America Libre (Giveaway!)



Winner announced HERE.


Want to win a copy of Raul Ramos y Sanchez’s new book, America Libre?

Here are the rules!

#1. Only US and Canada residents, please.

#2. If you win, you must provide a shipping address. No P.O. Boxes.

#3. Leave a comment and a valid E-mail address in the E-mail field so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

#4. Your comment should be answering the following question, (excerpted from America Libre’s Reading Group Guide): “The events in America Libre are similar to some real-life events in U.S. history, such as the race riots of the 1960’s and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Do you think that today’s society has changed to prevent events such as these from happening again?” Why or why not?

One winner will be chosen and announced here on August 10th, 2009. Good luck!



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16 responses to “America Libre (Giveaway!)

  1. sure! I want to win!

    • Tee

      Hey Ruth – This one is a little different from how I usually do it – you gotta answer the question, (see the post). Thanks! :)

  2. Although you would think that society has progressed to the point that we could learn from our mistakes–I fear that we haven’t.

    Profiling of ethnic groups hasn’t changed. In fact, it’s probably more prevalent today than it was 40 years ago (thanks to the Dept Homeland Security). Race riots still happen (Rodney King–and more recently Hurricane Katrina).

    Passengers are escorted off of airplanes because of the ‘fear’ that their presence evokes. It’s not as if 9-11 changed peoples minds about how they felt about people from other countries–it’s merely made it more acceptable to vocalize them.

  3. Mandy

    You know, I think we prove time and time again that people don’t really change… we just get better at doing the same things we use to do.

    Look at the murders, hate crimes and other vicious acts in the world. Although, I don’t always catch the American news I know what it’s like here… people still use the “n” word and think there’s nothing wrong with it. Here in NL most people think that’s the accepted vernacular. It’s because their education and experience hasn’t taught them better. I know that in the city it’s much different but in the coastal communities were 99.9% of the population is white christian… well you get the idea.

    I believe that if we don’t continue to educate our youth (which is our moral duty as society) it could be come blatant again. We need to be the change we want to see in the world. I don’t know who said it but I believe it with all my heart.

  4. Renee G

    I believe that we have made progress in this area, but I don’t believe that there has been a complete shift in the viewpoint of individuals. It is entirely natural to have a distrust, or even fear, of that which we do not know. As a civilization, we need to move beyond our ancient roots and use our brains, rather than our instincts. Education is a key component. The value that we place on life itself and the quality of life for everyone, is truly what will move us beyond a tribal mentality.


  5. Hi No, I don’t think society has changed enough so this won’t happen again. I find that Pakistani/Iranian people, or anyone who remotely looks like they might be of this heritage, now have become a new ‘group’ that elicits fear and scorn. There is often disgust and mistrust shown to even women who wear the hajab(head cover). This is distancing these people even further from what is considered the “norm” in North America. My concern is even more problems will arise as a result.

  6. Jane

    Sadly, I must agree that we have not passed this by yet. Prejudices just seem to shift to different ethnic groups, rather than being eliminated completely. I have hope that one day we will run out of these types of feelings, and I have to agree with all above that say education is the key.

  7. bridget3420

    I don’t think society has changed enough yet. Some people just switch from one form of discrimination for another. It’s sad and I hope to alive to see the day everyone accepts others for who they are.

  8. jeez. I like to *think* that we have grown beyond such things, but I am really, really afraid that we haven’t. We find different people to single out, different ways to persecute, but the song remains the same.

    Well, that was a happy statement…

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  9. Pam R.

    I would love to say that we’ve learned from past mistakes and that race riots would not occur in today’s society but I don’t think that’s the case. I think we still use skin colour, religion, race, sexuality as ways to discriminate against people and until we are blind to all the ways we are different, we will never see how similar we really are.

  10. Wanda

    I don’t think society has changed because I believe that anything can happen at any time. Nothing is predictable.

  11. Has society learned it’s lesson from past mistakes?

    Not at all! Just take a look at what happened soon after 9/11. Muslins were attacked and ridiculed, beaten, threatened. Whenever something goes wrong in any society, it seems the human psyche needs to point a finger somewhere, anywhere but at themselves. So generally they find the least liked (usually a minority) equivalent to place blame on.

    Why a minority? Beats me. Without fail it’s the luck of the draw. You would think in todays diverse society we could all learn to get along. Instead the more of a melting pot the U.S. becomes the more adversity arises. How would I know? I’m a halfbreed Native American I’ve seen people cross the Reservation border with the intent of beating up the first native they find.

    Thanks for the opportunity! Indigo

  12. Debbie

    Wow! I would like to think we have made some progress, but with some of the things shown on TV, I am just not sure. I believe America as awhole has come along way but our nation has many enemies. We can not be to careful and must always be alert. Dont just think that because you are an American you are safe, just look what happened on 9/11.

  13. Sharon Walling

    It would be nice if we made progress. Maybe we’ve made some but not much. We will never be without prejudicial issues, whether it be racial, sexual, etc.
    We should be one, not divided.

  14. No, unfortunately not, look at what has happened in Rwanda and Darfur. People say never again but it still occurs, because you are from a certain tribe or religion. We like to pretend the situation does not exist, but it does.

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