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#grimdragon Day 19: poetry/graphic novels/non-fiction.
I love reading non-fiction. I managed to read a little bit more non-fiction in 2017 and hopefully I'll be able to do it this year again. I mention these books every time I talk about non-fiction, because they are a few of my favourites. But I never really see them on bookstagram so here is what they are about. (Very short and I definitely can't do them justice) ▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge. The author picked a random day in the US and looks at all the children that have been shot in these 24 hours. It is a great book about gun violence and the Lack of gun control in the US and sadly it's pretty relevant again right now. ▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman is a collection of his non-fiction. I don't love every book by him, but I love to read about his views on literature, art and so much more! ▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫ Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The author is a lawyer and writes about his cases. He tries to help people on death row and writes a great deal about the justice system of the US. Bryan Stevenson is an inspiring person and the unjustice that is described in this book made me so angry! ▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪ The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria by Janine Di Giovanni. The author is a war correspondent and talks about her time in Syria. She explains how the conflict started and what it's like for the syrian people. This is one of the most horrible books I have ever read, but it is also one of the most important ones! I can recommend it even if you don't know a lot about Syria. ▫

Okay.. I just wanted to write one sentence about every book but I got carried away. 😂 All of these books had a great impact on me and I can't recommend them enough.

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“We have to reform a system of criminal justice that continues to treat people better if they are rich and guilty than if they are poor and innocent.”
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“Constantly being suspected, accused, watched, doubted, distrusted, presumed guilty, and even feared is a burden borne by people of color that can’t be understood or confronted without a deeper conversation about our history of racial injustice.”
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This book is so important. Especially for people like me — white, middle-class, Midwestern Americans who cannot relate to the realities of the people in this book. I never want to stop trying to understand, even if I can’t fully relate. This book has opened my eyes wider to problems with our justice system, problems with our broken human condition, but also the amazing work that good people are doing to fix the broken parts one piece at a time. .
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If you want to see more than you did before, read this book or check out the Equal Justice Initiative at @eji_org or www.eji.org. ⚖️
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#necessarynonfiction #justmercy #bryanstevenson #equaljusticeinitiative #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #booknerd #books #bookworm #bibliophile #bookphotography #bookish #bookaddict #booklover

I've been reading this book called Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and this story has been weighing heavy on me. The picture above is George Stinney he was a 14 year old boy who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1944 in his home town of Alcolu, South Carolina.
Stinney was convicted in less than 10 minutes, during a one-day trial, by an all-white jury of the first-degree murder of two white girls. After being arrested, Stinney was said to have confessed to the crime.There was no written record of his confession apart from notes provided by an investigating deputy, and no transcript was recorded of the brief trial. He was denied appeal and executed by electric chair. "When George was executed, he was so small he had to sit on the Bible he’d carried with him in order to reach the electrodes. Years later, an affluent local white man confessed to the murder." (Stevenson)
It wasn't until 2005 when the decision called Roper v. Simmons, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the execution of people who were under 18 at the time of their crimes violates the federal constitutional guarantee against cruel and unusual punishments.

This made me livid. Have you heard about this young man? If you haven't asked yourself why haven't you?

I wasn't going to post this but I need y'all to know!! #emmetttill #trayvonnmartin #blackhistorymonth #wehavetodobetter #massincarceration #deathpenalty #bryanstevenson #electricchair #justmercy #georgestinneyjr

it was so nice to escape the east coast winter and soak up some sun in cali 🌞 i even had time to relax and read 😄
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#vacation #california #calisun #palmdesert #poolreading #book #justmercy #pooltime #reading #relaxing #relaxingbythepool #takemebacktocali #bryanstevenson

These two books are recent reads of mine.
The first, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, is full of alarming facts and figures detailing how mass incarceration via the war on drugs easily became legal segregation.
The second, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, if full of real human accounts on the effects of unjust laws and unchecked power.
Together, the two books are a sucker punch to the heart and the brain. I dare you to read these and still declare that we don't have a race problem!

#blacklivesmatter #warondrugs #massincarceration #legalsegregation #justmercy #thenewjimcrow #bryanstevenson #michellealexander #racialinequality #intersectionalfeminism #endwhitesupremacy

Saturday mornings are for coffee in bed with a book in hand 📚
Just started #justmercy ❤️

#BryanStevenson wrote a powerful introduction to our edition of the Narrative. #FD2018 #JustMercy #OneMillionAbolitionists

Book club mornings 📝📚

It's Friday! I was looking for a bookstagram challenge to do and came across book riot's #riotgrams.

Feb 16: Black History

In honor of black history month, I have some of the books by black authors that have left an impact on me.

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This is the sad and aggravating truth. Watch #13th read #justmercy listen to @kimberlecrenshaw We need to change our systems, we need better #mentalhealth need to work on #healthequity focus on #healing not #dividing We need #thoughtsandprayers for a #betterworld for #everyone

I would like a chance for you to get to know me... the person behind the art. Three personal things about me...
1) I am a huge Minnesota Vikings Fan
2) I love to wear ripped jeans.
3) I love colour and bling.
This pic brings all three together.... lol
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The relevancy of this book is painful, but that makes it an incredibly important read. "The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned." -Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption #everymonthisblackhistorymonth #socialjusticewarriors #bryanstevenson #justmercy

“... we would never think it was humane to pay someone to rape people convicted of rape or assault and abuse someone guilty of assault or abuse. Yet we are comfortable killing people who kill, in part because we think we can do it in a manner that doesn’t implicate our own humanity, the way that raping or abusing someone would.” .
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This book is so painful to read, but so important. Honestly, I hadn’t really leaned one way or another on this issue before, but that’s because I didn’t know much about it beyond movies. I don’t know anyone on death row, and it’s much easier to be ambivalent when you can’t personally relate somehow. Before reading this book, I hadn’t realized in how many places our justice system is so incredibly broken. How often poor people who can’t afford quality legal representation are sentenced to death, especially in areas with strong racial prejudice and in counties where judges are elected based on a record of being “tough on crime.” It’s a hopeless feeling. .
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I don’t know how I can possibly make a positive difference for those who are affected by these types of unjust situations, so for now I’m just sharing this here. Even if it just convinces one person to look into the issue further for themselves, maybe somehow it will help. ⚖️
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