I am now officially an author—or at least, a co-author. My book, The Day Racism Died, was published earlier this month (August 2020). It can be found here for purchase: https://www.smsnovel.com/product-page/the-day-that-racism-died
While I put the kettle on, check out the following excerpt from my new book. I talked about one of the many race-based experiences that I had in college:
“In a college Physiology class, my group was using a textbook provided by the instructor to complete a laboratory assignment. Pleased, I made a comment about how many minorities I saw in the book. I mentioned that I saw next to none of them in text growing up. I was pleased to be seeing more and more. The other minority members of the group concurred. But the lone White woman in my group looked disturbed and said:
“But what about us?”
A delicious Freudian slip.
I told her: “Don’t worry. Y’all will still be there.” As I continued working on the lab, I thought about what she said. It was interesting. She thought that increased diversity would erase her. I bet that even as my blond-haired, blue-eyed classmate uttered senseless those words, she never once stopped to imagine what it was like being invisible all along. To varying degrees, this was the tale of each of the minorities in her group. But of course, she was insensitive. All she could think about was herself and hypotheticals.
What a privilege to have to only fear possibilities.”
-Chapter 1, The Day Racism Died
This book is available in two formats: e-book and paperback. It is 80 pages of narrative from three authors, who I can objectively describe as the following:
1. A young Nigerian-American renaissance woman (me)
2. A middle-aged white male with a predictable sports obsession and a thing for Asians
3. A colorblind, elderly white female who is spicing up her twilight years by flirting with some of the tenets of socialism
Part of the attraction of reading this book is seeing how differently each of the authors process the same system American white supremacy. Anyway, depending on how wOkE you are, as you read this book, you’ll get to see several interesting examples of the following phenomena:
1. 100% FACTS
2. A Little Scalding Humor
3. Tablespoons of Skepticism
4. Moderate Pessimism
9. Social Commentary
10. Me: Pretending to be a Psychologist
From the other authors:
1. Fetishization of minorities & a heap of ‘How Would You Feel’ arguments
2. The literal definition of ‘he means well’ & Provocation of BIPOC
3. Victim-Blaming & White Fragility
4. Arguments for police reform with a side of ‘Not in My Backyard’
5. Boiling Colorblindness & Conflation of Different forms of Oppression
6. The ‘Bad Apple’ Argument & homage to Kumbaya Hos/moderate Black martyrs
7. The sulking ghost of Elizabeth Warren in the following sentences: “…around my early teens, I found out I was Native American Indian…If I had labeled myself Native American Indian, it probably would have caused additional rejection and racism.”
8. Arguments for the existence of reverse racism & Racial Naivete
9. Overall Disingenuousness with a side of ‘I’m Not a Part of the Problem’
10. Patriotism with a side of ‘Blame the Politicians’
I kid you not: this book will be entertaining from start to finish.
Consider indulging in the tea.
*Cover Image By Angie Wang