If Only You Were White by Al B. Beard

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09PFSX2YC
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 18, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
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Atlanta Braves pitcher Austin Evans, who is white, was raised by a racist grandfather. During a game in 2015 he is hit in the head by a pitch and falls into a deep coma waking up in 1918 as a black man. The story follows his struggle for survival over the next 12 years with baseball, in a time when segregation, lynching, and Jim Crow were on full blast. He learns firsthand the ugly truth about what it meant to be black in America in that era. Austin comes face to face with racial slurs and degrading treatment while trying to reconcile his new identity with his race in the future. Through new friends, he discovers that skin color doesn’t make anyone better or worse and sees a side of his grandfather in a way he never did before, including a shocking twist at the end.


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