Michael Brown’s 2014 shooting in Ferguson, Mo., and the subsequent protests drew St. Louis to the forefront of our racial conversation. St. Louis,
Jabari Asim is an Associate Professor of Writing at Emerson College, Executive Editor of The Crisis, the NAACP’s magazine, and the author of twelve books, including The N Word: Who Can Say it, Who Shouldn’t and Why; What Obama Means; and A Taste of Honey.
Mockingbird, like Uncle Tom before it, often strikes me as a form of literary ointment for white guilt, meant to soothe outbreaks of conscience while dispelling perceptions of how pervasive white supremacy is.
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