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I say everyone should read this book and read it with an open mind and an open heart. Not everyone will experience the same reactions. That’s okay. That’s what makes literature great and people different. Some will benefit from this book by gaining better understanding and others will benefit by having someone to relate to.
I personally was most moved by Danielle Allen’s eloquently written pieces, “Do You See Me? Because I See You” and “For Who?” In “For Who?” she breaches the campaign rhetoric and gets to the heart of the matter, exposing the racism, sexism, elitism, xenophobia, and homophobia in one campaign slogan. Every time in 2016 that I passed a campaign sign with that catchphrase and in 2017 every time I've heard it echoed in the context of it being a positive thing, I've shuddered. Shuddered, because I too saw the underlying context. I wish more had thought about those words as Danielle Allen did in her contributions. Maybe now they will after reading this publication.
Other noteworthy pieces include Ella Dominquez’s “Legacy” where she poses the question of what will the US leave behind. “Will it be a legacy of love and acceptance, or of fear and intolerance?” Now there's a question every citizen should be considering. “I thought I lived in a world that was becoming better; in a world that was learning, albeit slowly, to accept everyone and all of their differences. Where has all of that change gone? Yet, I know there is hope,” she laments. I've had that very same reaction, and it's comforting to know I'm not alone.
Robin Lee's reaction to November 8, 2016 was also the same as mine. In “The Decimation of Democracy” and “Clueless” she paints a disturbing but very true portrait of the new POTUS.
Harper Miller ponders the hypocrisy parents must face when espousing one message to their children but voting for a completely different message in her piece, "The Day Reality Set In.”
And in the final piece, Zoe York closes with an important reminder in “My Immigrant Blood” — “We are all refuges waiting to happen.”
There are many more contributions. I've merely touched on the few that spoke the most to me. But other writings may resonate with other readers; hence why I recommend this anthology.
Mostly what we need - those of us who read and appreciate this book - is endurance - to wade through what seems to be an endless barrage of outrage, cruelty, apathy, cynicism, hate, greed, hubris, arrogance, ignorance, mockery, carelessness, and violence. For those seeking that endurance, that hope that things will get better, that reason for adding a small voice to the collective shout for a better future, this book will provide a needed boost. Read it and carry it with you in your mind as you do things, small and large, to fight against the odds for better, more loving times ahead. It will make you a little less tired.
A collection of varying pieces, from essays to poems to free form works, The Resistance utilizes personal experience to detail feelings of hope, of fear, of worry. There are pieces that may mean more to some people than to others, but the collection as a whole showed a solidarity among these authors to lend their voices to a collection that, I feel, needs to be shared.
For Who? by Danielle Allen was the piece that stood out the most to me as the one that summed up the collection best, the one that needs to be shared the most. It spoke about how the current administration (45) preaches about "make America great again", but asks the important question: for who? The Natives who've been murdered, whose descendants were/are forced off their land? Those of African descent who were seen as 3/5 of a person? For women, told that sexual assault is their fault, paid less because of their gender regardless of their abilities? For Who? is best summed up by this excerpt:
"Instead of the current administration holding on to the reigns of discrimination and oppression to “make America great again” for only one very specific group (wealthy, heterosexual, Christian, white men), all of us, regardless of race, class , gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc., need to step up so we can make America great (for all of us) for the first time."
The poem that felt the most personal to my person was Do You See Me? Because I See You by Danielle Allen. It spoke to the hypocrisy of people that proclaim to support their friends and family of targeted genders/sexualities/etc., but at the same time shout out their support for the oppositional administration.
"When you say that we’re friends and that you love me Do you not think of that when you blindly agree With the hateful words and derogatory tone Of an administration whose intentions were known?"
I have family and friends that I simply cannot understand that would benefit from reading this collection, especially Danielle Allen's poem. A position such as this is not only hypocritical, but it's dangerous because it makes them blind to not only what happens to their friends & family, but to the millions of other citizens in this country.
I was saddened when I read Your Son by Amalie Silver and it was almost more personal than Do You See Me? because while that poem spoke to me, this essay spoke to my experience with my son. He's a special needs child and I recognized him in this story. He was born as a child that I loved, but that others recognized needed help. Because of them, he's been learning things I could never have taught him on my own because I'm too close to him. This essay understood that, but it also made me realize how very real the fear is that the programs that help him could and very well may disappear with the current Secretary of Education. A woman who doesn't believe that children like my son deserves help, that money is more important than helping him and children like him. How horrifying, that reality.
As a whole, this collection had an 85-90% rate of success with the content. There were some pieces that I thought either didn't fit or were not edited as well as I would have liked, regardless of content. Regardless of the minimal disappointments, this collection was important. While the pieces did lean toward a certain liberal mindedness, there were many authors that reminded us that we should be there for each other. We have to protect one another and work toward a safe environment despite what the current administration is trying to do to us, to our friends and families. Remember, that for all our differences, we still have in common our humanity.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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