"Liberate Hong Kong: Stories from the Freedom Struggle" by Kong Tsung-gan
Just finished White Fragility. I wanted to see what all the hype is about, but it's among the worst books I've ever read.
The whole premise of the book is that if you are White, you are racist, if you say you aren't racist, you are extra racist. If you are a "white progressive" who thinks you've overcome your racism, you are actually the most racist and causing the most damage to persons if color. Differences in outcome for different people are because of racism and not individual difference and if you believe in individualism you are racist. The only person who isn't racist is the author DiAngelo and you need her help to overcome your racism. If you don't like DiAngelo's lectures and think she is full of shit you are showing your white fragility.
The book has such gems as claiming that Obama becoming president isn't proof that the system isn't racist, because when he was in power he adapted to the racist system and perpetuated the status quo. Also white women shouldn't cry with persons of color being around, because that will remind them of the times in the past when white women cried and wrongly accused them of rape and assault. If you are black and think you aren't affected by racism that's only because you have succumbed to the racist system. Overall the book takes a lot of agency away from people of color.
The book also says we are all too stupid to understand racism, but we can't ask our black friends about racism to better understand it. That is racist, because we should have sought that information beforehand.
The biggest problem is that she treats her ideas as fact and not as ambiguous concepts, and presents every disagreement as white fragility.
Overall 0 out of 5 stars.
Last edited by mrgoodkat; 30-06-2020 at 07:17 PM.
A while ago, in my "to be read next" was The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood but it was such a huge disappointment ( it's boring and none of the characters appealed to my taste) that I decided to stop reading dystopian novels - well, at least not now ( exception - Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell, A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley).
Now, I don't know what I will read next.
If you are only interested in dystopian:
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown
Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard
The Extinction Files by A.G. Riddle
Though they are mostly Science Fiction/Fantasy/Dystopian
The Only Good Indians
by Stephen Graham Jones
A tale of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.
Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.
Bad Blood by John Carreyou
Non-fiction, about the life of Elizabeth Holmes and the downfall of Theranos (the multibillion-dollar biotech) startup