If you don't understand racism, this book explains it. A clear picture of how the past has shaped present day for blacks in America. The first chapter alone is brilliant! Listen with an unbiased ear and open heart and maybe you will get a glimpse of what "the struggle" really is.
Reading performance and story are essentially irrelevant in comparison with the quality and value of the content.
I wish I had read this years ago. I would have been able to radically alter my behavior much sooner. I have a much greater understanding of the culture I live in and how racism has evolved in the US. Alexander lays out a chronological and balanced argument against "colorblindness." This book shows the difference between calling all white people racist and saying that we all, blacks included, implicitly read black and brown people as 'criminal.' If you are a "white" person who truly wants to understand race and crime, this book is for you. If you're one who doesn't, this book is still for you, so I ask you to read it anyway.
This book is mandatory for anyone who wishes to have an intellectual discussion on race. It should be taught in high school the same year civics and government is taught in History or Social Studies. I can't stress the importance of this book enough. Excellent!
So many great points were made and the need for change came across to me. I am inspired. The narration was slightly monotone which made the book hard to listen to. The content was repetitive, as the same facts were stated over and over.
This is the kind of book that forces one to change their perspectives on certain issues. The arguments made in the book don't all hit home. Some of them are quite weak. The majority of them are quite strong and should be heeded. I'm glad I read this book.