It is the title of a new book that offers readings on race, racism and racial violence. Professors Chad Williams, Kidada Williams, and Keisha N. Blain, its authors, offer this collection of writings in hopes of strengthening our conversations about race after the Charleston massacre on June 17, 2015. On this terrible day, twenty- one year old white supremacist Dylann Roof entered Emaneul AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and murdered nine of its members, including of its pastor. What began as a hash tag on Twitter with thousands of responses has become a publication.
I must confess that I wish that the course were not an offering. I am still lamenting the loss of those church members and am in no way prepared to learn lessons from their bowed and bloodied heads. It is just too soon for me. So, if you are able to turn the pages of this book, I will give you extra credit.