We are not yet equal : understanding our racial divide
|Format:||Print Book 2018|
|Availability:||Available at 20 Libraries 20 of 24 copies|
This young adult adaptation of the New York Times bestselling White Rage is essential antiracist reading for teens.
An NAACP Image Award finalist
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A NYPL Best Book for Teens
History texts often teach that the United States has made a straight line of progress toward Black equality. The reality is more complex: milestones like the end of slavery, school integration, and equal voting rights have all been met with racist legal and political maneuverings meant to limit that progress. We Are Not Yet Equal examines five of these moments: The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with Jim Crow laws; the promise of new opportunities in the North during theGreat Migration was limited when blacks were physically blocked from moving away from the South; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 led to laws that disenfranchised millions of African American voters and a War on Drugs that disproportionally targeted blacks; and the election of President Obama led to an outburst of violence including the death of Black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri as well as the election of Donald Trump.
Including photographs and archival imagery and extra context, backmatter, and resources specifically for teens, this book provides essential history to help work for an equal future.
"But for your race"
Forty acres and a mule
"We showed our hand too soon"
"Johnson is with us!"
Derailing the great migration
The sweet ordeal
Building toward Brown
Beating down Brown
The NAACP and Sputnik
Rolling back civil rights
"Like your whole world depended on it"
In the crosshairs : the VRA
Beating down Brown (again!)
The Reagan revolution
"Streets cleared of garbage"
Shelby County v. Holder : gutting the VRA
"Why would they try to make people hate us?"