‘Edward is brown like roast turkey’: Studies in Crap remembers why we needed hip-hop

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Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power.

“Black people are different colors,” Vivian Church points out on page four of Colors Around Me her marvelously blunt children’s book. Then, page after page, Church and illustrator Sherman Beck celebrate the unique shades of African-American skin, mostly by encouraging kids to point out how much each other’s flesh resembles things like roast turkey.

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