The Tragic Lynching of Willie James Howard
Caste is such an important book. It really should be required reading, in my opinion, especially for anyone in the United States. (also Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow) But I have to confess it took me a long time to get through it. I’m a slow reader anyway, and the relentless reality here is not easy to digest. Every interview I’ve ever seen (or heard) Elizabeth Wilkerson do has been outstanding. I still need to go back and read The Warmth of Other Suns.
Wilkerson’s books are so riveting and simultaneously so difficult to read. I read the bits in CASTE about Black Americans in WWI to my World History students. I’d forgotten the story you highlight here, so I’ll have to go back and reread The Warmth of Other People’s Sons.
There is movie based on Wilkerson's Origins due out later this year. It's directed by Ava DuVernay, and the initial press has been very positive. https://www.oprahdaily.com/entertainment/books/a45088252/isabel-wilkersons-caste-movie-makes-history/
Thank you for sharing. Wilkerson's books should be in every high school; they're beautifully written and so smart and informative. And it's always chilling to me to think—the murderers' children and grandchildren are walking around carrying who knows what beliefs ... and voting.
For sending a Christmas card. I've heard about the book but never read it. Need to look it up.
Thank you for this. I have Wilkerson's Caste and have been considering what to read next. I think you've given me the nudge to pick it up.
Just breaks my heart. I was so naive as a kid, thinking the Civil Rights movement would fix the issues of violent racism, in all its versions, once and for all. Regardless, I still have hope, and books like these, despite the people who would try to silence them, are an important part of the solution, in my opinion.