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Black, White and Jewishis the book I purchased at Amazon.com and after I read it I posted a review on the book.  Great reading for people who come from racially mixed background and also for people who don’t quite know where they belong in life.  Here’s what caught my attention, “She doesn’t fit into the white world and she doesn’t fit into the black world so she decides that she is a child of the movement.”  I knew right there and then that I had to find out what a child of the movement was.  Rebecca Walker, the author, takes on a journey of finding herself with a black mom and a white dad and then they get divorced and live on opposite sides of the United States.  Her life with her mom involves black and hispanic people.  However Rebecca is a copper color so she is questioned about her belonging there.  Then when she goes to her dad’s house and he has remarried a white woman, she is questioned by everybody if she belongs there.  This story definitely appealed to the Kairos because it is the right timing for such a topic.  More and more people are inter-mixing racially and many kids will wonder what world they belong to.   The audience for this book isn’t just for racially mixed people.  It is for anyone who is coming into their own or who are experiencing peer pressure to do drugs.  Rebecca also lets us in to her account of her early sexual encounters and getting an abortion at the age of fourteen.  This narration is done realistically and insightful as it appeals to the pathos.  Rebecca Walker’s description of not knowing which of her two worlds she belonged to appeals to the ethos of children who are born from two different races.  Rebecca describes in such detail that we feel we are part of a room full of black people listening to poetry being read and then we are part of her dad’s life as she walks down the street in an all white neighborhood holding her little sister’s white hand.

The following is my actual review but you can see it live at:

<<http://www.amazon.com/Black-White-Jewish-Rebecca-Walker-ebook/product-review>>

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This review is from: Black White & Jewish (Kindle Edition)
“Rebecca grows up being the daughter of a black mother and a white, Jewish father. She has a wonderful family and experiences love all around her. One day her world comes crashing down as she is told by both her parents that they are getting a divorce. Rebecca and her mom move out of their wonderful home and into an apartment. Her life now changes drastically as she begins to notice that she is different from other kids. She doesn’t fit into the white world and she doesn’t fit into the black world so she decides that she is a child of the movement. Her mother lives in San Francisco and her father lives in New York. They decide that she will spend 2 years with one parent and 2 years with the other one. Her life changes drastically and she finds herself alone and lonely. Where does she belong? Is she black? Is she white? Her father marries a white lady and they have a white child. Her mother dates a black man. Rebecca ends up having white friends, black friends, hispanic friends and also finds herself being sexually active at a very young age because she seeks comfort. Her mother leaves her alone at home and she has to fend for herself. Her father ends up being disconnected to Rebecca and so that leaves her not knowing where she belongs. She experiments with drugs and finds herself pregnant at fourteen. When she tells her mother, they both agree that an abortion is the best thing to do. Her struggles to find who she is and where she belongs prevail throughout the book but in the end she says, “I exist somewhere between black and white, family and friend. I am flesh and blood, yes, but I am also either.”
This book is worthwhile reading material. It allows the reader to go back and forth between cultures and races. We identify with Rebecca no matter what our race is. We feel what she feels and we understand what it is like to not know where you belong. Rebecca takes us on a journey to look inside of herself, her life, her love and her soul.”
     After searching through a multitude of discussion boards/forums, I finally settled on one that not only caught my eye, but made me want to be part of it.  It is a site that has over 39 million experiences shared to date.  This is the world’s largest living collection of life experiences, personal stories and it’s about the people who go through these experiences.  There is even an app that anyone can download to their phones for free!  Now that’s what I’m talking about!  The audience for this discussion board/forum is anyone, any age and it’s for, “People who get you.”  There are 24 categories for social conversation.  This site was launched in 2007 and describes itself as, “A comfortable and supportive place for individuals to share and connect.”  Appealing to the ethos, we find out this site has received praise from ABC’s, “Good Morning America,” The San Francisco Chronicle and  Wired Magazine.”
     This site then let’s us know it appeals to the pathos because,”It’s for people who really get it!”  Of course we all want to be that person who gets it.  The question I posted to this site, “When children come from racially mixed parents, are they the dad’s race or the mom’s race?”  The reason for this question is of course because of the book review that I posted on Amazon,  Black, White and Jewish . Within seconds I had twelve replies.  Some were kind, some were intelligent and some were from another world.  My post of experience was, “I am concerned about the obesity epidemic.”  I followed this up by also posting, “Overweight children are now in danger of not living longer than their parents and are at high risk for Type-2 Diabetes.”  The obesity epidemic topic is highly relevant right now and so it appeals to the kairos.   In appealing to the ethos, my one other post was my high interest in the younger generation and technology.  We are accused of never having face to face conversations and that we can’t write because all we do is text and when we text, it’s 2 or 3 letters that stand for entire words.  In appealing to the ethos of this subject, I posted this topic, “Is technology hurting or helping the younger generation?”  That topic quickly snowballed and many young people jumped in to defend our generation.  As expected, some of the people who appeared to be older (moms, dads, business executives etc) defended their position of saying that while the younger generation caught on quicker to the use of technology, that we would not be good communicators face to face with other people.  You can also join this forum and be fascinated by how quickly people respond.  I had this visual in my head that people are sitting in front of their screens, drooling, just waiting for someone to post so they can jump on and comment right back.   Go to:
<<http://www.experienceproject.com/question.answer.php?c=health

4 Responses to Discussion boards/Forums

  • cortr100@mail.chapman.edu'
    Cassie Cortright says:

    Do you think that summarizing the book was the best way to get somebody to buy it in your review, and if so, why?

    • Lixinting2012 says:

      Cassie,
      I actually work for a publishing company and they send me books and I read them and post reviews on “Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and on iTunes. I get paid to read and to write. It’s a great part time job. That is why I posted that review. Thank you for your question.

  • Jess Smith says:

    Your question “When children come from racially mixed parents, are they the dad’s race or the mom’s race?” almost feels like a trick question with no right answer. Surely which race the child identifies more with depends on the circumstances. I would be curious to know what are the leading factors which cause a child to identify one way or the other.

  • richardcolby says:

    I too wonder about summarizing the book in the review, especially in balancing what is already known about the book and what you are giving away (no spoilers!) I think the final graf of your review is that audience connection and “evaluation” that makes it more effective. You might try in future reviews to share a bit about yourself in your review and how parts of the book resonated with you–it will make the review more authentic.

    Also, when you have a long blog post, it is a good idea to add an “Insert Read More Tag” (you can find it as dotted line between two solid lines on the toolbar when you are creating a post). finally, take advantage of the medium of the blog–make your URLs hyperlinks, or better yet, hyperlink a specific word that would be associated with the word.

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