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Recently, during a commute, I overheard a conversation between two men. They were debating stop and frisk policies as well as road checkpoints/spot checks. The first man, Adam let’s call him, said that he didn’t understand why people would be upset about a pat down or a road stop. After all, if you didn’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear. His companion, let’s call him Bert, responded with how many times he had been pulled over because he had been a young black male in a car that police believed should be out of his price range. Bert joined the army right after high school, he said, and could afford to drive such vehicles. His fellow soldiers who were white did not get stopped. Adam volleyed back with well, he had been profiled when he had been pulled over, and then was forced to admit that he had been speeding.
Then I got off the train. I’ll leave you to figure out which person was black and which white.
Reading books like Suspect Citizens for people before having the above conversation with anyone.
It should be noted that the work of Baumgarther, Epp, and Shoub focuses on one state, North Carolina, but considering what the presentation and analysis of the data prove that getting pulled over when “driving while black” is really a thing. Not that everyone in the United States didn’t know this, but let’s be honest, odds are you know at least one person who says that it isn’t true. The authors note that part of the reason for this book is so that people who are not black can approach dialogue about police and race with compassion and knowledge.
I find books like this difficult to rate. It is a study. There is a great deal of data being presented to the reader. At times, such use of numbers can be dull, but the writers don’t present information dully. Furthermore, connections are made to wide problems (like low voter turn our). The book isn’t entirely negatively. It also takes the time to go into great detail about the history of the law that triggered the correction of the data as including the full law in an appendix. Attention is given to the history of pulling a car over and the difference between reasons for a driver being pulled over.
There is something information about the pulling over of Hispanic and Native Americans, but the focus is on African Americans.
The book closes with some personal stories of those that have been pulled over. The stories include various outcomes but are very powerful.
I have recently started reading Dune by Frank Herbert. It is a fantastic book, as it is considered one of the best science fiction books of all time. I cannot choose just one single passage for the most vivid one. The book is so descriptive that in just a few chapters it feels like you know the characters and their predicament. The most important details are on what the characters are thinking. In italics the thoughts of the characters are displayed. Overall, I think anyone who likes sci-fi books would love this book.
Voting starts May 22 and ends October 2018. See link for more of the 100 nominees.
I'm about this but do wish they had done it by categories or even time periods (I.e., published before 1900, before 1950, before 2000, type of splits). I agree that those are 100 of the most read, most popular and even most influential books.
I just mean it's weird seeing beloved childhood books like Charlotte's Web and Anne of Green Gables up against Carch 22, Then There Were None, and long running contemporary series like Alex Cross and Wheel of Time?
Then the hordes of fans for Twilight, Fifty Shades of Gray, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter ...
(I am not at all disrespecting Harry Potter; frankly I think those books are responsible for an entire generation of readers. It's just weird to see it up against the other nominees.)
How would you vote -- a childhood favorite that made you a reader or your favorite recent read?