Book Review Number 48

Surrender, White People!

D L Hughley is an American actor, political commentator, radio host, author and stand-up comedian. This book is partly a look at the history of racism in America, mostly of the last 100 years. It is also an opinion piece about racism from a black person’s perspective. It is a humorous and entertaining approach to the subject, but be prepared for lots of crass street language.

The author presents the history, the issues, and potential solutions in a unique way. It is written as though he is negotiating a peace treaty with white people. He points out that white people have oppressed black people for 400 years but now he has a surprise for them; they are about to become a minority themselves. They have set all the rules by which black people and other people of color must live. But finally the rules are now going to be rebalanced.

Mr. Hughley writes that a reckoning is coming and black and brown people are not going to take a back seat anymore. Whites must give up their unjust privileges and sue for peace while they still can. He warns that the only way for America to move forward is for whites to face their history, abandon their vision of superiority, and open up the institutions to benefit everyone in the nation.

The author presents chapter after chapter as though they are articles of a peace treaty. Each “article” is dedicated to critical issues to be resolved to address past racial abuse as well as level the current social, political, and economic playing field. He addresses reparations in one article; in another he discusses the need for history books to more objectively reflect the story of racism and its long term impact on black people. He also discusses the need to work at understanding each other, defeat white supremacy, and recognize the reality that black and brown people are every bit as American as whites are, with equal rights, opportunities, and with equal access to justice. In the final chapter he assembles the elements of the “treaty” as he discussed them through the other chapters.

I think this book can be a valuable thought provoking treatise on racism for white people. It is humorous and entertaining in its approach to such a serious subject;  but its liberal use of offensive language will cause many people who might benefit from its message not to read it.

Book Review Number 47

Twilight of Democracy – Anne Applebaum

Ms. Applebaum is an American journalist and historian. She has written extensively about Marxism–Leninism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. The focus of this book is the rise of authoritarianism around the world and the stress that is placing on liberal democracies.

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Just Wondering!!

During President Trump’s press conference earlier today, I heard him badly mispronounce vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ name. I am wondering if any of his supporters can tell me whether he is suffering some cognitive impairment or if he was just being hateful and misogynistic.

Book Review Number 45

Factfulness – Hans Rosling

The entire focus of this book is on demonstrating through publicly available statistical data that the condition of the world is much better than people think; further, that it is continuing to improve.

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Book Review Number 44

Surviving Autocracy – Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen, is a Russian-American journalist, author, and activist who is an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin as well as President Donald Trump. He holds dual citizenship and has lived the political reality in both countries under both presidents. He currently lives in New York.

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Book Review Number 42

 Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado Perez

This book should be required reading for every male before he can get a drivers license or register to vote.

The author is a British writer, broadcaster, and feminist activist. In this volume she documents gender inequality and its root causes worldwide. She makes the case that a massive data gap exists between the assumed “default human” (an average male) on which the whole world has been built since the beginning of human history and the reality that the “atypical” (or female) half of the population’s uniqueness is generally ignored.

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Is The Fed Out of Control?

A couple of weeks ago a friend asked me to comment on an article in Time titled “How Jay Powell’s Coronavirus Response Is Changing the Fed Forever”. It is a discussion of the expansion of the Fed activities as they relate to our current economic crisis. You can read the original article at the following link:  

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My Credo – Systemic Racism in the United States

The past couple of weeks seem to have awakened white Americans to the reality of systemic racism in our law enforcement community. Nationwide protests have erupted after four police officers literally murdered a handcuffed black man while bystanders were pleading for officers to stop their assault on him. With clear video of the murder, there is new hope and growing consensus that this time may be different. I desperately hope that is true. But there is a substantial difference between hope and expectation.

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