I will Not Be Afraid
Racism, what exactly is it? What does it feel like? What does it look like? There are so many ways to discriminate against someone, either because of their sex or their color or whether or not they are obese or not. It is prevalent even now. In Melba Pattillo Beals book I Will Not Be Afraid she shares her experience of being one of nine teenagers who were chosen to go to Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas in 1957 to the threats of bodily harm and verbal abuse of a lot of people. Although, I am a white woman, my heart went out to Beals to her experience of being called vicious and ugly names and physical abuse by others just because she was a black young woman wanting to get a better education in an all white high school. My mind cannot fathom this direct form of racism. I know it is real, because there have been eye witness accounts from those who have experienced it.
I love the fact that Beals does not hate white people or has allowed someone else’s hate towards her cause her to hate others. That is one strong, gracious woman there. This is an awesome book.
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In exchange for my review of Melba Pattillo Beals’ book I Will Not Be Afraid I was given a free copy from Revell Books. The opinions I express are my own and I was not influenced.