The Underground Railroad by: Colson Whitehead

The Underground RailroadThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It means that a Hebrew may not enslave a Hebrew. But the sons of Ham are not of that tribe. They were cursed, with black skin and tails. Where the scripture condemns slavery, it is not speaking of negro slavery at all. I have black skin, but I don’t have a tail. As far as I know-I never thought to look, Cora said. Slavery is a curse, though that much is true, Slavery is a sin when whites were put to the yoke, but not the African. All men are created equal, unless we decide you are not a man.

Sobering words on the price we are paying for the sins of this country. It is the same words we are using today when we speak of abortion. A baby is not baby unless it is wanted. What price will we pay if we continue on with this lie. Cora’s story is not the story you learned in grade school about the Underground Railroad. It is gruesome, tragic, and it should prick the hearts of all those that read it.

As Cora ran to freedom, she also endured other oppressions in the dormitories and controlled sterilization.

The quotes I have included are telling how 500 years of slavery and oppression cannot be made up for in 50 years. We need to understand history fully so we can have healing for the future.

How to undo slavery’s injury to the mental faculties-so many freed men continued to be enslaved by the horrors they’d endured.

The women in the colored dormitories of South Carolina believed they knew liberty, but the surgeons’ knives cut them to prove otherwise.

Only in death the negro became a human being. Only then was he the white man’s equal.

Because that’s what you do when you take away someone’s babies-steal their future. Torture them as much as you can when they are on this earth, then take away the hope that one day their people will have it better.

I am in between liking this read and not….I liked that it brought awareness to our history but it is difficult to connect to the character of Cora. It is not a character driven read but it does drive home the ugliness of our history. But when you think about it, how can we connect to Cora? By telling her story and learning from it.

A Special Thank You to Doubleday Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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