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The Third Reconstruction Peniel E. Joseph

This book provides a clear and assertive account of American history and culture,emphasizing the critical nature of the ongoing struggle for racial equality. The author draws a sharp contrast between the Reconstructionist and Redemptionist movements, while unequivocally advocating for the adoption of intersectional justice as a powerful tool for combating ingrained racial biases and it’sall forms.

My takeaways:Building a just society needs the union of all its societal members to organize and forge for the common decency, dignity, and goodness of diverse society like the USAis-founded, developed to where it is, and continued to be

shaped by none, but its diverse people…embracing open, yet progressive mindset to offset the temptations to slide back into the primitive era of gross violation of human rights…Enriching American history and culture means walking away from the American stain, the American original sin, such as systemic racial systems that harbor discrimination and its traits-cruelty, exploitation, and abuse of minority members of the society by disregarding the civility, the humility, and the humanity, hence a violation of human rights… If America is quick to point fingers to the violation of human rights far away from its boarders, it must ensure that there should not be a violation of human rights within her borders. If America at its best is a beacon for the world, it must lead not by example of her power, but the power of her example…

Even as an outsider to US history, reading this book gave me an understanding of American history and its struggle for freedoms, human dignity, and the continuation of the division that stains the Union 247 years after its Declaration of Independence 1776… To hear is to make you think, to see let you witness, and to experience lead you to believe…

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