Author: Rickey Teems II
Headline: What Year Is It?
What if you woke up one morning and heard that hip hop had been banned? What if you woke up one morning and heard that our classrooms were going back to being segregated? What if you woke up one morning and heard that concentration camps were coming to America and the police would be putting all African-Americans into them? What if you woke up one morning and heard that all African-American athletes refused to participate in the Olympics? These series of what if’s and different scenarios are explored in the book Regression by Rickey Teems II.
The above questions are reality for Regression’s main character, Aeneas. Aeneas goes through every rollercoaster possible to save his son, Naashon, from facing this new reality. Even though Regression is a work of fiction it could very easily be our reality if our society continues down the path we are currently headed. Regression has it all: action, love, an example of what a parent is willing to sacrifice, plus it opens a dialogue about serious societal issues. Teems has written a thought-provoking piece of work and I would recommend that everyone read Regression.