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Who are you? What is your identity? What is racism? How do you choose your own path? How do you stand in solidarity? How can you hold yourself accountable? Learn about identities, true histories, and anti-racism work in 20 carefully laid out chapters. Written by anti-bias, anti-racist, educator and activist, Tiffany Jewell, and illustrated by French illustrator Aurélia Dur Who are you? What is your identity? What is racism? How do you choose your own path? How do you stand in solidarity? How can you hold yourself accountable? Learn about identities, true histories, and anti-racism work in 20 carefully laid out chapters. Written by anti-bias, anti-racist, educator and activist, Tiffany Jewell, and illustrated by French illustrator Aurélia Durand in kaleidoscopic vibrancy. This book is written for the young person who doesn't know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. For the 14 year old who sees injustice at school and isn't able to understand the role racism plays in separating them from their friends. For the kid who spends years trying to fit into the dominant culture and loses themselves for a little while. It's for all of the Black and Brown children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn't stand up for themselves; because the colour of their skin, the texture of their hair, their names made white folx feel scared and threatened. It is written so children and young adults will feel empowered to stand up to the adults who continue to close doors in their faces. This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it. In short, it is for everyone. 


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Who are you? What is your identity? What is racism? How do you choose your own path? How do you stand in solidarity? How can you hold yourself accountable? Learn about identities, true histories, and anti-racism work in 20 carefully laid out chapters. Written by anti-bias, anti-racist, educator and activist, Tiffany Jewell, and illustrated by French illustrator Aurélia Dur Who are you? What is your identity? What is racism? How do you choose your own path? How do you stand in solidarity? How can you hold yourself accountable? Learn about identities, true histories, and anti-racism work in 20 carefully laid out chapters. Written by anti-bias, anti-racist, educator and activist, Tiffany Jewell, and illustrated by French illustrator Aurélia Durand in kaleidoscopic vibrancy. This book is written for the young person who doesn't know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. For the 14 year old who sees injustice at school and isn't able to understand the role racism plays in separating them from their friends. For the kid who spends years trying to fit into the dominant culture and loses themselves for a little while. It's for all of the Black and Brown children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn't stand up for themselves; because the colour of their skin, the texture of their hair, their names made white folx feel scared and threatened. It is written so children and young adults will feel empowered to stand up to the adults who continue to close doors in their faces. This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it. In short, it is for everyone. 

30 review for This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work

  1. 5 out of 5

    The Artisan Geek

    1/7/20 What an excellent read! This is targeted at children/young adults, but it definitely is for everyone. It's a great place to start your journey of being anti-racist -- it's also just a good book if you want to make sure that you have all of the basics down. Strong points here are definitely its accessibility and dare I say its aesthetic :) 30/6/20 I got this book because I thought it looked both very accessible and helpful :) You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website | 1/7/20 What an excellent read! This is targeted at children/young adults, but it definitely is for everyone. It's a great place to start your journey of being anti-racist -- it's also just a good book if you want to make sure that you have all of the basics down. Strong points here are definitely its accessibility and dare I say its aesthetic :) 30/6/20 I got this book because I thought it looked both very accessible and helpful :) You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website | The Storygraph

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest What a great classroom resource! THIS BOOK IS ANTI-RACIST is part workbook and part history book and part instructional guide. Even though it's pretty short, TBIAR talks about everything from privilege to institutional racism to how you can go about calling out problematic behavior and whether it should be public or private (there's a series of questions you should ask yourself). I really liked the illustrations from Aurelia Durand: they' Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest What a great classroom resource! THIS BOOK IS ANTI-RACIST is part workbook and part history book and part instructional guide. Even though it's pretty short, TBIAR talks about everything from privilege to institutional racism to how you can go about calling out problematic behavior and whether it should be public or private (there's a series of questions you should ask yourself). I really liked the illustrations from Aurelia Durand: they're bright and colorful and give this a really fun vibe that's reminiscent of the guides published by the American Girl imprint. The tone is conversational, simple, but doesn't talk down, and I liked how the author gave history and context behind a lot of the inequality that plagues multiple countries (not just the U.S.), and the types of questions that readers can ask themselves to do better. One thing that was new to me was the term "folx." I Googled it and there's over a million results, but a lot of them refer to the Firefox software system. I guess it's a gender neutral term for people to use to describe themselves, but I didn't think "folks" was gender specific? Latinx and Filipinx, for example, come from languages that have "gendered" nouns, so the replacement of the "a" or the "o" serve as a means to respect and acknowledge people who don't wish to be associated with a specific gender. I was confused and unfamiliar with the term, but it's always cool to learn about a new means of identifying people because knowing is half the battle. TBIAR is a book that will most likely teach you something new about yourself or about others, and provide you with a tool kit you can use to call out problematic behavior, look at whether you're doing any of your own, and also give you ideas on how you can either work more proactively against discrimination and/or use your own privilege to benefit others with less. It's a really great book and I think it's an amazing classroom resource for teachers. I'm telling my teacher friends all about this one! Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  3.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chyann

    @Educators, GET THIS BOOK. Pass it around your classroom, the teacher's lounge, and your community. Read it, share it and share it again! @Educators, GET THIS BOOK. Pass it around your classroom, the teacher's lounge, and your community. Read it, share it and share it again!

