Skin color is somehow a prevalent social issue in the United States and across the globe. The history of slavery in America played a significant role in this issue, and that is how King Bell tackles it in his book “American’t”. It is inevitable for someone like King Bell to talk about his color pigments and the story it entails. The Corporate Plantation on Bell’s book can get you on an emotional ride.
What the book gives us primarily is the idea of being a person whose life is dictated because of the color of his skin. Somehow, the view in which the color of the skin as an identity gives us a hint that a book on this topic really can navigate us to a different façade of human life. A book that’s willing to dive into the depths of human biases and beliefs.
Mr. Bell has been being sensitive to the brutality on people of color that has continued to spread among ordinary people and through the police force. African-American men die every day due to police brutality rather than from attacks by ordinary white people. Last May 2020, George Floyd’s case was a good example.
Because, in the popular mind, “race” is linked to physical differences among people, and such features as dark skin color have been seen as markers of low status. Some experts believe that racism may be difficult to eradicate. Indeed, minds cannot be changed by laws, but beliefs about human differences can and do change, as do all cultural elements.
There’s a whole tradition of this way of writing passionately about racial discrimination and humanity.
One we can associate with is James Baldwin. He was an American essayist, novelist, and playwright who played a significant role in advancing the human mind into awareness of this kind of societal issue. Some of Baldwin’s best work includes “”The Fire Next Time,” “The Devil Finds Work”, “Nobody Knows my Name,” and “Remember this House,” – which is an unfinished manuscript that forms the basis of the documentary film I Am Not Your Negro.
As a victim of racism, Baldwin became an active participant in the civil rights struggle. The assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. pushed the author into using a more strident tone in his later work called “No Name in the Street”. An advocate for equity and acceptance, Baldwin died in December 1987.
One of Baldwin’s memorable lines is as follows: “Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure, does not testify to your inferiority but their inhumanity.”
This legacy that Baldwin is associated with unearths a legacy of freedom, equality, love, and the concept of race. And that is what King Bell wants to continue this legacy. His book shows us all what this legacy has come to be about. This book gives another voice to add to the plethora of voices who speak the exact words. This book will lead you somewhere that has never been discovered through the lens of King Bell. A familiar yet undiscovered story that brings forth the voice of a resilient author.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the book and grab a copy for a story worth sharing.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela.