Jane Clark Scharl 4 In the s, Robert Nisbet summarized the effects of nineteenth-century individualism on modern humans in the book The Quest for Community: The wound that was open in the s has scabbed over, and many of us struggle to imagine an existence besides the individualistic one Nisbet describes, where we are responsible for our own self-definition, accountable to no one for what we choose to become—and bereft of social grounding in a community. Community is the catchphrase of our day, a rallying point for people with wildly varying backgrounds and who agree on very little besides its importance. Without bothering to define community, everybody agrees that we all want it—so long as we do not have to give up the apparent freedom that comes with individualism.
The more you delve and backtrack and think, the more clear it becomes that nothing has a discrete, independent history; people and events take shape not in orderly, chronological sequence but in relation to other forces and events, tangled skeins of necessity and interdependence and chance that after all could have produced only one result: Robby is serving a life se "You never know exactly when something begins.
Robby is serving a life sentence as accomplice to murder. John is an author, scholar, professor. The writing is dense and evocative. The reader is compelled to face some hard truths about the Black experience in the US as well as our increasingly dysfunctional prison system.
Wideman has transcribed his brother's words about how the happenstances of his place of birth and color of skin led him to trouble.
This retelling is mingled with Wideman's own reflections on life in the ghetto in the 's and the struggles of dealing with the stigma of not being White. Tragically, not much has changed during the ensuing decades. Young men of color still find themselves trapped in the violent world of poverty and hopelessness.
Police still viciously target people based on skin color.
Politicians still have to take a stand on rights for people who aren't white. Most heartbreaking is the knowledge that 30 years after the book was written, our judicial system is pushing an ever increasing percentage of the population into the prison system.
A system that is ill-equipped to differentiate between habitual offenders and candidates for rehabilitation and release.
The family of the victim in the case of Robby Wideman successfully sued the hospital where he was treated for malpractice.
His death was caused, not by a gun shot, but by shoddy medical treatment, making Robby Wideman guilty of being an accomplice to attempted homicide. Not a life sentence. Still, he remains in prison. There's nothing easy or uplifting about this book.
Nor should there be. The book probed my interest at first, but was unable to fully capture it and I set the book down to be read later.
When I picked it up again, I found myself connecting with John and began to develop a sense of what it was like to pass through those walls every visit. I appreciated Robby's part of the story because I could sympathize with him and his perspective created conflicting emotions between what John felt about him and what I, the r I read this book for an assignment for my English class.
I appreciated Robby's part of the story because I could sympathize with him and his perspective created conflicting emotions between what John felt about him and what I, the reader, felt about him.
I was trying to fit myself in John's shoes and Robby's shoes at the same time. I hadn't been listening closely enough, so I missed the story announcing itself.
When I caught on, there I was, my listening, waiting self part of the story, listening, waiting for me.In John Edgar Wideman’s essay “Our Time” he explores the experiences his brother Robby went through and circumstance that led Robby’s imprisonment while he became a well-recognized writer.
He considers how someone from your family, grow up the same way as you could live such a different life. In the s, Robert Nisbet summarized the effects of nineteenth-century individualism on modern humans in the book The Quest for Community: “[Nineteenth-century] individualism has resulted in masses of normless, unattached, insecure individuals who lose even the capacity for independent, creative living.”His brutally honest assessment is only more true today; our public universities are.
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Who are we to chose who will die and who will spend the rest of their lives in jail. These are just a few of the problems people see in the death penalty. A haunting portrait of lives arriving at different destinies, Brothers and Keepers is John Edgar Wideman’s seminal memoir about two brothers — one an award-winning novelist, the other a fugitive wanted for robbery and murder.
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Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman was written in order to provide a story that broken families can relate to. It was also written in order to spread the author and his brother's hatred for the United States criminal justice system and their backwards political beliefs/5.