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If the current protests in Portland and Kenosha are upsetting you to the point of despair, then reading While White Men Sleep by Alderin Ordell won’t ease your mind. In fact, it will probably do the opposite as the author presents and explores what he sees as the root of America’s problems: the exploitation of all people, but especially black people, by wealthy white nationalists. In While White Men Sleep, a powerful, forward-thinking group of black women decide they’ve had enough and aren’t going to take it anymore. Led by Mandy Africa, an intelligent and eloquent speaker, they gather together in a movement called Oya, in the hopes of bringing a non-violent end to racial injustice and tyranny. Using the massive reach of YouTube, Mandy’s talks point out the incredible power of organized religions to influence thinking. As Mandy adds fuel to the justified fire she is lighting in people’s hearts, by citing the powers of corporations and the military, thousands of black people are drawn to the Oya revolution, ready and qualified to bring about needed changes. But Mandy has her heart set on this being a non-violent revolution. Is she being too idealistic in thinking this can be done without losing more lives when “Violence is as American as apple pie”?
If you’re in the mood to read a thought-provoking, controversial and violent novel with a plethora of both fictional and non-fictional characters...even Oprah and Donald Trump are featured and realistically presented...tackle While White Men Sleep. The premises behind the plot and the subsequent events that move it along are very disturbing. Expect to read what many will call conspiracy theories...until Ordell presents them through Mandy’s speeches. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself thinking about them long after you finish the book. And if you’re curious about where and how Ordell got some of his information (the book is heavily researched), visit the website he suggests in his Afterword. I’m heading over there now. I want to know more!