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A book that I think everyone should read

Darity Jr, William A., and A. Kirsten Mullen. From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century. UNC Press Books, 2020.

This was not an easy book for me to read as a white person. The brutality of slavery, and it’s follow up, which is best described as American Apartheid, requires swallowing some difficult truths. I believe that a debt is owed. We need radical change in order to create a just and equitable society. Please read this book.

Going virtual, the good and the bad

Carter, Angela, Tina Catania, Sam Schmitt, and Amanda Swenson. “Bodyminds like ours: An autoethnographic analysis of graduate school, disability, and the politics of disclosure,” in Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education ed. Stephanie Kerschbaum, et.al. (University of Michigan Press, 2017): 95-113.

I decided to highlight this book chapter because the authors speak as disabled graduate students who were from disparate locations.  They decided to collaborate virtually on this article.  They reminded me  about how much I have appreciated, both in my job and my personal life, the ability to participate virtually.  I am mobility compromised, and I no longer drive. It would be really difficult for me to go some of the places that I have reached out to virtually. That really speaks to remote work eliminating many of the barriers for disabled people to participate in the workforce.

They also discuss the fact that online is not a perfect solution. Our country suffers from a very serious digital divide. This is not only about access to technology devices, but is also about infrastructure and a very uneven grid of access.  If we are going to seriously engage in remote work, and remote leaning, we have to address the digital divide.

What am I currently reading? (August 3, 2020)

I got distracted from the projects of last week, because a library hold arrived.

Darity Jr, William A., and A. Kirsten Mullen. From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century. UNC Press Books, 2020.

They got my attention in the acknowledgements:

“To our sons — members of the fifth generation born since slavery was outlawed — and to our ancestors we have identified who were born enslaved and lived to see emancipation.”

This is one of the most profound statements of the profound damage that American Apartheid has done to all of us. I cannot even begin to imagine what it means to be a person of color. It is time for true change. I recommend this book with all my heart.

(Thank you to NYPL.)

 

 

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