Former President Barack Obama is apparently a voracious reader. Having one’s book on one of his coveted book lists could generate prestige and book sales. Obama recently shared his Black History Month reading list. John McMurtrie, books editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, was more than happy to announce it:
“From modern memoirs to cornerstones of the American narrative,” Obama wrote about his nonfiction recommendations, “these works can help us better understand our country’s past and our evolving, persistent struggles with race — and they can be fuel on our journey toward a more fair and just future for all of our sons and daughters. They certainly are for me.”
Here are the books that Obama recommended:
“The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson
“Stamped From the Beginning,” by Ibram X. Kendi
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson
“A Stone of Hope: A Memoir,” by Jim St. Germain with Jon Sternfeld
“The Fire Next Time,” by James Baldwin
“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” by David W. Blight
Obama also recommended Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail.”
However, Ralph Baker’s Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead – the book Obama plagiarized – was miraculously left off the list. Mr. Obama used research from Shock Exchange as the linchpin of his economic policies, yet he refused to credit Mr. Baker or his book. Mr. Baker highlighted the research Obama lifted from Shock Exchange and the assertions are irrefutable.
Mr. Obama has publicly praised books from Ta-nehisi Coates, Ibram X. Kendi, Isabel Wilkerson, et. al, and books published by large white publishing houses. In not telling the public about Shock Exchange Mr. Obama is in effect taking money out of black man’s pockets and trying to eat off his plate. In too ignoring Shock Exchange, John McMurtrie is co-signing this brand of white supremacy.