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Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race–And Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us

Under Our Skin Getting Real about Race And Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us Can it ever get better This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide in which Ferguson Charleston and the Confederate flag dominate the n

  • Title: Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race–And Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us
  • Author: Benjamin Watson Ken Petersen
  • ISBN: 9781496413291
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Can it ever get better This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider is there hope for honest and healing conversation For finally coming to understand each other on issues that aCan it ever get better This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider is there hope for honest and healing conversation For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much than black and white An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, Watson has taken the Internet by storm with his remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day Now, in Under Our Skin, Watson draws from his own life, his family legacy, and his role as a husband and father to sensitively examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing.

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    1. As a white man I think every white person would benefit from reading this book. Watson's perspective is balanced and his tone is gracious but he does not shy away from pointed realities and uncomfortable truths. I felt convicted and encouraged reading this book and am REALLY thankful he wrote it. He blends the realities of cultural issues with personal responsibility with the gospel. It is a hopeful book, but not in an unrealistic or willfully ignorant way. I gained great respect for Benjamin Wa [...]

    2. "So when our God-given differences make us think we are somehow better than others, we must reevaluate the foolishness of our thinking."-Under Our Skin By Benjamin Watson is an amazing read which I recommend to every race and gender. This book is needed especially with the racial divide going on today. Mr. Watson attacks all angles of the Racial Hate crimes, excessive force and police shootings. As a successful Black NFL player he acknowledges that Racial biases are evident but there are ways of [...]

    3. I don’t ever write reviews but I have to say I am thankful I read this book. It took me a while to start it but once I did I read it in less than a day. I think everyone would benefit from Watson’s insights and truthfulness. He doesn’t shy away from hard truths on any side in the racial divide and he’s given me a lot to think about and process.

    4. Summary: Watson posted a series of thoughts on his Facebook page after the grand jury decision in the Ferguson case. As a result of the viral response, he wrote this book to expand on his reactions as a black man to this decision.Benjamin Watson is a tight end who plays for the New Orleans Saints and participates on the executive committee of the NFL Players Association. He is an African American and also deeply committed Christian. On Monday, November 24, 2014, he was playing against the Baltim [...]

    5. Powerful. An open and honest presentation of racism as a sin problem. While Benjamin Watson does interjects theology and faith into his presentation, he is not overly preachy. I can and already have recommended this book as a source for addressing the race problem in America.Powerful. An insightful, objective and honest presentation of racism as a sin problem. Although Watson approaches the issue from a theological and faith perspective, he is not overly preachy. In fact, much of his presentatio [...]

    6. What an amazing book. I have long been impressed with Watson's playing and his life off the field. This book should be required reading. It is humbling and convicting. Well done Benjamin Watson!

    7. I'm a 49 year old white christian man, married with 3 kids, never been in jail, never harmed anyone intentionally, grew up in an all white town, never associated with many other races until I joined the military, with all the racial tension in America I thought it wise to start checking my own heart.As a football fan, I was interested in hearing from Ben Watson who plays Tight End for the New Orleans Saints currently, and won a Superbowl with the Patriots. I picked it up and was quickly drawn in [...]

    8. Days after Michael Brown was killed, NFL Tight End Benjamin Watson posted a heartfelt note on Facebook expressing his raw emotions about Ferguson and race relations in America. The post went viral. Under Our Skin is Watson’s expanded thoughts on race and racism. Each chapter covers one of his emotions (anger, fear, frustration, hopelessness, etc) and details his thoughts and experiences growing up black in America. He shares anecdotes about himself and his family and friends, while also pullin [...]

    9. Incredibly enlightening to read this book, especially as a white person. The author writes things that I didn't even know how badly I needed to hear. One of the greatest surprises to me was how even the most law-abiding black citizens view the police given the nature of historical and current altercations. I often forget how different the world can be for a black man my own age with his own family. He has to teach his kids about things that I won't have to teach mine and endure what I don't have [...]

    10. This book was so well written. Mr. Watson helped me to understand more about myself and how I view race. He helped me look deep inside and see areas where I should change my assumptions about various ethnicities, primarily whites, but other races as well. This is a book that I highly recommend and that everyone should read.

    11. This is a fantastic book! While I do not agree with everything Benjamin Watson says, he made me reexamine my opinions multiple times. This book caused me to think more than any book in a long time.I highly recommend this book.

    12. A great book; really challenged me to rethink some of my own biases and assumptions. Watson is an engaging writer, and I loved how honest and Gospel-saturated this book is.

