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Race How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American ObsessionHe spotlight during the late 80s early 90s Also many people in this book had a sense that open racism was staging a comeback nder Ronald Reagan Far too many people talked about that for it to be strictly politically motivated I found that strikingThose few current events issues were the exception however I think the majority of this work is timeless in reflecting the myriad ways large and small that racism shapes the American experience This book really gives the reader a first person perspective on how racism operates and how prejudice feels The metaphor that really stuck with me was footwear Terkel Valencia and Valentine uotes Chicago insurance man Joseph Latti Being black in America is like being forced to wear ill fitting shoes Some people adjust to it It s alwaysncomfortable on your feet but you ve got to wear it because it s the only shoe you ve got Some people can bear the ncomfort than others Some people can block it from Their Minds Some Can T When You See Some Acting minds some can t When you see some acting and some acting militant they have one thing in common the shoe is ncomfortable It s always thereAn eye opening book Well worth your time Aside from me pointing out that this book was both monumentally My Wings uplifting and monumentally depressing it only seems appropriate to let the people speak for themselvesAlex Berteau partner at a black law firm There seemed to be a positive change in the seventies Whatever momentum was there went bang after Reagan became president I m not about the business of tearing down Ronnie He s just somebody who came along He happened to be in the place for eight years What I ll nevernderstand was how we could take a man born in almost the first decade of the century and get him to preside over the next to last decade to do everything in his power to throw Enathu Suya Saritham us back into the first decade of the century What a ripoffC P Ellis ex Klansman turnednion leader and civil rights activist and Durham NC resident I worked my butt off and never seemed to break even They say to abide by the law do right and live for the Lord and everything ll work out It just kept getting worse and worse I began to say there s somethin wrong with this country I really began to get bitter I tried to find somebody I began to blame it on black people I had to hate somebody Hatin America is hard to do because you can t see it to hate it You gotta have somethin to look at to hate Laughs The natural person for me to hate would be black people because my father me was a member of the me to hate would be black people because my father before me a member of the They sent some robed Klansmen to talk to me and give me some instructions I was led into a large meeting room and this was the time of my life It was thrilling Here s a guy who s worked hard all his life and struggled all his life to be something and here s the moment to be something I will never forget it After I had taken my oath there was loud applause goin through the buildin musta been at least four hundred people It was a thrilling moment for C P EllisSome years after this Ellis represents the poor white viewpoint at a community meeting regarding the distribution of a HEW grant for school improvement which he is named co chairperson of along with Ann Atwater an African American civil rights activistHer and I began to reluctantly work together Laughs She had as many problems workin with me as I had workin with her My old friends would call me Y of the thoughts and emotions of both blacks and white ncovering a fascinating narrative of changing opinions Preachers and street punks college students and Klansmen interracial couples the nephew of the founder of apartheid and Emmett Til.

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An oral history of race relations in the US that despite its flaws should probably be read by everyoneIt s not perfect it s a little dated and a little too by everyoneIt s not perfect it s a little dated and a little too on the civil rights backlash black white relations and the conseuences of de industrialization in the Midwest In other words it s very Chicago An entirely different book would have arisen out of an oral history of the Los Angeles riots which went down the same year Race was published 1992That said Studs Terkel is a fabulous historian The stories here are endlessly surprising and touchingly human There are no saints or sinners here And each time you think you know one of Terkel s speakers they twist back and contradict themselves circling round and round a constant but ncertain human decencyBe warned it s not a page turner I slogged through it over the course of many months but I m glad I kept at it Sad to say it would seem we have not made much progress in the two decades since this book has been published in fact in some ways we ve regressed Studs Terkel has always impressed me with his ability to get people to speak their mind And in an era before the Internet and Social Media the tone of his work radiated an authenticity that is now sorely lackingHis book RACE was no exception to this overarching characteristic of his legendary careerAlthough written than 20 years ago RACE was prophetic in its summation of the extent of the problem of racism in the US It wasn t a call to action It wasn t a analysis of the situation But it was a powerful look at what people thoughtMany of the folks Terkel spoke with were old enough to remember the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s In a few cases he interviewed people who lived in neighborhoods that experienced