Move over To Kill a Mockingbird – the next best thing is here.
If I had the power, I would put this book in the hands of every middle school child in America and let them truly understand what it means to be beyond the colored line.
The thing is, the literary classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Huck Finn definitely bring up the issues of race, but they’re incredibly separated from what it’s portrayed as in today’s world.
But this story, even though the setting went through the Great Depression and beyond, is still just as relevant. It is a concept of what it means to be of a race and how it affects us that still exists on every level, individually and socially.
It is the name you put down on your resume. It is the cop that shoots. It is the indifference toward poverty and murder in non-white communities. It explains, in great detail and without fault, what white privilege is, and how it shows itself behind that line.
This book is a must read, especially for the younger generation that needs to grow up understanding the concepts presented in it in order to make America a better place.
(I received this book from the author for an honest review.)