Right now our blog community has FIRST LOOK at a groundbreaking work that speaks to the legacy of this town.
RACISM IN KANSAS CITY: A SHORT HISTORY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MUST READ BOOK OF 2015!!!
Don't just take TKC's word for it, check this important endorsement from a longtime Kansas City power broker:
"Racism in Kansas City: A Short History should be mandatory reading beginning with our middle school children and ending with parents and other adults. ~ Alvin Brooks, from the Foreword, Racism in Kansas City: A Short History"
Here's just a bit of description from the liner notes of the book:
Anti-black racism still infects American society.
African Americans are more likely than whites to be killed by police, to be pulled over, arrested, imprisoned, and executed. They are more likely to be turned down for a job, to be underpaid, or offered a bad home loan than equally qualified whites.
Racism’s effects are tragic. The killing of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, triggered riots. A white terrorist massacred black worshipers in Charleston, South Carolina. Eight black churches were burned in the South in ten days.
Kansas Citians, like so many others across the nation, wonder, "Could it happen here?" The answer lies in this study of Kansas City’s darkest moments—slavery, the border war, the Civil War, bombings of black homes, lynchings, the segregation of neighborhoods and schools, the civil rights struggle, the Black Panther movement, the 1968 race riot, assassinations in the 1970s, the infamous Missouri v. Jenkins U.S. Supreme Court case, and the racial inequities that still plague Kansas City today. Threaded throughout Racism in Kansas City are stories of those who fought ardently against racist policies—and sometimes won.
Racism in Kansas City, in the end, offers readers a hopeful message: with awareness comes understanding and then change.
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