Tentative Thoughts on Charlottesville: Not a Weekly Update

I’m sorry everyone, but this past week has been crazy on many levels, and I have decided to post a combined update this weekend instead of trying to write something this week.

However, I did want to say that I have been deeply saddened by the events in the United States over the past week or so, and struggling with how to address it. This is a book blog and politics don’t have to come into that, but at the same time, this is a book blog that is meant to look directly at issues of representation and race, the social and political realm cannot be separated from these issues.

On one level I don’t feel like I have a lot to say. There are so many people who are better informed and more directly connected to these events who have weighed in, and I don’t know what I could add. However, I also think that much of the problem is that people like me don’t always speak up, and has has been demonstrated particularly clearly last week by a certain person, silence is often interpreted as acceptance instead on condemnation.

Essentially, I am struggling with what to say, and how to say it. This project is not about saying anything really. It is about seeking other voices and listening, and that is what I will be doing over the next couple of weeks. I am going to be reading through the materials on this site, a “curriculum for white Americans to educate themselves on race and racism” , and seeking books and writings that look at issues of race, including The Fire This Time, a collection of essays edited by Jesmyn Ward, and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Well, I’ll be back next week with a bunch of audio-books (I’m driving about 42 hours in the next two weeks). Take care!


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