Between Black and White by Dr. Tony Bethel
From Evanston to Englewood to Everywhere

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"An African American man reflects on his place in the world in this earnest, if uneven, memoir...while the goal of placing himself in some kind of historical context is a noble one, it becomes forced."
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"In 2042, the United States is projected to be no longer a predominantly white nation. What we must do in the interim is to have a dialogue with one another and learn to live with one another, somewhere between black and white. If we do not learn to live in peace, we only have to look at the past of the Balkans, Rwanda, Sudan, etc., as well as present-day Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, etc. Between Black and White is my personal journey and attempt to reconcile my past with the present.

Ever hopeful for the future.
Not just for myself, but my grandchild.
“Give peace a chance”
The choice is ours.

RIP
Trayvon Martin
Oscar Grant
Michael Brown
Eric Garner"
 

About Dr. Tony Bethel

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Tony attended Noyes Elementary School in Evanston, Illinois, from kindergarten to second grade (1967-69). He then moved to the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, where he attended St. Brendan's Catholic School and, upon graduation, attended Quigley Prep Seminary South. After graduation, Tony attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. In 1983, he graduated with a BS in psychology. The dynamic between black and white in this country, as well as the six inhabited continents he has visited, has always fascinated him. He thought of the things we say (or don't say) to one another, as well as the interactions in families of "mixed" heritage. Months after graduating from the U of I, Tony joined the US Navy, serving as a submariner and, later on, officer onboard a destroyer during the US involvement in the first Persian Gulf War. After nine and a half years in the navy, he became a nationally certified licensed nutritional counselor, a caregiver for the developmentally disabled, and a doctor of naprapathic medicine (Naprapath). His focus now is on manual therapy and care of the developmentally disabled. In addition to this book, he has written three books of poetry--one with his son Brian, Father and Son: a Connection through Poetry. Tony definitely believes that words and dialogue are a more efficient vehicle for change than bullets and weapons. He remains hopeful for the sake of his grandson and future generations.
 
Published May 13, 2015 by Xlibris US. 150 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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"An African American man reflects on his place in the world in this earnest, if uneven, memoir...while the goal of placing himself in some kind of historical context is a noble one, it becomes forced."

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