How Free Is Free? is the pessimistic history of racism in America since reconstruction and it is a stark contrast with the hope generated by the current president’s election. The author recalls horrific events of lynching and violence, and how the experience of African-Americans in the armed forces during the wars helped change the situation — a little. He tells an anecdote of how German prisoners of war were expected to pick cotton until 3pm, so they would not get too tired, while Blacks picked until nightfall. But the author doesn’t feel that the situation has truly improved, even after the Civil Rights movement. He sees the Katrina disaster as a stark reminder that poor and black habitually go together in the US.
Can we change?