How I Shed My Skin

How I Shed My Skin

Unlearning Racist Lessons of A Southern Childhood

eBook - 2015
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"In August of 1966, Jim Grimsley entered the sixth grade in the same public school he had attended for the five previous years in his small eastern North Carolina hometown. But he knew that the first day of this school year was going to be different: for the first time he'd be in a classroom with black children. That was the year federally mandated integration of the schools went into effect, at first allowing students to change schools through 'freedom of choice,' replaced two years later by forced integration. For Jim, going to one of the private schools that almost immediately sprang up was not an option: his family was too poor to consider paying tuition, and while they shared the community's dismay over the mixing of the races, they had bigger, more immediate problems to contend with. Now, over forty years later, Grimsley, a critically acclaimed novelist, revisits that school and those times, remembering his personal reaction to his first real exposure to black children and to their culture, and his growing awareness of his own mostly unrecognized racist attitudes. Good White People is both true and deeply moving, an important work that takes readers inside those classrooms and onto the playing fields as, ever so tentatively, alliances were forged and friendships established"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Algonquin Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616204938
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library


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Aug 05, 2015

This book, through the eyes of a young man of the times, paints a picture of how the students, not the courts, had to do the work of integrating races in the late '60s. Though slow moving at times, and plagued by the author reminding us over and over of his lacking memory, I found it very interesting and eyeopening. His unique perspective often slaps you in the face. Definitely worth reading.


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