3 out of 4 stars
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Diversity: A Reality for America, Racism Still Its Nightmare by Dr. Charles N. Smith is a book about how institutionalized racism has put African Americans at a disadvantage in this country for hundreds of years. The author discusses problems from the way entertainers are portrayed in the media to police brutality in his novel. He also provides solutions on how society could change to start to truly address and remedy these problems for the first time.
The part of this book that hit me the hardest as when Dr. Smith began to discuss how African American students are struggling in college. Even as an African American college student, I did not experience everything that he discussed in this book. Going to a diverse city college is definitely different than attending a larger suburban private or even state college. Even something as simple as joining a fraternity can be dangerous for African American students, as the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Oklahoma sang a song that “referenced lynching, indicating that black students would never be allowed to enter their fraternity” in 2015. All of the incidents he referenced made me wonder how my high school classmates, African American and Middle Eastern alike, are doing at the suburban colleges that they chose to attend. The author also provides many solutions to fixing the college issues, which are things that I would even like to tell the faculty at my school to make it easier for African American and poor students to stay the full 4 years and graduate.
I didn’t enjoy the long lists of solutions at the end of each chapter. I understand that Dr. Smith wanted to give his suggestions on how to fix the issues he discussed, but I feel that the suggestions could have been more smoothly weaved into the rest of the novel in a more natural fashion. Including long lists of facts at the end broke my focus as I was reading. If the book had been told in a more “here’s the problem, here’s the solution” way, the overall read would have been more smooth.
I did not notice any technical issues as I read the Kindle version of the book. The long lists of bullet points at the end of each chapter were a bit difficult to get through on an e-reader, as they looked like long walls of text. I would recommend that you purchase the physical copy of this book if you would like to read it, as these walls of text would most likely have more spacing there. There were a few spelling errors, mostly with the author spelling “America” as “American,” but they did not damage my overall reading experience.
I rated this book 3 out of 4 stars. It had a lot of hard-hitting content, but I still had to take off a star for the long lists and the occasional spelling error. I would also recommend purchasing the physical version rather than the Kindle version. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking to learn more about the struggles of African Americans. I would also recommend this to anyone who is a college professor or high school teacher trying to learn about what their students go through.
Diversity: A Reality for America, Racism Still Its Nightmare
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