In Looking over Black Shoulders readers are immersed in a Black America that lives a different yet parallel existence.

Over 60 black and white photographs help illustrate similarities such as:

  • The Jim Crow Laws: a series of segregation laws set to keep Whites subservient to Blacks 
  • White face: Blacks paint their faces white and put on skits meant to imitate and ridicule White Americans
  • The Black Riders Association: a group of Black extremists who use terror, arson and murder to make certain Blacks stay in power
  • The Civil Rights Movement: White Americans demand equal treatment under the law

Description

In Looking over Black Shoulders, black and white Americans relive some of the most controversial and turbulent history in America …a history simply known as Jim Crow. But things are not what they appear to be and are anything but simple.


History has now been rewritten and each group will relive this history through the others’ eyes in an effort to see the others perspective on race. White Americans feel the shame of Jim Crow by becoming its primary target. Black Americans are in control of this new land called America.


After the Civil War, the black South becomes more determined in maintaining its previous control over the newly freedmen by instituting laws to ensure that black supremacy never dies. Every area of society is affected. There are Jim Crow courts, hospitals, schools, and public accommodations.


A pictorial journey depicts the struggle of white Americans as they try to secure equal treatment under the law. Although racism acts as a chameleon by assuming a new color its vileness does not change. It is just as ruthless as it was before. From voting to education, Jim Crow laws maximizes racial hatred and finally culminates into having to have the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court, to make a decision on whether or not segregation in public schools is constitutional.


In the end, the U.S. President gets involved and Jim Crow towards white Americans is finally banned. Black Americans are forced to live with those they once ostracized. Black business owners can no longer legally discriminate against white Americans. Doors once closed to a few are now opened to all. But even more shocking is the final discovery.

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Consistently well-developed, Looking over Black Shoulders is a searing work of historical imagination and perspective that succeeds in turning America on its head. Not since John Howard Griffin s Black Like Me has a writer so captured the essence of American race relations.

Tom Layne, 

Author of The Assassination of Rush Limbaugh

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A fascinating and provocative eye-opener that produces a vertigo-inducing perspective on race relations in the United States and that in the end, admirably demonstrates that it doesn’t matter who holds the whip and who receives the lashing, the core problems remain the same.

Brenton Butler, 

Author of They Said It Was Murder

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A counterfactual roller coaster ride. Adam Perkin’s topsy-turvy world tackles the issue of race relations in a bold new way. This speculative history of an alternate America is a brilliantly clever way of exploring race relations with children, as well as adults.

Edward M. Brittingham (Capt., USN Ret.), 

Author of The Iranian Deception

FARQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED RACE QUESTIONS) answered by AuthorALPerkins

1. What was Dr. M.L. King Jrs' message to Whites?

Dr. King had a profound love for humanity. He didn’t have a message for “white” people per se. However, he consistently confronted what he saw as a peculiar idleness on the part of white Americans. He wanted them to get involved because he understood that injustice never discriminates. Thus, by doing nothing, one only digs his own grave. 

2. Does the church have a responsibility to bring the races together? If so, why or why not?

I believe the church does have a responsibility to preach and teach the love of Christ. There’s nothing wrong with people of all races coming together to fellowship. By mingling and talking they are likely to discover so many similarities that even the differences become something to cherish.

3. Does reverse racism even exist?

If there’s a power shift, then people can act unbecoming. But then, tit for tat has never been nothing more than the same issue in disguise. Human behavior whether good or bad is never race based.

4. Why is there a Black History Month and not a white one? Isn’t that racist?

In America, there was a raping of identity of people of color. It’s important to highlight achievements and contributions not so much because of color but because of ability. When people can see others achieving or have achieved some great height, they can conclude without debate the merits of a man or woman doesn’t rest solely on the external but rather when equal opportunity to excel is granted people regardless of race can achieve. Knowledge belongs to all people equally.

In terms of a white history month, I don’t see it as racist because everything in this society already caters to that culture. All cultures are relevant and the fabric of humanity is woven with people. Not just a selective group or few.

5. Why is it cultural appropriation when white people rap or are into hip-hop culture?

Music is an expression. Often, rap and hip hop expresses the struggle that many people of color have endured. Whites may not have experienced this type of struggle. So, when a white person raps or present their own version of hip-hop, it’s in many ways seen as stealing and even a mockery. But again, I would say let’s come together and understand the messages of black rap and hip hop because once you know why the caged bird sings, only then can you truly hear the song.

6. Do people need to stop worrying about race? Who cares? Why can’t people just accept others for who they are?

I think there’s no need to worry at all. Focusing on race has prevented progress in so many areas. I often think about the many cures to diseases or other contributions to math and science that is buried in the graves across our nation simply because people failed to accept others. We should all want good neighbors. We should want people who are honest and of good integrity. Besides what a person looks like on the outside, that may be the only thing you have in common. Who a person is on the outside is only half their story. But if you’re into reading only half a book, you’ll always be misinformed. 

Comment was Facebook Fan; Shawn P.: "No we need to separate our selves from whites period" [?]

In doing this, assuming it was possible, what would be accomplished? Division is never a solution. History has proven this over and over again. As it’s been said, no man is an island to himself. No puzzle can be completed if a piece is missing. We are all part of the same puzzle. Working together is the only viable solution.  

About The Author

Why am I Qualified to speak on this matter?

Adam Perkins also Known as, AuthorALPerkins America’s Race Doctor, writer of this work is a Graduate Student finalizing his MBA at UNC at Wilmington, and an ordained elder in the SDA Christian church. He has also served as a law enforcement officer and attended law school. He has a BA degree in Psychology and published his first paper on race relations while serving as a US Army officer at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Perkins insists that bringing people together across racial lines is possible, but only if they are ready to change. He believes when we all find racism offensive, then we will make progress in minimizing its societal effects. Thus, he lectures across the country introducing a new psychology of racism that has revealed the bridge to America’s racism issue.
Perkins has also served in the US Military, beginning his career as an enlisted man. He excelled academically and was later accepted into the Virginia Military Academy where he was the only African American to matriculate as a commissioned officer in his class.
With more than 30 years of extensive exploration, passion and personal experiences he has proven to be an effective and competent speaker on race related issues. In college he served as an active orator on race-related issues.
Perkins believes that higher institutions of learning must be more engaging and inclusive on the subject of racism. “We now have a tool by which racism can be presented more equally as a humanitarian issue and not inadvertently just as a black issue.”

“The first step in combating racism is for all Americans to see racism the same way,” says Perkins. “My desire is that people will read the book and re-evaluate their views on race relations in this country.”

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