Arnetta Randall, Author of ‘Stereotypically Me,’ Explores Segregation, Police Brutality and Political Corruption in Sophomore Book Release
CHICAGO, Ill. – Arnetta Randall, author of “Stereotypically Me” will debut her new novella, “Don’t Shoot,” on November 3. The book launches on the heels of several officer-involved shootings and riots across the U.S., and is largely inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
In “Don’t Shoot,” police shootings claim the lives of one white victim and one black victim in the city of Chicago. The story details the incidents and their aftermath, spotlighting the corrupt political machine and segregation that persist in the city today.
“While we would like to think discrimination is a southern problem, there are many issues in the north,” said Arnetta Randall on her blog. “Our nation is nowhere being the post-racial society we would like to be.”
“The inequality of our systems, education, housing and the intense concentration of poverty in black and brown neighborhoods is racist,” Randall continued. “Being silent about this is violence and ignoring this racism is complicity.”
Randall also uses “Don’t Shoot” to chronicle the evolution of Black Lives Matter, an activist movement that was born following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. The movement has continued to swell in the wake of several highly publicized cases of police brutality in 2014 and 2015.
Randall is an avid blogger and published freelance writer. She explores meaningful and sometimes controversial cultural issues and weaves them into works of commercial fiction. Randall has been accepted into Northwestern’s postgraduate creative writing certificate program and will attend the Can Serrat writing residency in Spain in March 2016.