Slightly prior to the inauguration, over winter break, I was asked to do a book review on a graphic book entitled Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans. Since I’ve been in the District since Sunday, I haven’t received the book for review let alone read it. But here in this post is a graphic from the book, and also a short excerpt by one of the co-authors of the book Roland Laird.
The post-racial mindset that the Obama team seems to be projecting is that the problems befalling low-income Black communities needn’t be addressed as “race” problems. In his now famous “A More Perfect Union” speech, Obama said, “It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper.”
I believe Obama’s speech was designed to be uplifting for the post-racial era and for the purposes of the campaign it was. The problem is it didn’t address the fact that Black people and White people have different narratives in America. If as Obama says, we want to invest in the education of black and brown and white children we have to acknowledge that culturally these children may have different needs.
Hopefully this will tide you all over until later on this weekend when I can finally drop my own posts about the inauguration. So leave comments you know where.
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL