Charles M. Blow
The Devil You Know
in conversation with Jim Johnson, former chair of the Brennan Center for Justice
Thursday, February 11, 7 pm
“The distinguished New York Times columnist offers a daring but utterly sensible plan to advance Black civil rights….Valuable as a thought experiment alone but also an “actual plan” for effecting lasting political change.” —Kirkus Reviews
Charles Blow is a longtime New York Times Op-Ed columnist focusing on politics, public opinion and social justice. His award-winning memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” has been adapted for the operatic stage.
Acclaimed columnist and author Charles Blow never wanted to write a “race book.” But as violence against Black people—both physical and psychological—seemed only to increase in recent years, culminating in the historic pandemic and protests of the summer of 2020, he felt compelled to write a new story for Black Americans. He envisioned a succinct, counterintuitive, and impassioned corrective to the myths that have for too long governed our thinking about race and geography in America. Drawing on both political observations and personal experience as a Black son of the South, Charles set out to offer a call to action by which Black people can finally achieve equality, on their own terms.
So what will it take to make lasting change when small steps have so frequently failed? It’s going to take an unprecedented shift in power. The Devil You Know is a groundbreaking manifesto, proposing nothing short of the most audacious power play by Black people in the history of this country. This book is a grand exhortation to generations of a people, offering a road map to true and lasting freedom.