Blog of the Day: 11/05/09

John McWhorter lists 10 books on race that should be more widely read. “If I ever taught a course on black issues, these would all be on the syllabus,” he says at The Root.

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  1. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 11/05/2009 - 02:58 pm.

    A great list I’m sure, but since the average American knows next to nothing about the history of race relations in the U.S., I would hope McWhorter’s syllabus is for a class that assumes you’ve already taken courses on the Reconstruction and Jim Crow.

    No one who reads a book about U.S. race relations who is not up to speed on the history of Reconstruction and Jim Crow can possibly hope to understand the enormous mess that is race relations in America. And really, to understand Reconstruction and Jim Crow, it’s important that you understand how the U.S. practiced a variant of slavery that is unique in human history.

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