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PROBABLY SINCERE BUT PATERNALISTIC AND PATRONISING
on 8 April 2015
Oh my, was this a tough read. I have to admit, I have still not finished it. It is written in VERY old speak, from a very patronising angle, from what I believe was a well meaning fellow; but it is truly old fashioned in both dialogue and ways of thinking, and captured a time in history when small acts of grace towards black people were seen as giant acts of defiant philanthropy. However, considering the horrific travesties of justice at the time, a paternalistic attitude towards black people was better than the savage treatment some employers and slave masters meted out. I am sure Carter Godwin Woodson meant well, but this is not for me; the mood of dominance springs from every word and, as hard as he tried to be nice, the inequality rankled. I take partial blame for identifying with the bright people he was trying to help, whose only 'crime' was to be born with a bigger dose of melanin than the author's.