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Why This Book Matters:
We Were Eight Years in Power discusses Obama’s presidency, racism, and white supremacy in American history.
The Big Takeaways:
- Obama’s presidency allowed more opportunities for black creators, but they didn’t all tell the facts.
- If Cosby turns racism against black people onto black people, making it a problem that exists from black culture.
- Michelle Obama’s story represents an aspect of black America despite it being unexpected.
- Black people are free to act in their own way in their own communities, but code-switch when they venture into the rest of society.
- Slavery, while a huge part of American history, has always been downplayed.
- This is because the truth makes too many people uncomfortable.
- Reparations for black people sound insane to some, but it actually makes sense.
- Black people had their land stolen and were treated horribly by even the northern communities in the mid-19th century.
- Incarceration rates for African-Americans are disproportionately high because we criminalize them for being black.
- When black fathers are locked up, a lot of families lose their breadwinner and thus struggle to get by.