Why Didn't We Riot?: A Black Man in Trumpland

Other Pr. Oct. 2020. 192p. ISBN 9781635420289. $21.99. SOC SCI
In this much-needed book, journalist Bailey (My Brother Moochie) recounts the stark history of racism and violence Black Americans live with every day, and what happens when efforts to speak out are largely met with resistance or aren't taken seriously. Bailey reveals how racial stereotypes are perpetuated within society and still repeated in the media far too often, despite the increased support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd's murder. Recounting his own experiences, Bailey shares how he was asked to tone down the narrative of his newspaper reporting on police brutality while expanding upon how Black Americans are mistreated in the criminal justice system, often leading to wrongful convictions. Powerful chapters continue to expose the stark differences between President Obama speaking out against police violence, and white men using anger to their advantage, especially for political gains. In an illuminating chapter, Bailey also reveals the connections between white supremacy and Evangelical Christianity in United States, making a case for the removal of Confederate monuments that have served as symbols of hate.
VERDICT An essential and powerful call for action asking us all to examine the role our silence plays in upholding white supremacy.
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