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Can it ever get better? This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide - in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider - is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white?

An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, Watson has taken the Internet by storm with his remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day. Now, in Under Our Skin, Watson draws from his own life, his family legacy, and his role as a father to sensitively and honestly examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing.

©2015 Benjamin Watson (P)2015 Tantor

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What's Under Our Skin?

Watson shines a light on the true problem with racism. "Its not a skin problem, its a sin problem." This is powerful, thought provoking book looking at the issues of race in America. Thanks Ben, this book has not only helped me talk about race with kids and adults, more importantly it has allow me to get with God and deal with the racists views in my own heart.
Rev. Felton L. Woodson, MEd, MDiv

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Not what I expected

Before I say anything about the actual content, let me mention the writing; it's not good. It's not terrible, either, but definitely not good. The people he talks about all feel shallow and one-dimensional, and I have a hard time caring about any of them. He also tends to ramble. For example, in the middle of a story about a drive into the hospital, he launches into a side-story about how he and his wife met and got married, a story that contributes absolutely zilch to the original story about the ride to the hospital. He stayed on this bunny-trail for so long that I actually forgot he had been telling the first story at all. Now for the content itself... If, like me, you expect this book to show the same thoughtful, analytical tone that his Facebook posts carried, prepare yourself for disappointment. I fully expected to enjoy this book, and, to be fair, the author really does say a lot of good things. But he says a lot of other things that ruin the good things. Some of them are downright ridiculous. For example, he alleges that, at 3 A.M., you'll be pulled over simply for being black. I have a challenge for you, Mr. Watson. You drive down the road at 3 A.M. and attempt to tell the race of the driver in front of you. In fact, while not impossible, go ahead and see how easy it is in broad daylight. Have fun. The author also tends to be a bit duplicitous. While calling for us to stop painting groups of people with broad brush strokes, he also very strongly suggests (a number of times) that all police are racist. He recounts instances of his fear of police (nothing bad happened in any of these cases, by the way), and uses that fear as a basis to say police are racist and make assumptions about black people. But... doesn't that sound an awful lot like he's making assumptions about the police? He also calls for open dialog about race issues, yet repeatedly pulls the "white people think, but black people know" card throughout the book, suggesting over and over that white people's thoughts and opinions on race really aren't worth anything. In the end, this ends up feeling like just another rant on "what I'm fed up with in America" instead of a thoughtful story, like what I was expecting based on his Facebook posts. And that's a shame, because buried amidst all that are some really good thoughts.

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EYE OPENING!!! 👀

Thank you Benjamin Watson!! This book has opened my eyes and heart to see within myself the prejudices I have carried or felt that I didn't realize were there. Thank you for having the courage to write this book. #GODisGood

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Excellent and Thought Provoking!

I am very glad that my son-in-law recommended this book to me. It ia a great starting point for dialogue about the serious racial issues that plague our world.

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very honest look at the racial divide

Loved the courage and honesty. Helped me to recognize some things I need to change about myself. Well done.

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Incredibly Insightful For A White Woman From The Suburbs

This book was so insightful to me as a white woman who knows nothing about the perspective of being black in this country. I feel naive to the inclusiveness I felt we all had, and ignorant to the issues black Americans have to deal with. Though it was sometimes hard for me to hear, I am thankful to Benjamin for having the courage to write it and teaching us that Jesus Christ is the only real way we are going to experience true change within ourselves. I wish ALL my friends and family, black and white, would read this book.

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good book for both races.

loved it
great narration
A lot a person of color could learn from this man and even more for my fellow white people to learn.

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A Must Read

This should be a "must read" for elected officials, law enforcement, clergy, etc. Its not blaming certain groups for the divide but gives us insight on how to approach and solve issues. This book encourages us to perform self-assessments not just by race but as humans beings.

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Eye Opening

I recommend this book to absolutely everyone. Benjamin Watson carefully and eloquently articulates the problem of race in America and offers solutions and ideas about how to solve it. "Under Our Skin" challenged what I knew (or thought I knew) about the racial divide, and inspires me to take a different approach now that I have a new perspective. I pray that others will be challenged and inspired as well.

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GREAT BOOK!!!!

So on point I feel the same, our issues in the U S is a sin problem. We do fail for lack of knowledge!!! Thanks Ben, Blessings and Mad Props!!! Def read this FIRE!!!!