rioting Others talked about moving from the Deep South to Chicago in hopes of a brighter futureWith a current White House administration that seems to be than willing to administer heaping doses of amoral amnesia RACE still stands as an important reminder that diligence is a Necessary Virtue In A Democracy Studs Terkel virtue in a democracy Studs Terkel had a strong belief in the wisdom of the masses Too often American media and establishment figures treat the public like we are too stupid to Die Pharaonin understand anything I think the books that Studs Terkel put together over his long career prove this notion wrong Regular people know the score And if you can get them to let their defenses down and openp Terkel s greatest skill you will get insights into the human condition that no PhD s dissertation would ever revealAnother thing I like about the books by Studs Terkel from The Good War to Hard Times to this book is the wide variety of perspectives that he brings together Over the course of a book you get the point of view of hundreds of different people all talking about the same subject When you come at an issue from so many directions you end Something Radiates up getting a really comprehensive well roundednderstandingThis book wasn t strictly a pleasure read It took some persistence to push all the way through but it was a rewarding and educational journey well worth the effortSome things that really reflected the anxieties of the time this book was written around 1990 kept coming Viking Slave (The Beast Kings Slave, up Many interviewees mention affirmative action Many many mentioned Louis Farrakhan than ever would have today He was obviously havingite a moment in First published in 1992 at the height of the furore over the Rodney King incident Studs Terkel's Race was an immediate bestseller In a rare and revealing look at how people in America truly feel about race Terkel brings out the full complexit. ,
T night C P what the hell is wrong with you You re sellin out the white race This began to make me have guilty feelin s Here I am all of a sudden makin an about face and tryin to deal with my feelin s my heart My mind was beginnin to open Bonsai from the Wild up I was beginnin to see what was right and what was wrong I don t want the kids to fight forever One day Ann and I just sat down and began to reflect Ann said My daughter came home cryin every day She said her teacher was makin fun of her in front of the other kids I said Boy same thing happened to my kid White liberal teacher was makin fun of Tim Ellis s father the Klansman in front of other peoples He came home cryin At this point He pauses swallows hard stifles a sob I begin to see here we are two people from the far ends of the fence havin identical problems except her bein black and me bein white From that moment on I tell ya that gal and I worked together good I begin to love the girl really He weepsMamie Mobley teacher mother of Emmett Till Mose Wright my mother s brother in law pointed out Bryant and Milam as the two men who came for Emmett Thar s them It tooknprecedented courage Nothing like that had ever happened in the South before That was an old black man sixty five years old He stayed in the area Graveyard Shift until he was rescued by some civil rights group and putnder surveillance One night he slept in the graveyard behind his church He was a minister He slept nder the cotton house one night He never spent another night in that house No one didTerkel Look back for a moment Didn t you feel the Lord deserted you You re a mother YOUR ONLY CHILD BRUTALLY MURDERED YOUR only child brutally murdered your almost destroyed wasn there an instant when you wanted to hurt his two killersMobley No No The only real change that came over me when Emmett was killed I was a very private person I could stay in my house one year and not go any farther than the front porch and be perfectly happy My thoughts were centered around Emmett and myself and what we were going to do and planning for our future Then all of a sudden in the midst of despair it wasn t really important for me to live Death at that time would have been preferable The phone rang one day and an editor from Jet magazine wanted to know What are you going to do I said I m going to school and be a teacher I was shocked From the time I was seven I wanted to be a teacher I grew p in Argo Illinois and had never met a black teacher There was no such animal I didn t have a black teacher The Diary of Jack the Ripper until I was in my second semester in college That door was closed so I gavep those dreams Then all of a sudden this was in the fall of 1956 about a year after Emmett had been Sobs softly I d buried Emmett My burning the about a year after Emmett had been Sobs softly I d buried Emmett My burning the that has come out of Emmett s death is to push education to the limit you must learn all you can Learn Brendas Private Swing until your head swellsDr Kenneth B Clark psychologist whose research was crucial in the Brown v Board of Education decision Bayard Rustinsed to ask me With your cynicism your pessimism as intense as it is why haven t you committed suicide My reply is I m curious I really want to see this process this joke Real Service upntil I die Also remembered as Dar he which is the title of a one man play regarding the murder and trial there are clips on youtube Jet was also I believe the first magazine to publicize the photographs of Till s body. L's mother are among those whose voices appear in Race In all nearly one hundred Americans talk openly about attitudes that few are willing to admit in public feelings about affirmative action gentrification secret prejudices and dashed hopes.