When a substantial portion of our population repeatedly and emphatically says there is something broken within our system, I think our government, "the powers that be," and our average citizens owe it to all of us to take it seriously. I am neither black nor male, but the racism that has taken over in the USA--on all sides--is absolutely crazy. I watch all this from the other side of the world, and my heart breaks for our country. It seems we are so divided, I'm not sure we should call ourselves the "United" States anymore. The world is watching, and from an outside perspective, it isn't pretty at all.
Regardless of whether you agree with the premise of this book, I implore you to read it and keep an open mind. Ms. Thomas is a debut author, and she has written a YA novel that, to me, stretches far beyond the intended teen audience. An important book that is, for me, easily one of 2017's best. Don't miss it.