“When Affirmative Action Was White” by Ira Katznelson tells the story of how the progressive programs of the 1930s and 1940s solidified and expanded the American middle class. The implementation of these programs were designed to especially benefit White citizens while excluding Black citizens whenever possible. Coupled with other economic injustices of the past, this unfair distribution of resources and opportunities contributed to the wealth gap that persists to this day. Yet, because the underlying political shenanigans are often unmentioned, it has allowed people in the present to oppose more recent affirmative action programs intended to rectify the situation.
A discussion of “Claudine”, a 1974 film starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones as Claudine and Rupert (aka Roop), two people living imperfect lives who meet and begin dating.
If you’re interested in learning about the woman who was of the early and most consistent voices in the call for reparations for Black Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, then my Audley “Queen Mother” Moore Black History Short is for you.
“King in the Wilderness” is a 2018 documentary that covers the last years of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The film begins in 1965 around the time of that year’s Voting Rights Act and ends with King’s assassination in 1968. Spanning just 18 months of an incredible life, we get great insight into the expansion of King’s campaigns which placed greater focus on economic issues. There’s also an in-depth discussion of the pressures and criticisms that he faced during this less celebrated period that was no less important than his earlier work.
“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” is a memoir by NFL defensive end Michael Bennett. As expected, Bennett discusses his early life along with the pros and cons of playing collegiate and professional football. But less expected is Bennett’s frank discussion of topics related to race, violence against women, sexism, mental health, identity, and male vulnerability.