The story of The Wheat Money begins in 1865, the same year the slaves were freed. Over 150 years of history, we see how one family was lifted up while the other continued to be held down. Tyler recounts the facts but also catalogs the economic, political and psychological forces that drove overtly racist policies, and encouraged the bigoted behavior of white Americans. She covers the racial bribe; last place aversion; and propaganda techniques like "othering" and fear-mongering.
After following the families decade-by-decade, you'll arrive in the modern era to find a middle-class white mother and a Jim Crow-born black father trying to bring up their child together and finding no topic more incendiary than discussions of child rearing techniques. Both parents believe that they must prepare their child for her future. But should she be groomed to survive a gang jump in? Or is she better off developing the skills to defend a dissertation?
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After I read Wheat Money I donated the book to my nearby library, why? Why not share this incredible book with readers far and near. Maybe someone who really needs some kind of reference or guidance can find the answer here. I take everything with a grain of salt but this book opened my eyes about racism. I know it exist but this book spin the author's tale, her perception, her experiences. But in reality her perception came from somewhere. The author's writing style, very persuasive and poignant. Her writing made me think and contemplate and still wonder, whether you agree to disagree. The dutiful research the author compiled is something to be admired. Did our society learn anything? Hmmm..... Injustices, oppression, segregation, recounted events and history on both side of the fences, very touching. So with this I hope someone find this book in the library where I deposited it and open it and read it. Either the author will gain another reader or not, this book will leave some kind of impression. I won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz