A circus is supposed to be entertaining. The political arena, especially when it comes to Presidential elections is not entertaining.
Earlier this year, writer Matt Taibbi published Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus. Following the 2016 Presidential election from the moment that the candidates announced that they were running up until the moment that the election was called in favor or Donald Trump, Mr. Taibbi is writing on the moment, real-time essays about the mess, the chaos and yes, the circus like atmosphere that was the 2016 election.
While this book is sarcastic and funny, it is also quite scary. It is scary because it shows how far we, as a country, are from the political and social ideals that are cornerstone of our democracy.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
From the eyes of an optimist living a post-Obama world in 2017, racism is a thing of the past. We view our fellow citizens, as fellow human beings and individuals, not by the color of their skin or where their families originated from. A realist will say otherwise, racism is still alive and well in America.
On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was killed by several New York Police Detectives during an arrest.
Earlier this year, journalist Matt Taibbi published I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street, a detailed expose of the circumstances that led to Garner’s death, the trial that resulted from the murder and the pervasive racism that is still part and parcel of American society.
While this book is difficult to read at points, it is I believe a necessary read. It is difficult because of the subject matter, the book forces the reader to examine and challenge their own prejudices while reading about a man who has unfortunately become another representative of the injustice that still exists in America.
I absolutely recommend it.