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Completely un put downable, this book charts the impact of being accused and imprisoned for rape on a young black man and his fiancée and their families. The book is as old as I am and what’s horrifying is that reading the news it seems like little has changed for black Americans and the legal system.
I wanted to read this book ahead of the release of the film of the same name. I took some time to get used to the language used but found the story very moving and felt I got to know the characters really well. However, I will be interested to see how the film deals with the very open ending to the story.
This book reminds us of the struggle black people face, how one moment can change so many lives. It details the injustice poor people experience and systematic racism in the judiciary system. How apparent prejudice was and still is, and what the consequences are, when this is not challenged.
I thought I had read this Baldwin novel in my teens but I hadn't. What a shame I am only coming to it now. I feel like everyone should read this. And talk about it. So many years have passed since it was written and no real changes. We must do better. I am sorry.