reading recommendation

As a follow up to my post on the suburbs and race, allow me to recommend a book that I just finished reading: Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson. It deals with the racially-motivated murder of Henry Marrow in Oxford, North Carolina in May 1970. The author is the son of a local (white) minister, and was himself a ten-year-old witness to events leading up to and following the murder (but not the murder itself).

For me, one of the most compelling things about the book was that he never shied away from the issue of white liberals (including those he is related to), and their failure to overcome their own racism in dealing with African Americans in the book. Check it out!

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April 15, 2005. books for grown-ups.

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