September 13, 2018
Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us
"Under Our Skin" delivers a complexity and tensions that so many Americans are afraid to discuss in
public. What would impress a reader about this book is that the author is a Football player that is
financially stable, educated, and successful but still has experienced the pain and consequences of
having dark skin. He has used his platform to discuss the issues that the media are reporting daily.
Watson's book examines the media aspect, how he feels and determines what he thinks can connect the
divided lines. Watson felt that it didn't matter how much ball he plays or how much money he makes,
when he takes off his uniform he is not obsolete from enduring some of the pain that so many African
Americans are facing daily. The book is worth reading and it makes a lot of strong points, but it is only
recommended among readers as a discussion setting. It is intended to start a conversation and to get
each side a starting point to begin that discussion. It also tells the stories of different things that are
happening in the world, Watson's childhood and how he uses his circumstances to balance out his life. I
felt the need to go through each chapter and review the dynamics of each individual subject, because I
was afraid to miss any of the authors points.
This book originated from a Facebook post after reading the verdict of the Michael Brown case. The
grand jury decided on November 24, 2014 that Darren Wilson would not be indicted of the shooting,
because there wasn't any probable cause.
This was the day that Benjamin Watson, a New Orleans Saints
tight end was playing against the Baltimore Rams. The next day Mr. Watson sits in the car and while
waiting on his wife, he decides to write a Facebook post that had twelve titles that described the way he
felt. His different feelings included his frustrations, his embarrassment, and his hopefulness just to name