Talking to My Country
by Stan Grant
Editor: Scribe Publications
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In an extraordinarily powerful way and a personal meditation on race, culture and identityAs an Aboriginal Australian, Stan Grant has had to deal with his racist heritage country all his life.Born in adversity, he found a way out through the education and writing of James Baldwin, soon to become one of Australia’s leading journalists.As a correspondent for CNN, he has travelled around the world, covering conflicts everywhere from Baghdad to North Korea.Struck by the way the human spirit can endure in the face of repression, he found the experiences of people he met spoke to him about the immortal call of family and homeland.In the stories of the other dispossessed peoples, he saw that, from his ownBy Talking About My Country, the Grant responds to the pursuit of racism he sees around him.He writes with passion and striking the candor of anger, shame, and difficulties of being an indigenous man.Frank, bewitching by the prose of the Grant, argues that the effects of colonialism and oppression are daily realities that still shape our world, and that we must never let our vigilance in the struggle to overcome them worsen.
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