It may be simplistic to say that reading the books listed above or any book will help to solve our issues. However, I believe that by at least beginning to understand another’s perspective, the doors to communication, understanding, and diversity may truly start to open.
Sometimes, it takes a an extraordinary event to force change.
Last week’s murder of nine African-Americans in Charleston proved once more that even with the great strides we have made toward transparent and real racial equality, we have a long way to go.
Since the news of the murders, many have called for South Carolina to change the state flag.
Many in the region might say that history and tradition are the reason that the Confederate flag remains the state flag despite the history that the flag represents.
But there are others that see the flag as representative of an era when African-Americans were forced into slavery and prevented from receiving their full rights as human beings and citizens.
We cannot go back to the past and change what has already happened. But we can move forward and learn from the past. That includes changes the images that represent the past that we do not want to repeat.