We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel
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Alas, it was not to be. The rhetoric of the current administration has acted as a dog whistle to those who harbor racist beliefs, emboldening them to act on their views. The death toll continues to climb, with no end in sight.
This book, which begins with a review of the shooting and a profile of victims, is also a careful analysis of the history of race relations in Charleston and the role that Emmanuel AME Church had in that history. It is a poignant reminder of just how much of this history is overlooked, swept under the rug, or just plain ignored by those who find it uncomfortable. But, as the authors point out, we will never truly heal the wounds of racism until we honestly confront this ugly history.
This book is actually a terrific memorial to those who died that evening in Charleston, preserving and promoting the values and beliefs that they embraced in life, and honoring their lives by placing their tragic deaths into the historical context of racism and hatred. While there are some places where it was a bit too "preachy" for my tastes, I still would recommend this book for anyone who wants to better understand the historical roots of racism, and how it continues to work in America today in ways both overt and subtle.
This book will be available at tomorrow's monthly BC-in-DC meeting in Old Town Alexandria.
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