The Emmy Award winner, co-host of The View, and ABC News senior legal correspondent chronicles her journey from growing up in a South Bronx housing project to becoming an assistant U.S. attorney and journalist in this powerful memoir that offers an intimate and unique look at identity, intolerance, and injustice.
As a child in the South Bronx who spent her earliest years in tenements and public housing, Sunny Hostin understands poverty intimately. As a mother of a black son, she deplores the scourge of police violence erasing the lives of too many black boys and men. As a biracial woman, she has a unique vantage point on identity, and the shades between black and white.
I Am These Truths blends her compelling chronicle of her personal journey with her reflections on the high-stakes cases and stories she has worked on as a journalist and prosecutor. As the child of teenaged parents, Sunny escaped the violence of her childhood through hard work, some luck, and a college scholarship that led her to law school, where she became an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington D.C. Transitioning to journalism, she was the first national reporter to cover Trayvon Martin’s death—which her producers erroneously believed was “just a local story.” Today, at the top echelons of news and entertainment, Sunny fights for social justice and giving voice to the “other”—those forgotten and marginalized Americans.
Inspiring and informative, I Am These Truths offers encouragement to those on the verge of giving up their dreams and implores us to rethink our biases—to not underestimate someone because of their gender, dismiss another because of their ethnicity, or prejudge someone because of their economic circumstances.