I didn’t set out to write a novel built around the theme of ethnic tension. That’s not a drum I typically go around banging. But before I explain how this aspect of my novel, Strong Convictions, came about, let me first say this: Racism is neither uniquely, nor even predominantly an American disgrace. It’s not a shame restricted primarily to the beliefs and behaviors of white-skinned people. Racism is a human problem. The phenomenon has plagued the human race on every inhabited continent for millennia. And it’s ugly in all of its manifestations.
That having been said, I’d like to explain how ethnic tension became a prominent theme in Strong Convictions. Continue reading