I would appreciate an email from the writer of this review if possible, contact me at jasonalston [at] gmail. Thanks, Edi, for this review. I am glad your work is receiving the attention this kind of work should get. I hope that teachers and librarians across the country are reading and learning from your words.
Thank you for such a through review. Today Scholastic posted a response to the outrage this book is receiving on their Facebook page. It links to posts from the author and the editor. My first thought came to my two 2 Grandchildren. No one would ever think of making a childrens book about happy Jewish concentration camp prisoners cheerfully baking a birthday cake for Himmler or Hitler in Europe in ww2.
Imaginge the public outrage if that would follow, it would never even make it to the bookstores and library shelves before getting abolished and the author, illustrator and publisher would most likely be facing anti semitic hate crime charges. The post went viral within hours.
Seriously, look her up. I think this is a case of a bad idea being seen from an unrealistically positive perspective, gaining momentum and support under that misguided perspective and coming to fruition. It really should have been shut down before it ever got to the point of publication. I could be so cruel with my comments. I will stay close to the facts…. Maybe the father was smiling before he was beaten or lynched? This makes me sad that Scholastic would ever print something to silly and sell it in our school.
How about sharing real contributions of Blacks? The post on the Scholastic Facebook page […]. This book is definitely real. Thankfully enough people decided to ClapBack and Scholastic has […].
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But someone had to tell the goddamn truth! Hemings was born in , and her first child was born in in Paris. Sally was never freed. This is just pure bullshit. I would buy this book to burn it. You do realize that the illustrator is a black woman, right? Disturbing…I cant believe this was published……. Thank you, Edi. This book is outrageous, and your words are both outraged and precise. Edi, Thank you for such a through review.
This is not what we meant when we said We Need Diverse Books. Hummmm This makes me sad that Scholastic would ever print something to silly and sell it in our school.
Post to Cancel. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This was understandable. Black children needed positive stories because they would spend the rest of their lives being told how little their ancestors achieved, and that anything they would achieve would be the result of affirmative action. Still, Coates was unsatisfied. He wanted black history to function as more than an antidote to white racism, and a history of slavery that told more than a story of resistance.
On its surface, it is a traditional resistance narrative, a book whose central character, Hiram Walker, is an enslaved man in antebellum Virginia who ends up working for the Underground Railroad.
But its most enduring concern is remembrance, or rather, recovery: the need for black people to recover a part of their history that conjures so much pain, and for white people to recover their own debt to that history. Told through the eyes of Hiram, born to an enslaved woman and her owner, we quickly learn that Hiram has a strange gift—a perfect memory—but that he does not know how to use it.
Only by forcing himself to remember his mother, whom he saw drowned in his childhood, can he transform this gift into a super-power, one that enables him to magically transport his remaining enslaved family to freedom. Coaching him is none other than Harriet Tubman. And so, my question then is, in employing the sermon structure, do you feel like you can reach the entirety of that broad spectrum of whiteness?
Because my initial reaction to that is that white people who are more of a secular ideology are going to immediately be turned off and feel alienated by the religiosity of a sermon. So let me address it. First off, some of the greatest leaders and thinkers in our country have been black preachers. From Martin Luther King, Jr. And Martin Luther King, Jr. Instantly memorialized of such stunning oratorical skill and extraordinary persuasion that it continues to be cited to this day as his greatest speech, though I think that honor really belongs to the speech he delivered the night before he was murdered.
So America is capable at single moments of receiving the depth and the breadth of the homiletical vision of black America when a black preacher rises to his or her craft at the height of his or her ambition and the desire to tell America the truth. I had to take courage from that—plus, James Baldwin was a boy preacher. I think that some of the people who might be initially turned off because the book has a religious sheen or patina will see very quickly that this is a secular sermon.
The form is there, but not the jargon or the language. My witness to the world is rooted in that. And those who might be turned off who are secular understand that many of the values they share, I share too. Guernica: You did an interview for Mother Jones recently. You were talking about this idea of white people and peer learning, peer teaching, and peer evaluation—that there are certain messages that white people are going to refuse to hear from a person like you.
If they were of the heart and good nature to go and take and spread this message among other white people, and challenge other white people, what then becomes of the black writer attempting to do that work? The issues that white folk, if they had the inclination, could go dig up and take advantage of. And in my book, I talk about people like you and other young writers whose writings are central to that prospect in a nouveau black incarnation, if you will.
And I point to older books by black people, white people, Latino people, and I think some First Nation people, as a resource for those people who are curious enough to investigate them. In one sense, all of us are intellectually playing off of, riffing off of, the same thematics that have occupied the great jazz tradition of intellectual evolution over the last couple of centuries.
And even though that great body, that great ocean, of literature and literary art exists, it is constantly being added to. Of course it was, because she added new dimensions to the discourse.
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Was it said before by Robert Hayden? Maybe, but in a different way. The poetic resistance to forms of oppression that we can generate in order to bear witness to that truth. I engage in a lot of intellectual combat with supremacists and with the predicate of white supremacy and white indifference to black identity, and brown and red and yellow identity too, for that matter.
Not long after, in moved also two spotted piglets. However, the masses decide to revolt against their slave masters. Slaves would create concoctions from different herbs and plants and put them into the food of their masters in which resulted in death for some slave owners. I felt a whisper on my right. The state figured out how to compensate the victims of that internment.
We have to explain to each other again why what we do is important. We have to understand and explain to each other what blackness is. Blackness is an ocean, a universe, a possibility that can never be exhausted. And so we have to constantly reaffirm the necessity of excavation, of archiving and curating, but also exploring, and understanding afresh and learning for the first time what it is that we need to know, and what the limits and boundaries are, and what the themes and preoccupations should be, and what the redemptive character of that erudition is.
I find myself in the exciting position of doing all that, and at the same time having the obligation to explain to white people what the deal is. If curious white people want to know what they can do, many of them write me. And they have, long before this book, when I wrote the op-ed that this book is based on.
We had 2, responses on the Internet, because people were either furious or taken with the argument or wondering what might be done. I got so many emails from white people asking what they could do. How to frame them. Should they have studied them before? You dern right they should have.