Romain's column is a must read

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Along with many current and former Oak Parkers, my husband and I have been watching America to Me with great interest. The episodes are so dense with people and incidents and images — sad, moving, heroic, troubling, perplexing — that they can be difficult to digest and even to know where to begin a discussion. 

Thus, each week, I eagerly await Michael Romain's reflections on the series. In each column, he has found a way to focus in on one profound theme, drawing from a broad range of sources — literary, scholarly, sociological, historical — for support and added insight. 

The wisdom of this paragraph from his first column has particularly stayed with me: "Race at OPRF, the film shows, is lived as an amoral fact. It's a series of real-life propositions, split-second decisions, day-to-day tradeoffs. Race is a conundrum built atop layers and layers of decisions, some good, some bad, that actual, flesh-and-blood people are forced to navigate in the here and now." 

Steve James' series is a great gift to our community, as is Michael Romain's column. I am grateful to Wednesday Journal for providing this channel for Romain's writing and intellect. And I am grateful to Romain for his exceptional work.

Susan Messer 

Oak Park

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John Duffy  

Posted: October 16th, 2018 9:18 PM

I agree, Michael Romain's insights are a gift for critical understandings of ATM. His craft has been maxed by being able to weave his own narrative and related knowledge into making sense of the cognitive and emotional roller coaster ride ATM takes us on. John Duffy, Chairperson, Committee for Equity and Excellence in Education.

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