- File Size: 9656 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1586422480
- Publisher: Truth to Power (February 4, 2020)
- Publication Date: February 4, 2020
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07RM8G2CZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Prejudential "belongs on the shelf next to the works of Howard Zinn and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. It should be required reading in every school." — CounterPunch
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Margaret Kimberley states that 'history' conveniently overlooks the realities behind the myths in our society. In George Bernard Shaw's play, The Devil's Disciple, the closing line spoken by British General Burgoyne: 'History will lie of course'. The two prior sentiments are interchangeable in sentiment if not in cause.
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I approached the book believing I already knew quite a lot about the subject yet I found it fascinating and disquieting as much I didn't know was revealed.
As I began to read I was wondering how far along, how many presidents would I read about, before reaching at least one who, to paraphrase the title of a book by JFK, was a profile of courage. Spoiler alert, there were none. I won't elaborate on that now. But I will say that the great leader myth of farsighted presidents with a strong moral compass is just a subset of the great oft-told lie of American exceptionalism. "The one indispensible country."
For black people it has been, arguably, the longest string of unbroken promises the world has ever known. Every atrocity the USA has ever accused another country of committing has been visited upon African-Americans. Rape, plunder, murder, lack of rights and incarceration have been their reward for their part in building the country.
Prejudential covers its promised ground but delivers much more. Author Kimberly is a sophisticated and accomplished writer. She doesn't believe (as most Americans seem to) the each president sets and follows his own unique agenda. She knows which way the wind blows politically. She is also aware of the economic might behind and directing politics. But presidents are the face of the political agenda and as such are the first point of reference for most people. What they say and do matters as it reflects the true intentions of the state as who it represents. So for instance you may point out that Thomas Jefferson, that great small d democrat, had public misgivings about slavery, but he owned slaves--other human beings to be clear--and he never divested himself of his slave holdings. And he had non-consensual sex with them. Otherwise known simply as rape. And his own writings on this and other matters shows he knew better so the argument that he was simply a "man of his times" rings exceeding false.
However Kimberly doesn't spend time castigating presidents or wringing her hands, the facts speak eloquently enough.
This is a book that should be read by white people especially because black people already know that white leaders will sell them out faster than you can say Jim Crow.
Finally Kimberly has written a rather short book considering that you could literally fill a library on this subject matter but then a huge book or a number of volumes would only reach a large audience through brief quotations from it. As it stands it's a few hours of your time for an engrossing and illuminating read.