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Culture Corner—Under the Thumb & Who We Are

Feb 14, 2022

Book: Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression, 2021

Under the Thumb, edited by S.A. Cosby, crime writer of Southern noir, author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears.

This is an anthology of short stories, each by a different author. Each selection tells a story of people trapped in the American justice system. Though fiction, the stories read like real life, each showing in a different way the weight, unfairness and brutality of the system, and how there is no individual solution to the problems we face.

Film: Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, 2021.

Showing in movie theaters now, this excellent documentary weaves together an engaging presentation by Jeffery Robinson, former ACLU deputy legal director, with interviews, videos of visits to relevant sites, and the presenter’s own personal narrative in his journey to understand what is racism and how does it impact every aspect of our history. Though many of us know much of this history, his presentation is powerful and challenging. He clearly poses how the history haunts us and drags us down and asks, where do we go from here?