(PDF) Race How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession

Ould be black people because my father before me was a member of the Klan They sent some robed Klansmen to talk to me and give me some instructions I was led into a large meeting room and this was the time of my life It was thrilling Here s a guy who s worked hard all his life and struggled all his life to be something and here s the moment to be something I will never forget it After I had taken my oath there was loud applause goin through the buildin musta been at least four hundred people It was a Thrilling Moment For C P EllisSome Years After This Ellis moment FOR C P ELLISSOME YEARS AFTER THIS ELLIS THE C P EllisSome years after this Ellis the white viewpoint at a community meeting regarding the distribution of a HEW grant for school improvement which he is named co chairperson of along with Ann Atwater an African American civil rights activistHer and I began to reluctantly work together Laughs She had as many problems workin with me as I had workin with her My old friends would call me at night C P what the hell is wrong with you You re sellin out the white race This began to make me have guilty feelin s Here I am all of a sudden makin an about face and tryin to deal with my feelin s my heart My mind was beginnin to open up I was beginnin to see what was right and what was wrong I don t want the kids to fight forever One day Ann and I just sat down and began to reflect Ann said My daughter came home cryin very day She said her teacher was makin fun of her in front of the other kids I said Boy same thing happened to my kid White liberal teacher was makin fun of Tim Ellis s father the Klansman in front of other peoples He came home cryin At this point He pauses swallows hard stifles a sob I begin to see here we are two people from the far Crazy Love ends of the fence havin identical problemsxcept her bein black and me bein white From that moment on I tell ya that gal and I worked together good I begin to love the girl really He weepsMamie Mobley teacher mother of Emmett Till Mose Wright my mother s brother in law pointed out Bryant and Milam as the two men who came for Emmett Thar s them It took unprecedented courage Nothing like that had Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society ever happened in the South before That was an old black man sixty five years old He stayed in the area until he was rescued by some civil rights group and put under surveillance One night he slept in the graveyard behind his church He was a minister He slept under the cotton house one night He never spent another night in that house No one didTerkel Look back for a moment Didn t you feel the Lord deserted you You re a young mother your only child brutally murdered your life almost destroyed wasn t there an instant when you wanted to hurt his two killersMobley No No The only real change that came over me when Emmett was killed I was a very private person I could stay in my house one year and not go any farther than the front porch and be perfectly happy My thoughts were centered around Emmett and myself and what we were going to do and planning for our future Then all of a sudden in the midst of despair it wasn t really important for me to live Death at that time would have been preferable The phone rang one day and anditor from Jet magazine wanted to know What are you going to do I said I m going to school and be a teacher I was shocked From the time I was seven I wanted to be a teacher I grew up in Argo Illinois and had never met a black teacher There was no such animal I didn t have a black teacher until I was in my second semester in college That door was closed so I gave up those dreams Then all of a sudden this was in the fall of 1956 about a year after Emmett had been Sobs softly I d buried Emmett My burning the thing that has come out of Emmett s death is to push ducation to the limit you must learn all you can Learn until your head swellsDr Kenneth B Clark psychologist whose research was crucial in the Brown v Board of Education decision Bayard swellsDr Kenneth B Clark psychologist whose research was crucial in the Brown v Board of Education decision Bayard used to ask me With your cynicism your pessimism as intense as it is why haven t you committed suicide My reply is I m curious I really want to see this process this joke up until I die Also remembered as Dar he which is the title of a one man play regarding the murder and trial there are clips on youtube Jet was also I believe the first magazine to publicize the photographs of Till s bod. L's mother are among those whose voices appear in Race In all nearly one hundred Americans talk openly about attitudes that few are willing to admit in public feelings about affirmative action gentrification secret prejudices and dashed hopes. ,
Amazingly relevant 30 years later Studs Terkel has always impressed me with his ability to get people to speak their mind And in an ra before the Internet and Social Media the tone of his work radiated an authenticity that is now sorely lackingHis book RACE was no xception to this overarching characteristic of his legendary careerAlthough written than 20 years ago RACE was prophetic in its summation of the xtent of the problem of racism in the US It wasn t a call to action It wasn t a analysis of the situation But it was a powerful look At What People ThoughtMany what people thoughtMany the folks Terkel spoke with were old Black Heart, Red Ruby enough to remember the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s In a few cases he interviewed people who lived in neighborhoods thatxperienced rioting Others talked about moving from the Deep South to Chicago in hopes of a brighter futureWith a current White House administration that seems to be than willing to administer heaping doses of amoral amnesia RACE still stands as an important reminder that diligence is a necessary virtue in a democracy The thing I love about Studs Terkel s books is how it immediately calms you down and makes you look at your fellow man a little different I should amend that If you are the sort of person who demands that verybody looks at things the same as you has the same opinions as you and lives the same way you do then you may be frustrated by his books Because what really comes out in his short interviews with ordinary people from all different backgrounds are the complexities of humanityIn his books are the voices of a welfare mother sitting next to you on the bus as well as a multi millionaire CEO What you learn is that verybody no matter their background has something interesting to say if you just stop talking and start listening They all have their own has something interesting to say if you just stop talking and start listening They all have their own of opinions and different ways of looking at thingsIn the past few years I ve read Race The Good War Hard Times and Will the Circle Be Unbroken With the possible New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood exception of the last of those books which was missing something for me reading Studs Terkel leaves me feeling much accepting of the world I live in differences and all An oral history of race relations in the US that despite