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Book Title: The Wheat Money|
The author of the book: Kristl Tyler
ISBN 13: 9781499755275
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Edition: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of issue: June 22nd 2014
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The Wheat Money is the true story of two families; one white, the other black. In 2005, the families merged through marriage and a mixed-race child was born. Will that child, as she grows older, want to know why, when her parents met, one had a master's degree and a high paying job and the other was homeless and addicted to crack? The story of The Wheat Money begins in 1865, the same year the slaves were freed. Over 150 years of history, we see how one family was lifted up while the other continued to be held down. Tyler recounts the facts but also catalogs the economic, political and psychological forces that drove overtly racist policies, and encouraged the bigoted behavior of white Americans. She covers the racial bribe; last place aversion; and propaganda techniques like "othering" and fear-mongering. After following the families decade-by-decade, you'll arrive in the modern era to find a middle-class white mother and a Jim Crow-born black father trying to bring up their child together and finding no topic more incendiary than discussions of child rearing techniques. Both parents believe that they must prepare their child for her future. But should she be groomed to survive a gang jump in? Or is she better off developing the skills to defend a dissertation?
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Read information about the authorKristl Tyler was born in the Summer of 1968 just two days after Robert Kennedy's assassination. Two short months had passed since April, when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and cities like Chicago and Washington D.C. exploded in protest.
When Kristl was four years old, the Supreme Court declared that busing would have to be used to integrate her town's schools. By that time, almost two decades had passed since the Supreme Court's declaration that segregated schools were unconstitutional, yet most of the nation's schools, both within the South and outside of it, remained segregated.
Her parents had attended desegregated colleges in Washington and California. So while other white parents frantically scraped together funds to put their children into private schools, she and her siblings were sent off to the neighborhood elementary school as if nothing controversial was afoot.
Racists had long railed against miscegenation and claimed that segregation was the only way to keep whites and blacks from forming romantic relationships and later, mixed-race babies.
Sure enough, by the second week of first grade, Kristl was crushing on a classmate nicknamed "Big Red." Not only was he tall, cute, and a good athlete -- he had the coolest bell bottom pants anyone in her hometown had ever seen. If those things weren't enough to captivate and intrigue her, he also wore a Black Power Afro Pick in his hair everyday, even though he knew he'd get in trouble for doing so.
Kristl wasn't just smitten with Big Red, she gravitated toward her black female classmates as well. They had a confidence she aspired to emulate. Throughout elementary school all her best girl friends were black girls.
In those early school years, Kristl often wondered why nearly all the blacks in her hometown were poor, while almost none of the white families were. Then, when she was in fourth grade, she watched the Roots mini-series on television and it all seemed very clear, and very unjust.
During middle school and junior high, Kristl bent to peer pressure and ran with the all-white popular crowd. She felt guilty when her white friends said things that seemed racist but she held her tongue in order to fit in. Then, during her sophomore year in high school, she broke ranks with her clique, crossed over the color line a second time and never looked back.
By 2005, she'd been dating a former NFL player with a phenomenally promising 2nd career for almost a decade. Then, shortly after moving to an inner-city neighborhood, she broke off her existing relationship. She'd become romantically intrigued by a kind-hearted, homeless felon.
When her family learned of her strange new relationship they erupted with disapproval. Visiting her sister's house, her mixed-race nephew broke an awkward silence by paraphrasing a popular song:
"We know Kristl ain't a gold digger, cuz she's messin' with a broke n!99@"
She and William would go on to marry and have a child together. Kristl began to research genealogy for both sides of the family shortly after her daughter, Leah, was born. Learning that slavery was just a few generations in the past came as a shock to her, but having a new baby and a husband battling addiction meant most of her research results got pushed into a shoebox and shoved in a closet.
In 2011, with her mother's health fading, her parents called a family meeting to explain that some wheat land in Washington State was going to be passed on to her and her siblings within months.
"We own land," Kristl told William, "You and me. Isn't that weird?"
When a three-thousand-dollar check arrived in the mail a few months later, Kristl went into a tailspin. She'd always been painfully aware that most whites had things easier than most blacks but now it seemed almost comically unjust. In an attempt to ease the guilt that came from spending the check, she wrote a short mea culpa essay for an Austin, Texas magazine. The ar
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