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Study of The Wake of the Wind

There are some books that cause me to pull out the pen and post it notes and start underlining. The Wake of the Wind  by J. California Cooper is just such a book.   I am still studying it, making parallels in it from what I know of history and even another book I am reading for book club, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. It is in the studying that I am pausing to share an except from the voice of one of the central characters.  Mor is talking to his children, twin sons and young daughter, about white men.  His discourse as well as the questions of "why" by his sons are some of the same questions I have.  Why, simply why do white men hate us so much? Why did they rape our women and murder our men or imprison them from the moment the Emancipation Proclamation was declared? Why have they feared us and lied on us and tried at all costs to prevent us from even dreaming? Why, even now in 2012, is this story of the quest