Title: End of the Rainbow
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences/Violence in Society
Synopsis: End of the Rainbow by Bill Miller Politics, religion, racism, and sexuality are just some of the issues that force us to live in a world filled with madness and hate. All of these are controversial topics, but they don’t have to be, nor should they. Yet, we will fight and even kill just because someone else’s opinions and beliefs are different from our own. It’s impossible to understand the human mind, what makes us tick, and what sets us off. We are all so different, not referencing physical makeup or genetics, but our thought processes, behavioral patterns, what we believe in, and why. Most of us don’t even pay attention to ourselves, and most of the things that we do are second nature—born of habit and then done instinctively, because we have been a certain way for so long. The friction that exists between the peoples of the world today will not die, but will be sustained and nourished by hate and vengeance until we learn to take control of ourselves and be the people that we should be. Yet, that is not what we care to do. We would rather fight.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Bill Miller, who is a great writer with a powerful topic, today. Welcome back, Bill.
CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?
BM: The world is changing, we have to change with it. Don’t be afraid of diversity, embrace it, or be miserable.
CH: Kirkus Review described the book as “a passionate call for social change.” What inspired you to write this book?
BM: I was inspired to write this book because it bothers me when I see people mistreating others just because they are different—different race, different religion, different ethnic background, and sexual preference…whatever. Other peoples’ looks and beliefs do not have to be the same as mine in order for me to like them. In fact, the only thing that I care about is that we live in peace, and they can believe in whatever they want to believe in. The only thing that matters is that we live together free of hatred and fighting.
CH: When you are coming up with a new idea for a book, do you look at the market for topic trends? Or do you just write about your preferred topic?
BM: I like writing about current social and political issues—topics that are controversial. In the past, I preferred keeping my social and political thoughts to myself. In the last couple of years, I have developed the desire to express my views on controversial issues, especially, as they relate to the United States of America. It has always been necessary for all citizens to stand up for what they believe. If we don’t, then someone or some group will force something down our throats that we can’t swallow.
CH: How did you pick the title for this book?
BM: When we speak of the diverse skin tones in a population of people, we often refer to that diversity as, “a rainbow of colors.” Today, more and more children are born from interracial relationships. I believe that human genetics will eventually become mixed to the point that we cannot be identified, recognized, or distinguished by the color of our skin. Therefore, the title of my latest book is, End of The Rainbow. The title references my belief that all of us will someday be genetically mixed to the point that what we refer to today as “a rainbow of colors” will no longer be applicable. Instead, we will become a blend of colors with all of us having similar complexions. It will then be the end of the rainbow.
CH: Who is your target audience—politicians or citizens?
BM: My target audience includes both politicians, and citizens. I reach out to citizens to make them aware, and in some cases, just to remind them of the social constraints that affect not just minorities, but all of us, regardless of race. When we vote, we elect people to various political offices with the belief that they will represent our ideologies. We believe that because they told us so when they were campaigning for office. When they take the oath of office, they quickly forget about the promises that they made to us and initiate their own agendas. We do not have to stand by and let politicians make decisions and enact legislation based on what they believe or to act according to the influence of lobbyists and special interest groups. Public policy should be based on the desires and needs of the people and not on personal agendas that are predisposed by a powerful few.
CH: What is new and different that you bring to your readers through your type of non-fiction writing?
BM: When tackling social and political issues, there is always a divide between the beliefs of black and white people. Anyone addressing those issues that separate blacks from whites should do it with the absence of any predispositions based on race. Therefore, I think that being biracial puts me in a position to analyze racism from the perspective of both white and black people. I refuse to take sides with either race based on the color of my skin or the color of anyone else’s skin. When writing about social issues and racism, I will address both races without prejudices and without biasness.
CH: Is there a message in your book that you want the readers to grasp?
BM: I want my readers—both white and black—to realize that a new generation of thinkers are emerging. They are removing the partition that has kept people separated based on the color of their skin. They have resigned themselves from what used to be. They are not afraid of multicultural diversity. It is an adjustment that we all must make sooner or later. However slow it may seem, things are changing, but we still live in a world that is color conscious, and we must let our minds evolve.
CH: You stated that “a broken social service system” is the cause of many problems. What would be your solution for this problem?
BM: While writing about a broken social service system, I was speaking of the interrelationships or the mutual relationships that exists between individuals, groups, and institutions and their social structure, as well. There are still too many blacks and too many whites that do not associate with each other simply because of their race. We should get to know each other better. The only way to do that is to talk and mingle. Some think that institutional racism is a thing of the past, but it is not.
