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Triad, NC, United States, 2008/03/21 - ...higher institutions of learning must be more engaging and inclusive on the subject of racism. “We now have a tool by which racism can be presented more equally as a humanitarian issue and not inadvertently just as a black issue”.
According to Adam L. Perkins, author of Looking over Black Shoulders, until white Americans can experience the brutality of racism, it [racism] will never make sense to them. “Racism is clearly seen as a benefit to white Americans,” said Perkins. “I’ve battled for years to come up with a solution that could help them understand that they are also on the food chain of bigotry.” The solution came in a way no one expected.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama said recently that America must deal with its race problems. Perkins now presents a never before seen alternative history novel depicting whites experiencing racism at the hands of blacks.
From 1865 to 1968, history as we know it in America is turned upside down. “Whites now have the opportunity to experience racism in the privacy of their own homes and actually feel it’s devastating effects,” said Perkins. Complete with pictures, the novel illustrates whites experiencing racism at the polls, public facilities, housing, and more.
Over 400 years has passed since the first African was sold into slavery and just over 100 years since slavery was abolished. Discussions of race continue to fill hallways, homes, and churches across America. The issue remains deadlocked.
When asked how whites have received the new novel, Perkins stated that white Americans by in large are accepting. “The reviews from whites have been positive and are a good indication that this is what the country needs. It is bitter sweet, but necessary.”
Perkins believes that higher institutions of learning must be more engaging and inclusive on the subject of racism. “We now have a tool by which racism can be presented more equally as a humanitarian issue and not inadvertently just as a black issue.”
Many African Americans according to Perkins have asked the question, “How would they [white Americans] like it if it happened to them?” Perkins adds this is not to be revengeful. “The reason many blacks want to see this reversal is actually therapeutic in nature and also because blacks refuse to accept the idea they are less than whites.”
Perkins continues to lecture on this new perspective and concept. “Bringing people together across racial lines is possible but only if they are ready to change. When we all find racism offensive, then we will make progress in minimizing its societal effects.”
About The Author
Perkins has a BA Degree in Psychology. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. military. He currently serves as CEO of Taplets, Inc which promotes multicultural literary works and technology development. Contact us for more information, or to request an interview.