"Where is my bookmark? Which audiobook are my headphones plugged into?"
My bookmark is placed in "A Colony in a Nation" by Chris Hayes. The thesis of the book honestly is not quite clear to me. He writes about what is thought to be a post racial world. His connection for how the founding fathers and black men who were murdered by police work is fascinating and strong. I appreciate the stories that anchor the detriment and reality of police brutality, harassment of black people by police and the policies that were supposed to protect. The stories further show Hayes' signature on-ground reporting.
I am listening to "Barracoon" by Zora Neale Hurston. It is the extraordinary story about the last African, whose name was changed to Cudjo Lewis, to arrive as a slave. This story was written decades upon decades ago and is vital for the perspective of a grim history. It is preposterous this book was not published at the time but paved way for the book to be received now. The introduction is widely detailed of how Hurston was granted the interview. By a scholar, she was even accused of plagiarism!