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Autobiography by Anne Moody, published in 1968, telling the story of the author's upbringing in rural Mississippi as a black girl living in poverty. Moody was born in 1940, and the story starts with her earliest memories in the 1940s, and ends in 1964, right after the Freedom Summer.

I found this book because I was reflecting on something: in the United States, minorities, especially African-American, are often seen as being an "urban" population, and I have read few stories about African-Americans that describe rural existence.

This book is a very unsentimental and sometimes unpleasant book about what it is like to be a black girl growing up in an area that was, even by the standards of Mississippi in the middle of the last century, a poor and rural area. It does not attempt to shock or titillate, and among her many miseries, Anne also fits in some good childhood memories: winning a talent show or a good family dinner. Anne's discomfort not only comes as she…

When it comes to the idea of White Fragility, I believe that it arises in people who fear that discussing racism will lead to personal accusations. For those who have been taught that racism is about prejudice, the conversation thus becomes one of one party attempting to escape Judgment, and the other party winds up having to rhetorically close off escape routes, instead of both parties discussing what is happening and what needs to be done.


The following story involves amphetamines, guns, white supremacists living in the hood, and chocolate cake.

One of the moms at my kid's birthday party was a property sleuth, the person developers like to hire in case that Craigslist deal turns out to be a superfund site, and as we swapped stories about The Worst Section 8 Houses Ever she mentioned an address I recognized. Well, not so much an address as a field filled with cars on blocks.

Ten years ago we'd found three people…

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