30 Days of Books Challenge: Day 20 – A book you would recommend to an ignorant/racist/closed minded person

Read: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Stars: Five

Drinking: Peach White Tea, Honest tea

Harper Lee’s classic novel of racism in the Jim Crow South is required reading at most American high schools. I would recommend it to a racist or close minded person anyway because it is a good primer to the realities of race relations before – and even after- the Civil Rights movement.  The book does a great job of subtly getting the reader on the side of Tom Robinson by exposing the inconsistencies in his treatment.  A reader, even a racist one, gets so absorbed in the story they forget that they are against a person of a different color.  Or at least that’s what I would hope.

To be honest,  people tend to ignore anything that attempts to change their worldview.  A racist person reading To Kill a Mockingbird may well put down the book in exasperation at the sympathy with which the Black characters are portrayed.  Or he or she may feel that Tom gets what he deserves.  However, this is an engaging book from the perspective of a child, which makes the tough themes easier to understand and swallow.

What books do you recommend to close minded or racist people?


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Author: Lisa Fry

Freelance Writer & Editor. Book lover. Feminist. International development professional

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