We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide
"Imagine if, instead of continually refighting the Civil War, we had actually moved on to rebuilding..."
This quote basically sums up the entire book. Every chapter is full of examples of (white) people going out of their way to ...more
1. Holy timeline, folks! I always thought I was pretty well-versed in American history. My history book was worn, the pages delved into with care. So, I honestly really didn't understand WHERE all of the cries of racial inequality were coming from. This book opened my eyes to a lot - especially on the national scale. Policies that are either intentionally or incidentally perpetuating inequality are brought to light. Had it not been for the timeline pre ...more
"In the war on Brown, bla ...more
I somehow missed reading White Rage when it came out, so reading We Are Not Yet Equal, which is White Rage adapted for younger readers, enticed me to read White Rage next.
Basically everything we were told in history class about United States history, especially where the rights and citizenship of African Americans are concern ...more
As I read each chapter one constant word kept coming to mind - FEAR. White people, and more often than not, white men are so fearful of people of color. I don't understand why we fear POC so much that we continue to try to "keep them down" and treat them like slaves o ...more
BUT I LEARNED SO MUCH. Seriously recommend this.
“I am not poison,
no I am not poison
Just a boy from the hood that
Got my hands in the air in despair
-- Jay-Z “Spiritual” (2016)
“President Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations -- equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampa ...more
This book delves into the history of racism in the United States and it pulls zero punches. Early on the book starts with the statement that Abraham Lincoln lacked "clarity" "humanity" and "resolve" when it came to post-Civil War/reconstruction and moving the U.S. forward. The authors go in on a number of founding fathers and at first, I was genuinely surprised at the tone of the book. Was it all right, I wondered, for a history book for teens ...more
We Are Not Yet Equal is an insightful book about the history of civil rights with a deeper focus on law. Though it’s aimed at a younger audience, I felt that it could be read by older children and adults alike. The book follows the timeline of history pointing out historical events and legislature from the era of the civil war to the 21st century. It highlights moments such as the Great Migration, the case of Brown vs. Board, ...more
"With so much attention focused on the flames, everyone had ignored the logs, the kindling."
"Before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he had plotted to rid the nation of as many of the nearly half million free black people as possible."
"Thomas Jefferson had advocated the expulsion of blacks from the United States in order to save the nation."
"Migration is the story of America. It is foundational."
"Thurgood Marshall's dissent in Bakke ...more
This book is just the introduction of what I should’ve been taught in history classes but wasn’t. It’s skillfully crafted, well researched, and stunningly written with beautiful yet objective prose. But most importantly, it’s powerful in crafting a strong point and narrating it. It’s informing, but also infuriating and empowering all at once.
We Are Not Yet Equal is the YA adaption for Carol Anderson’s renowned White Rage. From the end ...more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Before sharing my thoughts on this book on being black in America, I want to give a trigger warning, there is some very violent and graphic content about some of the atrocities committed to African Americans throughout history.
Highly recommended for high school students interested in a well-written, gripping account of the history of racism and white backlash in the United States against any ...more
Written with younger readers in mind, it has an accessible narrative voice and includes additional historical context, photographs, and extensive citations. Five key historical events are examined in which forward progression toward equality is stymied by a systemic racist obstruction of social movements seeking to obtain justice for all. Well-written and compelling, this work is a must read for high school students.