Institutional racism is a form of racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions, and being distinct from racism by individuals or informal social groups. It is reflected in disparities regarding criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power and education, among other things. Those that serve in these positions should be held accountable for their actions to make sure that their decisions are just and proper. Whenever equal justice and equal opportunity are sacrificed for personal reasons, then those responsible should be stripped of their rank and removed from their position.
When members of one race of people hate members of another race simply because of racial differences, then those people are ignorant and sick—they will remain like that until they become better educated; they must teach themselves, or someone must teach them that being different is alright—there’s no reason to be afraid when you see someone that is not the same color as you. Accountability is the key to making sure that all aspects of the social service system are administered fairly, and the same is true in politics. Politicians must be held accountable for their actions once elected. It should be like any other job, either you perform your duties, or be replaced.
CH: “Black and white people alike can be racist. We should stop making decisions based on the color of a person’s skin.” This has been said by many people for many years. Do you think this issue will be resolved in the coming years?
BM: I honestly do believe that the day will come when racism will die. It will not be soon, but that day will come. Today, it is not uncommon to see white grandparents or great-grandparents walking around in public holding the hand of their racially mixed grandchild or great-grandchild. When seeing them, one has to wonder if they have always been blind to black and white relationships, or did they too, at one time see blacks as an inferior race of people. How do they feel now that their blood line has been forever tarnished? Are they proud of the new addition to their family that is part white and part black, or do they just tolerate them because they have no reasonable alternative? When seeing a mixed race family, or even black and white friends enjoying life together, they do pose a beautiful sight—like things are really getting closer to where they should be. Everyone that sees them should hope that what they are looking at is real and not just make believe.
CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book?
BM: By far, most of the feedback that I get is positive. However, there are some who believe that I have failed to recognize the social changes that have taken place since the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. Some tell me that institutionalized racism is dead, but it is still alive. Below is some feedback from people that read a summary of End of the Rainbow. It was published in an online magazine.
- Thanks for sharing with us unique perspectives of a talented writer! I am looking forward to reading End of Rainbow, as soon as possible.
- I also share the same hope with the author when seeing mixed families. I hope that a consciousness of humanity arises above the present racial discriminations. I liked Mr. Miller’s style of writing, and his audacity to put forward thoughts without resorting to word games. He is straightforward, and he tells what is wrong with the US directly.
- It is very sad that in our era of economic and political advancement racism is still on the rise. I do not know what people have in mind, but it is quite common thing in the United States to see the traces of racism in the daily life, people seem to be immune to their long-held beliefs.
- Institutional racism—things that limited opportunities based on skin color— died at least four decades ago. The only active racism today is by 60’s throwbacks and a delusional, self-serving president. The subject would disappear altogether to the benefit of people distinguished by skin color if people would quit writing about it. Personal prejudice is a polyglot of perceptions to no cultural effect.
The last comment above seems to have been from someone with the opinion that writers like myself perpetuate racism. I think that whomever wrote that comment is a person that is delusional and will forever be what they are today—seeing no need to be anything other than what they already are.
CH: What was your favorite part while writing the book?
BM: I didn’t have a favorite part while writing End of the Rainbow. In fact, I hated everything that I wrote about. I wrote about truths that hurt when I think about them, but I did it anyway.
CH: Is there anything else you would like to share about the book?
BM: The last three or four chapters of the book are hypothetical, or conjectural, but not out of the range of possibilities should a radical group become strong enough to make it happen.
CH: So, what’s next for you as an author?
BM: Currently, I’m writing a book that is fiction. I like to let my mind run wild sometimes, and it doesn’t have to go very far to get there. It’s a book about Heaven and Hell, but not on the order of a religious book—far from it.
I am also writing a book about socio-political issues, and how they affect humanity. If world politics do not change, the human race will resort to survival of the fittest. I think that I will wait and publish this book after the 2016 presidential election—it will be published after the book of fiction.
CH: Can you give my audience your website address?
BM: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1942BillMiller;
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
BM: Amazon.com and Create Space. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1TBPA7s
CH: Any closing remarks?
BM: I will close with the same words used to sum up the book, “The world is changing, we have to change with it. Don’t be afraid of diversity, embrace it or be miserable.”
CH: Thank you Bill Miller, it has been a real pleasure discussing your book and your opinions with my audience.
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