One of this week’s best new releases is:
The Charleston Syallbus:
Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence
Chad Williams, Kidada Williams, Keisha Blaine, Eds.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]
This book captures a lengthy Twitter conversation, in the wake of the Charleston shootings, about essential readings on racism and racial violence.
Included below are some of the readings that are excerpted in this new book. The book is divided into six sections and we offer at least one reading from each section.
Section 2: Religious Life, Spirituality and Racial Identity
Claudia Rankine –
“The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning”
I asked another friend what it’s like being the mother of a black son. “The condition of black life is one of mourning,” she said bluntly. For her, mourning lived in real time inside her and her son’s reality: At any moment she might lose her reason for living. Though the white liberal imagination likes to feel temporarily bad about black suffering, there really is no mode of empathy that can replicate the daily strain of knowing that as a black person you can be killed for simply being black: no hands in your pockets, no playing music, no sudden movements, no driving your car, no walking at night, no walking in the day, no turning onto this street, no entering this building, no standing your ground, no standing here, no standing there, no talking back, no playing with toy guns, no living while black.
READ THE FULL ESSAY
in the New York Times…
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