Saturday, August 1, 2015

LI832 -- Reflection Journal Week 10

So I'm stepping out of the format of the previous nine weeks. It's the end of the semester and I have read around 23+ books this summer. I wasn't able to keep up and this week's topic was non-fiction. I only read one of the books, Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver. The other book I started, but then had to put down. It was The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell. Both books were amazingly written, but I think I hit the metaphorical wall. In addition both dealt with horrors closer to home than the Holocaust. I'm talking about the Civil Rights Movement.

An interesting article appeared recently. The study suggested that more Americans have been killed by White Supremacists than by Muslim Extremists since 9/11. Going back to the Civil Rights Movement makes the number of people killed a truly staggering number. In some ways that may be why I just couldn't finish the Freedom Summer Murders. It was the casual discussion of the murders by the people involved. There was no remorse.

It sickened me.

I couldn't read it anymore.

I had to stop.

Moving forward

This semester was brutal, to say the least. I have never struggled this hard in a class. I learned a lot and I have a list of books and movies I want to read and watch but I am glad this semester is over. I need a break.

That's all for now. I have other homework that needs my attention.

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