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(17,288 posts)
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 06:47 PM Mar 2024

I am currently reading The 1619 Project. WOW!!!

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Those who have NOT read this harrowing and thoughtful collection of poems, essays, and thoughts from the top African-American writers are missing out. The Preface by Nikole Hannah-Jones sets the scene of how this AMAZING book on African-American history reads. In her Preface, Hannah-Jones writes..."I put it something like this a few years ago, while reporting on school resegregation in Alabama; white Americans desire to be free of a past they do not want to remember; while Black Americans remain bound to a past they can never forget."

Stunning in history, rich in details, a host of harrowing stories from this Nation's past that began when the first enslaved Africans stepped on the shores of the North American continent in 1619. Chapters range from Democracy, Sugar, Fear, Politics, and more.

No wonder people/groups like DeSantis, Ivey, Moms for Liberty, etc., have banned this book. As a white woman, I am not feeling ashamed as I read this, but more SHOCKED at the IGNORANCE of millions of Americans who refuse to recognize the TRUTHS about Black African-American history and how the past relates to today in so many ways. There is no getting around the race issue. This well written book goes into it so eloquently.

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(24,414 posts)
1. I have it on Audible. I can only take it in small doses.
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 06:51 PM
Mar 2024

It is, as you say, stunning in detail. I've found that I can only listen to a chapter or two at the most while I'm driving because it just makes me so sad.

I highly recommend as well.


(6,248 posts)
2. I had a conversation with a 27 year old white woman who did not know what Jim Crow laws were.
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 06:56 PM
Mar 2024

I explained and she was freaked out about it. She had little concept of the apartheid in the south, segregation and falacy of separate but equal. She's 27 and she was ignorant of this recent part of American history. Sad. I gave her a little education.


(13,906 posts)
4. I'm 63 and a slightly older buddy didn't know anything about any of that in his 40s. He watched something on
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 07:31 PM
Mar 2024

the voting rights act and said he had no idea. That went on in his lifetime. We're in Idaho in a town where there might be one black kid in school, usually none before the mid 70s. If we saw open racism, it was against the Native Americans.


(6,618 posts)
5. People who dis it haven't read it
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 09:01 PM
Mar 2024

Most everyone that talks negatively about it have no idea what it's really about.


(17,288 posts)
8. This book is based on FACTS!
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 02:24 PM
Mar 2024

Factual in its narrative. This book also packs a powerful emotional punch.

The conservative snowflakes are truly afraid of CRITICAL THINKING!

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