Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Between Black and White: From Evanston to Englewood to Everywhere by Dr. Tony Bethel Review
In 2042, the United States is projected to be no longer a predominantly white nation. What we must do in the interim is to have a dialogue with one another and learn to live with one another, somewhere between black and white.
If we do not learn to live in peace, we only have to look at the past of the Balkans, Rwanda, Sudan, etc., as well as present-day Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, etc.
Between Black and White is my personal journey and attempt to reconcile my past with the present. Ever hopeful for the future. Not just for myself, but my grandchild. “Give peace a chance” The choice is ours. Rip Trayvon Martin Oscar Grant Michael Brown Eric Garner
About the Author
Tony attended Noyes Elementary School in Evanston, Illinois, from kindergarten to second grade (1967–69). He then moved to the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, where he attended St. Brendan's Catholic School and, upon graduation, attended Quigley Prep Seminary South. After graduation, Tony attended the University of Illinois Champaign–Urbana.
In 1983, he graduated with a BS in psychology. The dynamic between black and white in this country, as well as the six inhabited continents he has visited, has always fascinated him. He thought of the things we say (or don't say) to one another, as well as the interactions in families of “mixed” heritage. Months after graduating from the U of I, Tony joined the US Navy, serving as a submariner and, later on, officer onboard a destroyer during the US involvement in the first Persian Gulf War. After nine and a half years in the navy, he became a nationally certified licensed nutritional counselor, a caregiver for the developmentally disabled, and a doctor of naprapathic medicine (Naprapath).
His focus now is on manual therapy and care of the developmentally disabled. In addition to this book, he has written three books of poetry-one with his son Brian, Father and Son: a Connection through Poetry. Tony definitely believes that words and dialogue are a more efficient vehicle for change than bullets and weapons. He remains hopeful for the sake of his grandson and future generations.
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I received a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's Review- While this is not something I would usually pick up it is very interesting. A great story that is not going to put you to sleep. The author shares a great many details and adds a excellent story in a way that brings it to life.