The Fire This Time Book Review
Jesmyn Ward said, “I found the community I sought there. I found
so 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 different
situations and issue that each of the individuals wrote about. Ideas in this
collection pertains to issue dealing with experiences of racism that are still
relevant. The editor and authors purpose to voice their opinions is so that
awareness is raised. The book promises to deliver stories that are relatable on
racism and race relations, and police brutality and to raise awareness. The
book accomplishes all these objectives in talking about each of them in a
different story and time frame.
One of the objectives that is being accomplished is talking
about police brutality, and prejudice. In the introduction Jesmyn Ward Stated
that an adult shot and killed a chilled named Trayvon Martin while he was
walking home from the store. Zimmerman and the jury did not see him as child or
adult they saw him as a ravenous hoodlum. Although this was never stated, his
marijuana use and adolescent mischief earned him his death. These evidences
support the claim in many ways. One being it talks about police brutality in
the sense that Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. It also shows prejudice because
he killed him based on his skin color and past.
Second objective is race relations and prejudice. In the Weight
by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah said they spent their day isolated from everyone else
except the minority group. And after lunch the manager went into their cubicle
and told them she was cleaning out the communal fridge, and they were welcomed
to grab whatever was in it. And people joked about their color and said people
are going to think they are looting(Ghansah). Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah said all
the 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 only
deputy editor to do physical labor and reorganize all the old copies of
magazine in the freezing dusty storeroom(Ghansah). This evidence supports the
claim in that it is prejudice that they have a stereotype and insulting them in
making comments like the fridge comment the manger made, or the joke they said
about being brown. This also shows race relations in the workforce not just in the
country or nation. Because of the different races in the workforce.
It is an important value because people need to know and
understand the struggles that minorities go through; also, that it’s not easy
and it is common for other minorities to face. It could happen to anyone, so it
should not be ignored. Reading this book didn’t not affect me, but it did
change my way of thinking. In the way of it happens to many other people it is
more common than I thought. Two that it happens on a daily basis no one gets it
breaks from it. It also should me that you can be strong and stand up for yourself
and community without using force. It also showed me different point of views
that I was not aware of. I would recommend this book because it has many
different stories, but they all intertwined with the same purpose. Also, all
the stories all from different people, so you can get a different feel for what
people go through and how they overcome the difficulties in society. Also,
because each story is depicted well and you can actually picture all the
stories like if you are in them and they are relatable.
Rachel Kaadzi. “The Weight.” The Fire This Time, On & Schuster, Inc.,
2016, pp. 19–28.
JESMYN. “Introduction.” FIRE THIS TIME: A New Generation Speaks about
Race, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016, pp. 8–14.