Perspectives Blog of the Day: 11/05/09 Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrint By MinnPost staff | 11/05/2009 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. Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrint Get MinnPost's top stories in your inbox First Name: * Last Name: * Email Address: * Daily newsletter Sunday review Greater Minnesota newsletter D.C. Memo Subscribe Now Comments (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. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.