FROM Jesmyn Ward
Jesmyn Ward: How racism haunts the present Jesmyn Ward sets her novels in small-town Mississippi, and uses that setting to explore how America’s racist past continues to burden its present. Her new novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing” is written primarily from the perspective of a mother and her biracial teenage son, who are haunted by ghosts from the family’s past.
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward on how racism haunts the present Author Jesmyn Ward is regularly called a modern William Faulkner. She sets her novels in small-town Mississippi, and uses that setting to explore how America’s racist past continues to burden its present. Her new novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” is on the shortlist for this year’s National Book Award. It’s written primarily from the perspective of a mother and her biracial teenage son, who are haunted by ghosts from the family’s past. Author Jesmyn Ward. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.
'Fire this Time' author speaks on race, latest police shootings Protests erupted Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina after police shot and killed a 43-year-old black man named Keith Lamont Scott. The officer who shot him was also black. Charlotte-Mecklenburg P olice Chief Kerr Putney said Wednesday that Scott was armed and posed a deadly threat. But at the scene, a woman who identified herself as Scott’s sister said he was reading a book and waiting for his son to be dropped off by the school bus. In Los Angeles, the Police Commission ruled this week that officers had violated deadly force rules in two separate shootings last year. The LAPD shot 36 people last year, killing 21 of them. Meanwhile in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher on Friday after the 40-year-old’s car had broken down in the middle of a two-lane highway. Tulsa police released helicopter and dash cam video of the shooting this week, which Police Chief Chuck Jordan called very disturbing and difficult to watch. Chief Jordan made a promise to his community that justice will be served; but many are skeptical because in cases like this, murder or manslaughter convictions are rare. Press Play spoke with National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward about the latest police shootings. Ward’s new book, “The Fire this Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race,” was inspired, in part, by the killing of unarmed black men and women by police.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?