its flaws should probably be read byveryoneIt s not perfect it s a little dated and a little too focused on the civil rights backlash black white relations and the conseuences of de industrialization in the Midwest In other words it s very Chicago An Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey entirely different book would have arisen out of an oral history of the Los Angeles riots which went down the same year Race was published 1992That said Studs Terkel is a fabulous historian The stories here arendlessly surprising and touchingly human There are no saints or sinners here And God's Pocket each time you think you know one of Terkel s speakers they twist back and contradict themselves circling round and round a constant but uncertain human decencyBe warned it s not a page turner I slogged through it over the course of many months but I m glad I kept at it Changed my life by opening myyes to how racism works how pervasive and insidious it can be and also how it hurts people how it changes people and how it breaks down sometimesThis book also proves that racism is real which may sound weird if you grew up knowing it was real but if you grew up in a polite PC 90% white neighborhood like mine where no one was called names it draws back the veilThank you very much Studs was called names it draws back the veilThank you very much Studs I miss you Studs Terkel always had a strong belief in the wisdom of the masses Too often American media and ЯED establishment figures treat the public like we are too stupid to understand anything I think the books that Studs Terkel put together over his long career prove this notion wrong Regular people know the score And if you can get them to let their defenses down and open up Terkel s greatest skill you will get insights into the human condition that no PhD s dissertation wouldver revealAnother thing I like about the books by Studs Terkel from The Good War to Hard Times to this book is the wide variety of perspectives that he brings together Over the course of a book you get the point of view of hundreds of different people all talking about the same subject When you come at an issue from so many directions. First published in 1992 at the height of the furore over the Rodney King incident Studs Terkel's Race was an immediate bestseller In a rare and revealing look at how people in America truly feel about race Terkel brings out the full complexit. You nd up getting a really comprehensive well rounded understandingThis book wasn t strictly a pleasure read It took some persistence to push all the way through but it was a rewarding and ducational journey well worth the The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs effortSome things that really reflected the anxieties of the time this book was written around 1990 kept coming up Many interviewees mention affirmative action Many many mentioned Louis Farrakhan thanver would have today He was obviously having uite a moment in the spotlight during the late 80s Moreno early 90s Also many people in this book had a sense that open racism was staging a comeback under Ronald Reagan Far too many people talked about that for it to be strictly politically motivated I found that strikingThose few currentvents issues were the Monsieur Pain exception however I think the majority of this work is timeless in reflecting the myriad ways large and small that racism shapes the Americanxperience This book really gives the reader a first person perspective on how racism operates and how prejudice feels The metaphor that really stuck with me was footwear Terkel uotes Chicago insurance man Joseph Latti Being black in America is like being forced to wear ill fitting shoes Some people adjust to it It s always uncomfortable on your feet but you ve got to wear it because it s the only shoe you ve got Some people can bear the uncomfort than others Some people can block it from their minds some can t When you see some acting docile and some acting militant they have one thing in common the shoe is uncomfortable It s always thereAn A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author eye opening book Well worth your time Watching Friends has almost certainly made me a worse person invery way but I would probably never have picked up this book if I hadn t noticed Ross reading it at one point So I guess it was worth it I wish Studs Terkel were still alive so he could re interview the people featured in this book Some thought racial issues were getting better at the time 1990 and some thought they were getting worse It would be interesting to see what they d say about the past ten years Sad to say it would seem we have not made much progress in the two decades since this book has been published in fact in some ways we ve regressed Studs Terkel s Race is another in a series of books that provides an xcellent oral history about subjects that few feel free to talk about If you like oral history then you ll love Studs Terkel Famous for his classic book Working he seeks out common unfamous Americans and simply asks them to talk about what they think about Race and race relations in this book Written in 1990 the book is a little dated but still holds largely true There are around 100 interviews in this book He interviews about an ual amount of Blacks and Whites with some other thnicities mixed in and like in all of his books he interviews about the same number of old and young men and women and middle class and poor No mention of anyone s sexuality thoughSome highlighted s Aside from me pointing out that this book was both monumentally uplifting and monumentally depressing it only seems appropriate to let the people speak for themselvesAlex Berteau partner at a black law firm There seemed to be a positive change in the seventies Whatever momentum was there went bang after Reagan became president I m not about the business of tearing down Ronnie He s just somebody who came along He happened to be in the place for ight years What I ll never understand was how we could take a man born in almost the first decade of the century and get him to preside over the next to last decade to do The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good everything in his power to throw us back into the first decade of the century What a ripoffC P Ellisx Klansman turned union leader and civil rights activist and Durham NC resident I worked my butt off and never seemed to break ven They say to abide by the law Do Right And Live For The Lord right and live for the Lord verything ll work out It just kept getting worse and worse I began to say there s somethin wrong with this country I really began to get bitter I tried to find somebody I began to blame it on black people I had to hate somebody Hatin America is hard to do because you can t see it to hate it You gotta have somethin to look at to hate Laughs The natural person for me to hate Y of the thoughts and motions of both blacks and white uncovering a fascinating narrative of changing opinions Preachers and street punks college students and Klansmen interracial couples the nephew of the founder of apartheid and Emmett Til.

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Race How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession