CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?This powerful work by K. Gerald Torrence is a collection of thirty-four reflective essays that explore the gritty truth about structural racism and white privilege in America. Torrence is interested in thing more and thing less than the truth. And in America's Original Sin, he explores the painful truth about the four-hundred-year odyssey of the Negro in America-the scourge of racism that stretches back to the arrival of the first slave ship in 1619 and continues today, insidiously, despite the election of the nation's first black president. Exposing the delusional falsehoods that keep the troubling reality of black lives hidden from view, this book speaks truth to the ecomic, political, and social forces that collude, with ample help from the mainstream media, to sweep the lack of progress toward freedom and equality under the rug. From cable news to professional sports to the US Justice Department and President Barack Hussein Obama himself, one and topic is off limits as Torrence takes readers on a fearlessly honest journey through the eyes of today's African-American. With the naked truth exposed, America's Original Sin ultimately issues a call to mobilize a return to the rich heritage of black America.
K. Gerald Torrence is a lawyer, educator, writer, and social activist living in Atlanta, Georgia. Having grown up in a family of lifelong educators, he understands the importance of information and education in raising the consciousness and improving the upward mobility of oppressed peoples. He received his undergraduate degree at Morehouse College and his juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. After practicing law for nineteen years, he returned to academia and spent over ten years as an assistant professor teaching business law at Tuskegee University, Morehouse College, Philander Smith College, and Arkansas Baptist College. He is the owner and founder of The Truth Teller Enterprises, a platform for social justice, political activism, and cultural consciousness. His writings have been published in the Denver Urban Spectrum and Atlanta-area publications. He is also an ordained Baptist minister in Atlanta. Torrence blogs at www.the-truth-teller.com.