on its similarity to Quay's. But I am going to put it on my reading list.
    Its basically about a white man who undergoes medical stuff to make himself black to understand racial injustice.

    Its the actual author that did this.

    He expected prejudice and some racism but after arriving in New Orleans he is absolutely shocked by how bad it is.

    It changes his life forever.

    He can't find work......everything is suddenly against him and he finally begins to understand the truth of racial injustice.

    He comes out a different man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Its basically about a white man who undergoes medical stuff to make himself black to understand racial injustice.

    Its the actual author that did this.

    He expected prejudice and some racism but after arriving in New Orleans he is absolutely shocked by how bad it is.

    It changes his life forever.

    He can't find work......everything is suddenly against him and he finally begins to understand the truth of racial injustice.

    He comes out a different man.
    And you read this book?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BitterPill View Post
    And you read this book?
    Had to in college.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Had to in college.
    Needless to say, I don't believe you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BitterPill View Post
    Needless to say, I don't believe you.
    Of course you don't.

    People don't read books in college.

    Thanks for ruining a very good discussion with your trolling however.

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