  4. 4 out of 5

    PattyMacDotComma

    5★ “Someone described racism to me as the smog we breathe. It is all around us; racism is everywhere.” This is a smart, eye-catching book for anyone, really. It’s aimed at teens and young people, but it’s just as useful and informative for adults who want to know how to make a difference, whether it’s in their own lives as the targets of racism or as the unwitting perpetrators of it. I was recently helping someone with a psychology paper that included a discussion of the damage caused by “subtle ra 5★ “Someone described racism to me as the smog we breathe. It is all around us; racism is everywhere.” This is a smart, eye-catching book for anyone, really. It’s aimed at teens and young people, but it’s just as useful and informative for adults who want to know how to make a difference, whether it’s in their own lives as the targets of racism or as the unwitting perpetrators of it. I was recently helping someone with a psychology paper that included a discussion of the damage caused by “subtle racism”, known as “microagressions”. (Incidentally, the word “folx” is used instead of the customary “folks” in order to be all-inclusive for marginalised people, much as other words now have an X on the end, like Latinx, to make them gender-neutral and inclusive.) “A microaggression is an intentional or unintentional insult, slight, or hostile, negative message to folx who do not fit into the imaginary box of dominant culture. They can occur anytime and anywhere. Sometimes microaggressions are spoken, like someone saying, ‘WHERE WERE YOU BORN?’ to an Asian British person in London. When you experience microaggressions repeatedly, the effects accumulate and can lead to low self-esteem, depression, poor health, and thinking the stereotypes are true. Believing that you are inferior, acting on the negative messages about folx of the same race as you, and even denying your ethnic and cultural heritage are examples of internalized racism.” It’s an easy trap to fall into, to ask someone what their ethnic background is because they ‘look’ exotic or interesting or different. And that’s the point. Different from what? The so-called ‘norm’? The more this happens to you, the more out-of-place you may feel, part of some ‘subordinate culture’ and a lesser person. Well, hello. Wake up and speak up. “You have the right to be seen.” “I do not use the term “minority” to describe Black, Brown, and Indigenous folx because we are the majority in the world. Using the language of racism can minimize our full selves. It can allow us to forget our deepest roots and ancestors; it allows us to create a history that, while in our own voices, has been shaped by the oppressor.” “My history begins with me.” There are countless illustrations and activities, references, suggested reading, quotations, and inspiring examples to whet anyone’s appetite for action. There are lists to make, and the author begins with one of her own. “Activity: I am. . .” So get yourself a notebook and get one you like, because you’re going to keep it handy to keep writing things down and doing the activities. It’s about inclusion considering all of the other categories we put people in: transgender, poor, neuro-diverse, religious, and so on. “Create your identity map.” It’s a terrific resource that I reckon could be useful in almost any school or community group, and I can see it being an interesting learning tool for kids of all backgrounds to ask themselves these questions. Thanks to #NetGalley and Quarto Publishing’s Frances Lincoln’s Children for the preview copy from which I've copied a few illustrations.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Never Without a Book

    Quick and to the point. A very informative read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    If you're looking for a book that not only informs but brings to light some very important topics, Tiffany Jewell's book is where it's at. This book goes over racism, personal growth, identity, and general lessons on how to be a good person. It's the kind of positive book I needed when I was younger and I'm sure people today need to read. We're all different and differences can make us stronger. Why destroy others for their differences? I could easily see classrooms and educational groups pickin If you're looking for a book that not only informs but brings to light some very important topics, Tiffany Jewell's book is where it's at. This book goes over racism, personal growth, identity, and general lessons on how to be a good person. It's the kind of positive book I needed when I was younger and I'm sure people today need to read. We're all different and differences can make us stronger. Why destroy others for their differences? I could easily see classrooms and educational groups picking this book up. It makes learning about the topics of gender and racial differences very simple and makes understanding so easy. My only negative about this book is the illustrations are kind of weird. Some of them sat strangely with me and I felt they creeped me out more than fit with the story. The colour is bright and amazing though. Otherwise, this book is a gem! Four out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children's Books for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Krajewski

    Wow. I loved everything about this book! The historical content, lessons, activities, terms and definitions, and the personal connections the author made to her own life. I realized just how much my schooling was whitewashed, and I think my students will too.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David

