The Give a Sh*t Book Club
America has become a scary place for many people in recent months. Hateful rhetoric has been given a powerful platform. It's hard to know where to start, but the resistance starts here, with us.
Here’s how it works: Every month, I pick a book that has particular social or political relevance to what’s going on in our nation and the world. Then the last Saturday of the month, I post my thoughts and reflections about the book, and anyone who so desires can jump in on the discussion too.
It’s a way for me to commit to staying engaged with important issues without totally burning myself out with doom and gloom.
The next book selection of The Give a Sh*t Book Club is White Rage: The Unpsoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson. As this book club has been ramping up, I've admittedly been playing it a little safe with my picks, sticking to fiction and themes well within my comfort zone. The past week's news, however, is too horrifying to ignore. White supremacists in this country are now emboldened to speak and to act on their bigotry, with terrifying results. I'm hoping Anderson's book will help us understand the history of white rage in the U.S. (because it's certainly not a new phenomenon). I just know I have to find some small way to push back against the tide of white supremacy and hate.
Prior to publishing White Rage and in the aftermath of Ferguson, Anderson wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post that is worth checking out. After reading it, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the book.
Want to Participate? Get your hands on a copy of the book, read it, and meet back here on Saturday, June 24th for a virtual book club discussion. Already have plans that day? No problem, the comments will stay open for at least a week, so you can jump in whenever you have time.
See below our previous Give a Sh*t Book Club discussions.