1619: “Fear,” by Leslie Alexander and Michelle Alexander
Also: Thank you for a very thoughtful discussion yesterday
Hi Book Clubbers! Thank you for our thoughtful discussion yesterday. Special appreciation goes to facilitators Camille, Kira, Trevor, and Wes. I’d love to hear about your experience. Feel free to fill out this quick survey, email me directly, or leave a comment below.
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Now it’s time to dive into Module 3. Here’s our schedule.
This week, let’s read “Fear,” by Leslie Alexander and Michelle Alexander. The essay explores white fear of Black resistance to white supremacy. Beginning with the protests of the murder of George Floyd, then moving back in time to the Stono Rebellion, the Haitian Revolution, and Nat Turner’s Rebellion, Prof. Alexander and Ms. Alexander (they’re sisters) explain how systems of the state – the police, laws, surveilllance, and mass incarceration – served to protect against disruption of the racial order.
Read “Fear,” by Leslie Alexander and Michelle Alexander.
Recommended: What’s one connection you noticed between an idea in “Fear” and an idea in another essay? Please share your contribution in the comments. And say hi to your fellow group members, too, while you’re at it!
Also, please feel free to reach out. All you need to do is hit reply. Let’s build momentum and make this book club a deep and transformative one. Thank you and have a great week!