“Not a Nation of Immigrants" by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Updated: Jun 1

Please purchase and read/listen to “Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz before our virtual meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).



The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation's Reading for Understanding monthly virtual book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.


What is the meaning of “we are a nation of immigrants”? This book critically dispels the innocence behind that statement. Dunbar-Ortiz helps us to understand how that statement is dishonest and harmful to people living in America.

– Alicia and Sabrina, Reading for Understanding Workgroup


“Whether in political debates or discussions about immigration around the kitchen table, many Americans, regardless of party affiliation, will say proudly that we are a nation of immigrants. In this bold new book, historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz asserts this ideology is harmful and dishonest because it serves to mask and diminish the US's history of settler colonialism, genocide, white supremacy, slavery, and structural inequality, all of which we still grapple with today.”

Source: https://rep.club/products/not-a-nation-of-immigrants?_pos=1&_sid=94fc50c7a&_ss=r




Purchase the book from Reparations Club, Los Angeles, California.


Each month we are celebrating a black-owned bookstore. Please consider supporting Reparations Club, Los Angeles, California, https://rep.club

Purchase: https://rep.club/products/not-a-nation-of-immigrants?_pos=1&_sid=94fc50c7a&_ss=r


Please purchase and read/listen to “Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz before our virtual meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).


Reading for Understanding


Monthly virtual book discussions hosted by the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation


As a learning organization, the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation seeks to provide opportunities to promote understanding and empathy. Book discussions provide participants with a shared experience and an opportunity to engage with others.


The Center’s Reading for Understanding monthly book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.


What should a participant expect?


Participants should expect an email with a read-ahead presentation and a one question quiz to access the meeting credentials preceding the event. All book discussions are two hours and use Zoom breakout rooms to create small virtual discussion groups. We start together as a large group (7-7:10pm), briefly return to a large group at the half-way point (7:50-8pm) and conclude as a large group (8:40-9pm). Virtual doors open at 6:45pm, unless otherwise noted. All times are Eastern United States.


Support black-owned bookstores.


Where and how you choose to spend money has power. Visit https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php to find a store in your area or shop directly from https://aalbc.com.


“African American Literature Book Club, AALBC.com is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books by, or about, people of African descent. Started in 1997, AALBC.com is a widely recognized source of information about Black authors.”

Source: AALBC.com


Participants are encouraged to continue learning through the Center’s Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series and join our Finding Your Voice Program.


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