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crhealey
Come Juneteenth | Ann Rinaldi
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This book is strange & made me very angry. It tries to grapple w/ the choice many white Texans made to not tell their slaves that they had been freed until 1865 (Juneteenth). In creating drama, Rinaldi centers the story on the premise “if only we told the slaves they were free” instead of “if only we didn‘t ascribe to this racist institution” and seemingly unintentionally absolves its white characters of any agency w/ in the story. #soproblematic

crhealey Not sure the character limit or my mental energy can truly capture how much of the Lost Cause ideology and glorification of Southern tradition is present in the book. Even the end, which attempts to demonstrate growth for the characters is inherently racist and problematic as well. 3mo
crhealey And I like Ann Rinaldi‘s other works! I don‘t remember them all being this problematic! #rantover 3mo
Chrissyreadit I think sometimes I need to know these books exist as proof that the crazy rascist way of thinking is alive, well and in many places still being taught. I have had people try to tell me it doesn‘t exist. One of the reasons I stopped Facebook. 3mo
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