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Books are words that thinking authors try to transform into logical actions for readers to imagine the reality of ideas and ideals.  David Andersson Editor of Pressenza, NY hopes to articulate certain moral, intellectual, social, and humanist principles and values to which America, its socio-political-humanitarian constructs, and the Western cultures and civilizations should be analyzed. It is a courageous thought more so as he noted George Floyd’s ever global echo: “I cannot breathe… I cannot breathe…” causing sensational outrage across the globe.

By PhD. Mahboob A. Khawaja

To a rational analyst, David Andersson stands at a critical stage of the humanist journey to expose global notions of human equality, equal human dignity, the right to vote, and participation in all domains of human affairs.  American history offers a stunning embarrassed silence of historic exploitation and manipulation of black people at the epicenter of cataclysm for generations to come. Andersson tries to refresh that ongoing fearsome and ferocious flow of human tragedy that could have been a subject of revulsion if there were proactive thinkers, idealists, and political agents unlike President Trump or white supremacists to make it happen in the context of formative American history.

David Andersson choice of topics and issues attest to his moral and intellectual belief to examine a wide range of contemporary issues for the 21st century informed readers – how people must have felt pain, anguish and cruelty in circumstances that American history cannot narrate to the present or futuristic generations to enhance the ideals of Thomas Pain’s Common Sense (1776) – a tale of time to envisage the future:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among those are Life, LIBERTY AND PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS….”

Andersson could well be echoing the reasoning often pursued by Late Professor Howard Zinn in The People’s History of the United States.  His chapter “The Roots of Violence in the United States Lies in the White Community” sounds correspond to a tyrannical tale. Zinn had a passion to clarify and analyze the facts of life and the wide range of socio-economic and political injustices imposed on the indigenous people across North America and Latin America.

When responsible authors analyze the humanitarian issues and explore workable alternatives and diagnostic remedies to restore an inner sense of humanity that We are One People, One Humanity, that is what David Andersson is trying to imagine for corrective actions: “That is What We Really Need” – a chapter with considerable vitality in its rational objectivity for a better world.

In any waking American consciousness of racial inequality, violence, exploitation, and systematic disharmony towards people of color and black folks, the prevalent conditions of time and history do not appear to be foretelling any solid legal or political movement for proactive change to imagine that Andersson’s dreams and intellectual imagination will realize its mission and priorities to become part of any workable rational legislative conclusion in American culture of freedom and liberty – words that are in desperate need of new interpretations and explanations to be relevant for a sustainable future.

 Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD. ( Social Science, Syracuse University, New York), specializes in international affairs-global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including the latest: One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution. Lambert Academic Publications, Germany, 12/2019.

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