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About: Tribulations of an Afro-Latino Caribbean Man
I am always smiling and making lemonade out of lemons. Given the tribulations of my past and present in America, many may wonder why.
Tribulations of an Afro-Latino Caribbean Man: Racism Didn't Stop My Smile, Hope, Or Journey Forward is available now. I will continue to add my other books to Substack and inform you as they are reformatted for the platform. Paid subscribers to my “Egberto Off The Record” Newsletter can now read all of my current and subsequent books here on Substack and on the Substack app. Is that worth a coffee or so a month which in turn supports Progressive Independent Media? I am sure you would agree with me that it does
So here is the teaser for this book.
I try to maintain a disposition that makes most very comfortable speaking to me about any subject. Time and time again, I am asked why most people who have been aggrieved do not handle the various societal angsts the way that I do. With these comments, they seem to believe that my smile and positivity infer that my experience differs from those who have lived and continue to live with the same or similar involuntary societal handicaps (racism, xenophobia, etc.). That is not the case.
The truth is that I have gone through just about everything every aggrieved person has gone through. I choose to address them differently. After all, insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result.
I have chosen a form of civility that does not compromise my values or ethics but, at the same time, leave the door open for dialogue. I recently gave a talk on civility that is apropos.
I wrote this book to give dozens of examples in my complete life where I endured racism, prejudice, unfair business practices, unfair banking, and much more. As I grew older, I used every single one of these incidents as teaching moments in the various platforms I published. I taught myself to abstract the systemic from the personal. In so doing, I can apply the judgemental to the systemic and empathy and understanding, to the person.
Please read it in the spirit that I wrote it. We should not be defensive on these issues but proactive. Let’s get more woke.