The Fire This Time Book ReviewJesmyn Ward said, “I found the community I sought there. I foundso many people giving voice to my frustration, my anger, and my fear (Ward).”The fire this time talks about all these feelings in many ways and in differentsituations and issue that each of the individuals wrote about. Ideas in thiscollection pertains to issue dealing with experiences of racism that are stillrelevant.
The editor and authors purpose to voice their opinions is so thatawareness is raised. The book promises to deliver stories that are relatable onracism and race relations, and police brutality and to raise awareness. Thebook accomplishes all these objectives in talking about each of them in adifferent story and time frame.One of the objectives that is being accomplished is talkingabout police brutality, and prejudice. In the introduction Jesmyn Ward Statedthat an adult shot and killed a chilled named Trayvon Martin while he waswalking home from the store.
Zimmerman and the jury did not see him as child oradult they saw him as a ravenous hoodlum. Although this was never stated, hismarijuana use and adolescent mischief earned him his death. These evidencessupport the claim in many ways. One being it talks about police brutality inthe sense that Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. It also shows prejudice becausehe killed him based on his skin color and past. Second objective is race relations and prejudice.
In the Weightby Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah said they spent their day isolated from everyone elseexcept the minority group. And after lunch the manager went into their cubicleand told them she was cleaning out the communal fridge, and they were welcomedto grab whatever was in it. And people joked about their color and said peopleare going to think they are looting(Ghansah). Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah said allthe walls were white, and the editorial staff seemed to be all whites as well.
She was the first black person to ever intern at the magazine. She was the onlydeputy editor to do physical labor and reorganize all the old copies ofmagazine in the freezing dusty storeroom(Ghansah). This evidence supports theclaim in that it is prejudice that they have a stereotype and insulting them inmaking comments like the fridge comment the manger made, or the joke they saidabout being brown. This also shows race relations in the workforce not just in thecountry or nation. Because of the different races in the workforce. It is an important value because people need to know andunderstand the struggles that minorities go through; also, that it’s not easyand it is common for other minorities to face.
It could happen to anyone, so itshould not be ignored. Reading this book didn’t not affect me, but it didchange my way of thinking. In the way of it happens to many other people it ismore common than I thought. Two that it happens on a daily basis no one gets itbreaks from it.
It also should me that you can be strong and stand up for yourselfand community without using force. It also showed me different point of viewsthat I was not aware of. I would recommend this book because it has manydifferent stories, but they all intertwined with the same purpose.
Also, allthe stories all from different people, so you can get a different feel for whatpeople go through and how they overcome the difficulties in society. Also,because each story is depicted well and you can actually picture all thestories like if you are in them and they are relatable. WorksCitedGhansah,Rachel Kaadzi. “The Weight.
” The Fire This Time, On & Schuster, Inc.,2016, pp. 19–28.WARD,JESMYN. “Introduction.
” FIRE THIS TIME: A New Generation Speaks aboutRace, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016, pp. 8–14.