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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Thought-provoking is the first word I came up with in describing BlackWash: The Untold Stories of Reverse Racism by Rodney Cloud Hill. This novel could not have arrived at a more impeccable time. As social and legal controversies surrounding anti-White bias are becoming a zero-sum game, Hill shifts the narrative by telling a story that no one else dares to tell. This is a story that addresses how people consciously and unconsciously contribute to systemic racism and oppression. Everything takes place in Shamerika, where it turns the tables on color-coding in Uncle Sam’s society. Here, the dominant race gets a no-nonsense lesson in history and is allowed to immerse in the African-American experience in all its transparency. A sharp, satirical approach brings to the forefront factual accounts that have never been presented before.
Blackwash is no oversimplification of reversing the roles. It works dramatically when you consider what Rodney Cloud Hill writes at the beginning of his novel; that society should not attribute full blame toward individuals outside political and educational positions of power for racist ideologies. Such an opening makes for an intelligent examination of this story’s premise. It is a story that is not easy to swallow because some fires will be ignited in your mind. Nevertheless, Hill is a most welcome gadfly who gives you a hard look at the evidence in the spirit of critical inquiry. Everyone interested in racial stereotyping should read this book. Literacy takes reading, and change takes effort. It is sure to challenge your sensibilities because it is a side of the racial discrimination story where everyone turns a blind eye.