Can it ever get better? This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide - in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider - is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white?
An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, Watson has taken the Internet by storm with his remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day. Now, in Under Our Skin, Watson draws from his own life, his family legacy, and his role as a father to sensitively and honestly examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing.
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What's Under Our Skin?
- Felton L Woodson
Great Perspective and Genuine Discussion on Race
Heartfelt. Genuine. Balanced.
As a Christian male who happens to be white, the most compelling part of this book was hearing an in depth discussion of race from another Christian who happens to be black. Watson and I share so much in common from a worldview perspective, and opinions on racism and sin in general, but his experiences as a black male in the United States are very different from mine, so his opinions and beliefs on the state of race in this country tend to be different. Hearing this perspective from a Gospel-centered individual was very enjoyable and enlightening. At the same time, Watson is keenly aware about the different experiences and perspectives of individuals like myself, and he fairly points out this throughout the book. It has definitely inspired me to strike up dialogue with others and continue the conversation, which I think was Watson's goal from the start.
Excellent reading. Enjoyed his performance.
That even though Watson and I can share so many of the same opinions about the root of racism, and it's ultimate cure, we can have very different opinions about the state of race relations in America currently, based on experience. Hearing an honest and heartfelt perspective from a fellow Christian who happens to be black, is very enlightening.
I think everyone should read this book, but perhaps most importantly individuals like myself who have grown up in middle-class neighborhoods that were predominantly white, and may not have seen much of the racism that Watson describes first-hand, except on the news. I'm glad I listened to this book, and I think it has given me a better empathy and appreciation for the experiences, beliefs, and culture of African Americans. Even though I may not agree Watson 100% on everything, I am happy to have this greater understanding, and I believe such an understanding can only be helpful for anyone going forward.
- Andrew Webber