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How To Be Less Stupid About Race
« on: December 24, 2018, 02:47:09 am »

Author, Crystal M. Fleming was a guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal over the weekend responding to random callers; some inquisitive, others rude.

Callers were asking questions about her latest, 'How To Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide'.

Dr. Fleming was knocking them down one by one utilizing sheer knowledge.  A performance so impressive, just had to post her work at HEF.
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Re: How To Be Less Stupid About Race
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 03:19:10 pm »
Friday, 9th August 2019
Professor wants to be rid of racist books
by Amy Dickinson

Dear Amy:

I am a retired college professor who did years of research about American slavery and slaveholders.

I own a set of very racist 19th-century books that were part of my research.

It is now time for me to reduce the size of my library, but I am afraid to sell these books because, given the mood in our country today and the rise of white supremacy, I'm afraid these books will be bought by people who will be reinforced in their racist ideologies.

I know they can get the books in other ways (if they knew about them), and I don't believe in burning books.

I have offered them to several libraries but to no avail.

I am very worried about what to do.

--- Concerned Ph.D.

Dear Concerned:

Researching possible solutions for you, I recommend trying the Jim Crow Museum, housed at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

"The Jim Crow Museum is the largest publicly accessible collection of segregation and racist artifacts in the United States. These objects are used to teach tolerance and promote social justice. The Museum is free and open to the public; therefore, the Museum is largely dependent on donations-financial and in-kind-to enhance its work."

Photos of various exhibits from the museum show a wide variety of curated bigotry -- gathered for the purpose of educating the public about the deep shame of America's racist history.

Pointedly, the museum's website notes that they are currently being somewhat flooded with donations.

I take this as a good sign, as Americans become more sensitive to the books, films, toys, products, signage, and other cultural messages that only a generation ago might have seemed acceptable (or merely embarrassing) to white Americans, but are now quite appropriately seen for what they are:

abhorrent signifiers of racism.

The museum might have ideas for how to handle your books.

Otherwise, I well understand your reluctance to burn these books.

However, if you are not able to place them in a reputable collection, and if you believe that these books are NOT unique and represent historical racist ideas readily available elsewhere to scholars, then I think you should consider destroying them in a symbolic fashion.

Perhaps you could shred them and add the shredded material as mulch for a garden.

Let something beautiful or nutritious grow from these ugly ideas.

Mark the occasion by donating to a cause furthering racial understanding.

Perhaps the Jim Crow Museum could use funding to add staff to handle their growing collection.

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