Recent events across the country show that anti-black racism festers in our culture, and that race relations have not yet reached a place of true tolerance, equality, and peace. After recent police shootings, race riots, and a white terrorist attack in other cities, Kansas Citians began asking questions. Could Ferguson happen here? Could Baltimore? Could Charleston? How are present black-white relations in Kansas City? What is our racial history?
G.S. Griffin puts Kansas City’s racial history into perspective in this timely look at what transpired here at home and its impact nationally. Deeply researched, Racism in Kansas City: A Short History chronicles the darkest moments in Kansas City race relations, from 1800 to present. It thoughtfully explores, for example: area slavery, the Kansas-Missouri border war, the Civil War, the bombings of black homes, the segregation of residential areas and schools, the civil rights struggle, the race riot of 1968, the assassinations of the 1970s, the infamous Missouri v. Jenkins Supreme Court case, and the racial isolation and inequities that plague Kansas City today.
The book’s foreword is by longtime Kansas City civil rights activist and community leader Alvin Brooks, a former city councilman and founder of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime.
G.S. Griffin studied at Missouri State University and earned a graduate degree in history education at Rockhurst University. He currently teaches special needs students in Grandview.
Coming in August from Mission Point Press.