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Dr. Trump's first book was an absolute gem and I hope every reader in America bought it. THis one? OMG.
If you have no idea of the history of racism in America, if you have general ideas but have never read a really good study of the subject, you can get some value from learning that.
However - the title of this book, its description was not The History of Racism in America & how racism is the answer to all problems. It was billed as finding a way to heal. Meaning action that we all can take to make sure that Donald or another authoritarian bully never takes power in this country again. There is a smattering of words on that subject in the last chapter.
And BTW, racism is not the only or even the most fundamental problem in the USA. Rabbi Michael Lerner's last three books, for example, talk about income inequality, power inequality, as the substrate that racism (including anti-Semitism) and sexism need to rest on. Black people are not the only losers in this horrible culture; remember cruelty to brown Causasians, truly horrific cruelties to women of all colors, the desperation of parents who can't feed their kids on a min. wage that is half what it is everywhere else in the world. Enough - entire and excellent books have been written on how different ethnic/color groups plus women are disempowered as a deliberate tactic of the power-seeking kleptocracy. RWA's - right-wing authoritarian thinking - is the statistically-clear substrate whose outward manifestations are racism (against all the Have-Nots, not just Blacks), Sexism, Anti-(insert religion or culture here).
I had no idea how someone could write such brilliant and incisive work once and then - this. Two theories present themselves: 1) she wrote it too fast, wanting to have a second book. 2) she's rich and feels guilty, ascribing all of her privilege to her whiteness, and ignoring the millions of $. Yes, she was gypped by Donald in a blatant theft, but when it's the difference between 5 million and 500 million..... you can understand how she might be feeling a bit uncomfortable about herself.
I'm only sorry - and very sorry, indeed - that I wasted $ on this. Folks, I have Black siblings and have taken more classes in African American and African history than Dr. Trump or probably most Americans. I socked a school official who made my little brother cry because he refused to let him join Cub Scouts. I've been with weeping Black friends who lost their jobs to racism. On and on. And I've watched the wealth and power gap get wider than the Pacific Ocean just in my own lifetime. I've been victimized by gender violence and had my life choices cut off by men in power. There's more wrong with the USA than just one type of racism. If we manage to salvage democracy itself, it will only be because we focus on THAT.
You won't focus on the root causes of Black disempowerment by reading this book. You certainly won't find a way to restore what Donald Trump destroyed - and build a better democracy - by reading this book.
Bought this book for my wife. The book Too Much and Never Enough also. She loved the other one, and it was easy to read. The print for "Reconning" is atrocious, and she can't read it for more than a few minutes. I have no idea what Mary (and the publisher) did in the way of preparation, but this is terrible. You'd think they would have thought about seniors (often the very people who should be reached with this kind of writing,) but apparently not enough.
Instead of a book about Trump, this is another history lesson on Black oppression, White supremacy and why there should be reparations. Seems to me a money grab for the author. By the way, I’m an Independent former Republican who hates Trump. I liked her first book.