Prejudice is an unfavorable opinion of someone or something formed beforehand without any real reason. A hate crime is motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, and typically involves violence. There are black people who hate white people. There are white people who hate black people. Tempers flare when amidst the abundance of bad opinions and hatred a person of one race dates a person of another race. A person who dares to do such a thing is called a sellout.
“Why does it always have to be about race? Why can't two people just love each other and not get harassed for it?” Sellout, by James W. Lewis, focuses on how irrationally and violently many people react when they see interracial couples.
The story focuses on three very well-developed characters. Terrell is a successful black optometrist who has sworn off black women after a bad experience with a former girlfriend. Penelope is a white woman who grew up in a small hick town. Her redneck father and brother are hardcore racists. Tammy is a successful loan officer who finds out her lazy, unemployed, and good-for-nothing boyfriend really isn't good for anything. Along with all of his other shady activities, she discovers that he is cheating on her.
The first half of the story has unexpected twists and turns. The last half of the story has some pretty major suspense thrown in that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make it hard for you to put the book down.
The part that got to me the most was about the rednecks that showed such hatred for black people. I have known people who act that way. It takes a really sad person to be consumed by so much hate. There is a murder, some pretty serious violence, and there is reconciliation. This is definitely a book worth reading.
This author's style of writing makes it seem as though he is personally telling you the story. Because of some profanity and erotic scenes I would consider this to be an adult novel, but the lessons learned from reading this story are valuable to those of any age.
I was sent a copy of a PDF version of this book free of charge by the author. If you would like a copy of this book to read and enjoy yourself, I have provided an Amazon link below.