    13. “We are beautifully different. But we are commonly human.”One thing I love seeing is professional athletes using their platform to make a change in our world. It’s one of my favorite reasons to watch sports. One such athlete? Benjamin Watson. I promise it’s not just because he wears a Saints jersey (although BONUS INTERNET), but because he has done so much good in his community (he’s up for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award this year) and his recent book once again shows this [...]

    14. After the deaths of young men like Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, the issue of race in America has resurfaced. Arguably, it has never gone away. Yet with new voices like Bree Newcomb and the Black Lives Matter movement, we are being reminded that racism has not been buried.Among the many books that have come out since the events in Ferguson, Benjamin Watson’s Under Our Skin seeks to address these contentious issues from a spiritual perspective. What started out as a Facebook status, wrestli [...]

    15. I read Under Our Skin about a year ago, but never got around to reviewing it. Now seemed like a good time. I had no intention of reading this book when it came out. I am a fan of Benjamin Watson, but I read mostly for pleasure, and a book about racism didn't really seem to fit that bill. However, after seeing the book in the library one day I realized if I'm going to cheer for Watson on the football field every Sunday and look forward to his social media posts in chaotic times, then I owed it to [...]

    16. I think that these two statement sum up what I appreciate about this book."At the root of racism is a flawed view of ourselves.""I'm encouraged because God has provided a solution for sin through his son, Jesus, and with it a transformed heart and mind. The cure for the tragedies is not education or exposure. It is the gospel."At the end of the day, the book is a conversation, a dialogue, to start a discussion on race. Watson doesn't expect agreement with all his points. But he wants people to t [...]

    17. Based on his viral blog post termed "it's a sin problem, not skin problem" this book gracefully explores Benjamin Watson's thoughts on race. A very personal book. I enjoyed it and learned quite a bit. Recommend.

    18. [For so many people, the racial divide is an argument, a political position, a debate But keeping our distance isn't working. It's not an option anymore. This is about you and me. It's about our neighbors, our children and our world.]

    19. Definitely great insight into racial issues from Benjamin Watson. He speaks from a place of authority and offers insight to both white and black reactions to issues in America. Definitely worth the read. It's a quick read, but powerful.

    20. Amazing read, great points and really tries to get everyone to think about it, I love his bringing in the importance of religion and God.

    21. I had heard this story before. Harvey* sat at our dining room table recounting once again his experience of being in the army down south. He was off base one day with a friend when a bunch of white men drove by in a pickup truck and yelled out: “We got your N———!” Later he found out that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated only a few hours earlier. This was a definitive moment in his life. He has shared this story with me on many occasions. Whenever I bring up Christ he cannot get [...]

    22. Under Our Skin is a book that I've been looking for, written by a black man about the Black experience in America. What a refreshing read this is, especially after I recently read two other books by renowned African Americans (Coates's Between the World and Me and Pierce's The Wind in the Reeds) about racial issues that have left me gravely disappointed and utterly perplexed. Why has Coates's book been highly praised by so many, including some Evangelical authors I follow? You can read about why [...]

    23. This is a fantastic book for anyone hoping to understand a clearer picture of the ongoing race issues in America. I read Benjamin Watson's Facebook post following the Ferguson trial results and was impressed with his sincere, compassionate, intelligent, faith-inspired response. I try to be someone who tries to consider the different perspectives involved in an issue rather than reacting emotionally out of my own experience. I was not looking for an extreme perspective (black or white) on the cur [...]

    24. Introspective and convicting, this book is particularly relevant for Americans to read right now.  Written by Ben Watson, an NFL football player, this book is somewhat of a memoir and also a commentary on the racial tensions that America continues to struggle with over 50 years after Jim Crow laws were abolished.  Watson writes in a unique manner, using certain emotions that Americans face when they look and reflect on the racial tensions within our country as chapter titles and addressing eac [...]

    25. Simply excellent.Benjamin Watson goes to the heart of our problems with race, and that is the problem of the heart. What he says is simple while not being simplistic. I found myself nodding and agreeing on just about every page. This book is an expansion of this professional football player’s thoughts from hiswidely-read, widely-shared, and widely-appreciated article following the Ferguson grand-jury verdict in 2014.Watson writes, “What is under our skin, and under the skin problem in Americ [...]

    26. “We are beautifully different. But we are commonly human.”This book untwisted a lot of what has become twisted up in my mind as I see the results of hate all around me. As I read each chapter a myriad of emotions were validated: anger, embarrassment, frustration, confusion, fear to name a few!Racism is alive and well, but as Benjamin Watson so truthfully puts it - it’s not a skin problem, it’s a sin problem. We focus so much of our energy on the skin, that we are blinded to the sin.Readi [...]

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