Made That Summer Reading List Yet?
Gregory Kane | 6/13/2013, 9:02 p.m.
So, in the case of Assata Shakur, it’s not a question of “Who’s the terrorist?” It’s a question of “Who’s doing the lying?”
Do you, like me, think the year 1968 was probably the worst in the country’s history?
It started off with the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and went straight down the toilet from there. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April. Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in June. Police rioted at the Democratic National Convention, and the year ended with Richard M. Nixon being elected president. Could there have been a worse year?
Actually, there was: 1919 and author/journalist Cameron McWhirter gives the sordid details in his book, “Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America.”
The year 1919 was especially bad for black Americans. There were a series of riots— they should more properly be called anti-black pogroms— and lynchings throughout the country.
In some cities— like Chicago and Washington, D.C.— black Americans fought back and resisted the pogroms. After you read McWhirter’s book, you’ll have to admit that a tip of the hat is deserved for any black person who could survive that year.
Those are just two of the books on what, for me, will be a lengthy reading list this summer.