Books, Documentaries: Michelle Obama’s Memoir, BECOMING

Books, Documentaries: June 18, 2020

I woke up this morning to the news that yet another young African-American man/boy was found dead—hanging from a tree in California with a rope around his neck.

This news follows news of the past few days that three white policemen in Atlanta found an African American man passed out drunk in a car in a fast-food chain line. They wound up tormenting him, chasing him, shooting him in the back, and not calling for medical help while one stood on his shoulders while he died. When the officers were charged, other Atlanta police called in sick to protest.

Later today, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration did not follow the law when they tried to get rid of the DACA cohort. Trump, the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, responded with images of shotgun blasts in people’s faces: “These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives.”

These events are just from the past few days. And I didn’t even cover John Bolton’s book which details even more corruption and lawlessness that the GOP has chosen to ignore and/or facilitate.

I am so exhausted and so sad. I don’t recognize this country any more. The past 3 1/2 years have been hell on earth as EVERYTHING I hold sacred—truth, honor, integrity, service to others, faithfulness—has been…debauched and disappeared.

I, for some reason, about a week ago started listening to Michelle Obama’s memoir BECOMING, and as painfully hard as it to hear in places, I have really enjoyed living in her mind for a bit of time. For one thing, the memoir pulls together her history, the history of her part in Obama’s campaign, and her/their time at the White House. I’m still listening, but I’ve heard enough to think that this book is one that is meant for this moment in time.

I highly recommend it.

Michelle Obama’s Memoir, BECOMING