Podcast Book Review of The Push Back

Posted on June 27, 2023


Podcast Book Review Available at: https://youtu.be/4LqrDZK2rIE

“The Push Back” by Lawrence Clayton delves into the complexities of social constructs stemming from historical research of education, economy, religion, as well as racism, among so much more. Clayton provides us with a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the history of racism in America, tracing its roots from the colonial era to the present day. This author expertly argues that racism is not a natural or inherent trait but rather a construct that has been intentionally created and perpetuated by those in power, which I found incredibly interesting.

One of the key strengths of this book is its focus on historical accuracy. Clayton provides a thorough and well-researched account of the ways in which racism has been embedded into various aspects of American society, from education and the economy to politics and culture. He also discusses a truthfulness that education is being watered down and not held to high standards for us to succeeded not only as a nation but as the human race. That the powers that be are enabling us to embrace our historical past to gain the knowledge for hopes of a greater future; “…we are lacking, a vision of the future that lifts us up from simply existing… to one that looks with hope, learning, discipline, and study to a future that truly lights our eyes with wisdom and pulls us forward with hope… we need to reach back…to fashion the new frontier before us, invoking the best from the past, and the promise of the future.”
Overall, this is an important and thought-provoking book that provides a nuanced and insightful analysis of the historical accuracies of our past to understand the issues at hand better. It is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the complex social, economic, and political factors that have shaped American society and contributed to systemic discrimination.