I picked up this movie over the weekend for multiple reasons. I saw the episode of To Tell the Truth a few weeks ago, featuring the actual police officer who was a member of the KKK, and it made me curious about the movie. Also, it showed up on the lists of movies I posted last week. Something was telling me over and over to watch it.

I enjoyed the movie, but wished things had been different. There were several scenes that were difficult to watch, but they were necessary for the plot of the movie.

I recommend the movie since it had a lot of information. The story was told with humor but it was a tough subject. It’s definitely worth watching.


I have been working my way down the 28 books list. This week, I watched 13th. It was about racial inequality, especially in the prison system.

Many of the things that are broken with the prison system were discussed. Plea or be punished if you go to trial. Mandatory sentencing. Crack is a worse offense than powdered cocaine. There were more examples, but these were very memorable to me.

It’s worth a watch. It goes through a lot of history and why we are where we are regarding racial inequality and mass incarceration. It hit home for me that many of the issues that I learned about, such at the assassinations of MLK Jr and Malcolm X weren’t as long ago as I thought. They happened right before I was born and were still fresh in the minds of politicians when Reagan was running for president.

I did stay up long past the time I should have been asleep to finish the movie and then think about what I watched. I’ll be continuing on the list during the next few weeks.

“On the Come Up.”

Tackling Racial Injustice

On the Come UpOn the Come Up by Angie Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book a lot. I found a lot of the main characters decisions a little stressful but I think it had a lot to do with being an adult and seeing what a teen’s decision can become.

This is a good lesson about how words can be misconstrued and how they can come back to bite you. It’s a good book for teens to read, and has a lot of lessons in the book. It worthwhile read.

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Immigration Books

Immigration Books

The above linked article lists books about immigration, actually written by immigrants. None of these are involved in the American Dirt controversy.

My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet

The Mariel Boatlift: A Cuban-American Journey by Victor Andres Triay

Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares by Aarti Namdev Shahani

Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear

America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee

Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandéz Castillo (Jan. 28)

Illegal: How America’s Lawless Immigration Regime Threatens Us All by Elizabeth F. Cohen (Jan. 28)

Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship, and the Security State by Miguel Díaz-Barriga and Margaret E. Dorsey (Jan. 31)

A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home, edited by Nicole Chung and Mensah Demary (Feb. 11)

These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card (Mar. 3)

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (Apr. 7)

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Apr. 7)

No Justice in the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants by Alina Das (Apr. 14)

Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud (Apr. 14)

Passage West by Rishi Reddi (Apr. 21)

Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami (Apr. 28)

One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924-1965 by Jia Lynn Yang (May 19)