Reviving the blog — See the film on Feb. 13!
Over the past nearly four years, since the publication of “Slavery by Another Name,” this website has been the platform for an interaction with readers of the book that has been simply astonishing for me. Even all the years spent researching the book, I have been amazed at the personal stories that have come to me through this blog and emails here–even as I was a woefuly absent blogger at the same time.
So I want to thank everyone who has visited this site, shared their stories and reached out to me in other ways. I have learned so much from all of you. I’m also gratified that the vast vast majority of the communication I’ve had has come from readers who wanted constructive dialogue with others about the complicated issues of race and the past that are still so much at the center of America’s national discourse. Even people who wanted to disagree with me have often had good and admirable intentions. But there have been other voices too, who remind us that there are still many people in our society whose goals are destructive or propagandistic. They are the strongest argument for continuing to seek honest conversation, driven by facts and clinical observation.
In a few days, on Feb. 13, 2012, the documentary film based on my book will appear on PBS, at 9 p.m. EST. Hopefully, it will stir an even larger conversation about these important questions in American life–and hopefully it will once again be a discussion marked by constructive goals. Wherever it goes, I’ll do a better job of sharing my thoughts on the blog from here on.
Thanks again to all of you who have joined in this dialogue. Please stay with me, and encourage others to join us.