Sunday, November 10, 2013

Compensatory Book Review Followup

In the earlier review of The United-Independent Compensatory Code System Concept a textbook/workbook for Thought, Speech and/or Action for Victims of Racism (white supremacy) by Neely Fuller Jr., I stated:

"If the author's thesis is correct, this will likely be the most important "book" you could ever read on the subject.
NOTE: I put "book" in quotes because to assume that its "just another book", would be a monumental mistake."
As noted above, I now understand better why "book" was the wrong term to use.

It is because of the limited scope in which we typically envision a book that I was hesitant to use the term.

Yes, by all standards and conventions, it is a paperback book. There are words on papers that are bound together along the left-hand margin. There is a spine and a front cover and a back cover. Each page/paper is numbered, and the pages are sequential - it is a "book."

But it is more than a book, and even the title of the book ("workbook") indicates as much.

It is a tool/toolkit and should be viewed and used as such.

It's not a novel, nor a suspense, nor a crime-thriller.

It's not science fiction  nor is it"street-lit".

It is a tool in the same vein as a fork, a pencil, a hammer,  a drill, a screwdriver, a lettuce shredder, a hydraulic jack.

Each tool has a specific purpose and you use it when you need it.

The intention of the workbook is identical to that of every other tool.

One reads a suspense novel for enjoyment, escapism, or some other personal satisfaction.

A victim of racism reads AND uses the suggestions in the workbook because they are in need of tools/equipment to accomplish a specific task.

That is why it is more than a book, it is a tool. It is a workbook for thought, speech, and action.

Eric Spann (copyright 2014)

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