Wednesday, July 10, 2013

On my Bookshelf


So I just finished reading The Blood Lie by Shirley Vemick.  This is one of the books that makes me wish I taught 6th grade literature because it would definitely be one that I made my students read.  This book is based on true events that occurred in Massena, New York in 1928.  A really good, easy read but one that sparks a lot of thought and that delves into the themes of prejudice and hatred of people who are different.

It never ceases to amaze me how humans can treat each other.  Slavery in the US, the Holocaust, ethnic cleanings in Europe and Africa...it amazes me how humans can see another human as being less than human. My gosh, does anything anger God more??  I watch movies and read books on racism in the south and even that blows my mind, more less genocide.  And really, has there been a people group in the entire planet more persecuted and mistreated throughout the ages than the Jews?  Ugh, our human ability to hate really astounds  me.

Anyways, this was a good story, and goodness, I had never heard about the true events it was based on (a by product of my own Southern 'education' maybe?)  Events like the one told about in this book are ones our children need to know; we need to teach them to learn from our mistakes--isn't that the whole point of learning history?

Read this; you need to.

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