Mountain View Friends Meeting has a Racism and White Privilege group that meets monthly, and discusses a wide range of topics from micro aggressions to nurturing our children. Last month the group met to discuss book titles that might help us explore racism and white privilege. This month we gathered together to decide on which book would best meet our needs, and was most suitable for inter-generational discussion. Some participants chose to write responses to the books they had read, and the group used these responses along with comments made during the meeting to choose our book. Mountain View Friends Meeting's One Book One Meeting:Racism and White Privilege title is My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow.
I found the character development of a number of characters in the novel to be simple, honest and forthright. It provided a very personal perspective on the myopic views of race in that place and time. Yet it also portrayed in a very realistic way how, through one tragedy or another, inner transformation can happen through which tightly held convictions to white supremacy can loosen and begin shift even among the most staunch. ~ Eric
I read The Lions of Little Rock also, and really enjoyed it. It gives you a really good feel for the tensions in Little Rock and some of it could lead to questions about what remains these days... ~Penny