Must Read by: V.Lyn
This is a fantastic book about two boys who grew up in the same neighborhood, mere blocks apart and with similar circumstances but this is a story about the different route that their lives took. One went on to become a Rhodes Scholar, a decorated Veteran and a successful business man.
The other Wes Moore’s life took a tragic course one which had devastating consequences for a police officer and his family. This other Wes Moore is now serving life in prison for the taking of a life in a botched robbery.
This is a powerful book that in no way excuses the now incarcerated (other) Wes Moore’s crime- his participation in a crime that resulted in a police officer losing his life. This book does however serves to demonstrate the irony and the tragedy of two young African American boys trying to find their way in the inner city. Both fatherless- the authors father’s passing while Wes was a small child- both of these Wes’s by all accounts could have had similar futures. While this is the story of these two individuals from nearby neighborhoods, with the same name, it is also the story of many young black men trapped in a cycle of poverty, dysfunction, absent fathers, and overwhelmed mothers, and young men who all to often make the wrong decisions that not only adversely effects their lives but the lives of their families, and the ramifications of those actions to society.
UPDATE: The author of this insightful book has appeared on Tom Brokaw’s show Bridging the Divide on USA and has appeared on numerous television shows.
It is a must read book!!
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Another must have for the family library is a book by Eddy Souffrant an associate professor of applied philosophy at Marquette University.
This is a weighty issue but fascinatinglyt told. Exploring the ramifications of the philosophical applications to foreign affairs, Souffrant paves the way to the construction of a philosophy of inter- and trans-national relations. He offers an analysis of a consistent approach to the applications of ethics and international affairs. It demonstrates the manner in which, for J.S. Mill, social philosophy is linked to international philosophy. Souffrant argues that Mill’s support of colonization is consistent with his overall philosophy of international relations but demonstrates that only an additional independent analysis of colonization could find fault with both Mill’s argument for and his support of colonization. Souffrant concludes with the claims that Mill’s philosophy of international relations extends his social and political philosophy and that an ethics of international affairs privileges, fundamentally, a concept of group responsibility.
Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon shatters the myth for many Americans, which includes many blacks and whites, that slavery concluded with the Declaration of Independence. While there were whispers in the black community of slaves long after the Civil War little was ever said about the continued systematic enslavement of blacks in America long into the twentieth century, until 1951 when the practice became illegal, by the judicial system, with the tacit agreement of the government and benefited by corporate America.
The enslavement was as cruel post emancipation as it had been pre-emancipation. Those “free men and women” were put into bondage through legal means, by the use of trumped up charges. It is an extraordinary book and a must read for all. Douglas A. Blackmon delivers an incredible story of the harrowing plight faced by blacks in the South, and the benefits gained by the states, lumber mills, rail yards, coal, steel and every other big business that could profit from it, and the duplicity of the American government who allowed it to continue
The New Jim Crow by Civil Rights Activist Michelle Alexander is her first book and it a stirring indictment of the judical system and how it’s penal code has helped continue the disenfranchisement of countless black Americans. As she so succinctly states there are more blacks in prison now than there have every been slaves in America. The ramifications of this tragic fact are undeniable, continued poverty and educational under achievement for the entire family, and a group of people who are not represented politically. Blacks who can not vote because they have been labeled a felon and therefore have no VOICE in this country. The disenfranchisement of an entire group of people laid out by the founding fathers, first through slavery, then by the denial of the vote, the intimidation by the Klan, and now by a duplicit criminal justice system. All of which is clearly laid out in her book . Here is an excerpt from her book:
—FROM THE NEW JIM CROW
Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America Eugene Robinson