    An important and informative guide to overcoming racial differences and inequality. The spelling of the word “folx” was annoying, though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    This book was a far bigger education than I expected and than I realized I needed. I have always thought of myself as not being racist but by reading this book and understanding the difference between not being racist and actively being anti-racist I have a wholly changed perspective. "When you know better, do better." Maya Angelou I believe this book is targeted towards young adult readers, but I would encourage adults to read this book as well. And if you have kids...read it to them or give it to This book was a far bigger education than I expected and than I realized I needed. I have always thought of myself as not being racist but by reading this book and understanding the difference between not being racist and actively being anti-racist I have a wholly changed perspective. "When you know better, do better." Maya Angelou I believe this book is targeted towards young adult readers, but I would encourage adults to read this book as well. And if you have kids...read it to them or give it to them! The writing is factual but reader friendly and totally accessible. There are exercises to do throughout the book that ask you to get introspective and sit with your own feelings and beliefs. To think about your personal history. To give thought to what you can do to be anti-racist in your everyday life. The book serves not only as a educational tool but also provides actionable steps everyone can take whether it's calling out those around you or being a great co-conspirator in the fight against racism. As a white cisgender woman I had not given that much thought to my inherent privilege and that is one of the biggest points of the book. It forces you to look at yourself and your situation and recognize things you may not have given much thought to before. I highly recommend giving this book a read and taking the time to do the exercises. Tiffany Jewell shares so much of her personal experience and the book is punctuated with great artwork and quotes. This book is a must, not only in today's climate, but to understand how we got here an how to change things going forward.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jamila

    This book should be required reading and used as a textbook for students in grades 6-12. Jewell uses clear language, personal stories, self-reflection prompts, historical snapshots and accessible action steps to teach and inspire young people to be actively anti-racist in their daily lives. The illustrations are vibrant also! I also recommend this for adults who are parents, caregivers, educators or who serve youth in other roles — those adults in search of an accessible and succinct introduction This book should be required reading and used as a textbook for students in grades 6-12. Jewell uses clear language, personal stories, self-reflection prompts, historical snapshots and accessible action steps to teach and inspire young people to be actively anti-racist in their daily lives. The illustrations are vibrant also! I also recommend this for adults who are parents, caregivers, educators or who serve youth in other roles — those adults in search of an accessible and succinct introduction to anti-racist theory and practice.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Ferencz

    This book blends personal experiences with historical references and uses data, brightly illustrated infographics, suggested activities, and recommendations for working in solidarity against racism to serve as a call to action for all interested co-conspirators. This is a must-have purchase for middle and high school classroom and school libraries.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    "Someone described racism to me as the smog we breathe. It is all around us; racism is everywhere. Our lives are polluted with racism and it harms us all. The more we are aware of this smog of racism, the better equipped we can become to combat this toxic way of being." "Someone described racism to me as the smog we breathe. It is all around us; racism is everywhere. Our lives are polluted with racism and it harms us all. The more we are aware of this smog of racism, the better equipped we can become to combat this toxic way of being."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Manasa

    Between the adamant prose and joyful artwork, this book is required reading for adults and kids alike! The focus of each chapter follows a natural progression from personal identity to collective awareness to transformative action; each chapter also offers reflective writing exercises to relate the material back to the reader’s own life. What I appreciate most about Jewell’s words is how she manages to be so clear-eyed and concise without dumbing down any of these topics for young readers. No, o Between the adamant prose and joyful artwork, this book is required reading for adults and kids alike! The focus of each chapter follows a natural progression from personal identity to collective awareness to transformative action; each chapter also offers reflective writing exercises to relate the material back to the reader’s own life. What I appreciate most about Jewell’s words is how she manages to be so clear-eyed and concise without dumbing down any of these topics for young readers. No, on the contrary, she brings young people in like peers and vessels of their own wisdom and experience, capable of changing the world around them through personal fortitude. I ordered this book for a 6th grade class at my school, and was so happy to see multiple students request it and ask me questions about it after the colorful artwork caught their eye. On a side note: the format of this book makes it a powerful window into engaging nonfiction texts, especially for students who are reluctant to leave the graphic novel landscape. I can’t wait to usher this book into all our middle school classrooms and see where the conversation takes us.

  14. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    This was really good! Very clear and had lots of calls-to-action and challenges for the reader to be a participant instead of just a passive viewer. It caters to a younger audience too, so like primary/middle school age+ should definitely pick this up. It also talks about the white-washing and sugar-coating of history, plus points out what racist situations look like to kids who might not have the vocabulary to speak up. It's a great starting point, though definitely brief and also US-centric. A This was really good! Very clear and had lots of calls-to-action and challenges for the reader to be a participant instead of just a passive viewer. It caters to a younger audience too, so like primary/middle school age+ should definitely pick this up. It also talks about the white-washing and sugar-coating of history, plus points out what racist situations look like to kids who might not have the vocabulary to speak up. It's a great starting point, though definitely brief and also US-centric. Also the illustrations are beautiful.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Viklund

    I love how this book presents a balance of straightforward information (quick but critical glimpses of history & systems) with action items & work-book style reflection prompts. This book is great for any age & is also a wonderful tool for parents/educators to engage in conversations & actions around racism & identity. I plan to revisit this book over & over again as a personal tool for doing anti-racist work & as a parenting guide.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book is definitely aimed towards teens and tweens so if you're looking for in-depth information, this might not be the resource for you. That being said, this book does offer tidbits and statistics about race that aren't common knowledge to many. I learned about the Grenfell tower fire and the Windrush generation in the U.K., for instance. I also appreciated the guide in the back with suggestions as to what the average citizen can do to be actively anti-racist. This book is definitely aimed towards teens and tweens so if you're looking for in-depth information, this might not be the resource for you. That being said, this book does offer tidbits and statistics about race that aren't common knowledge to many. I learned about the Grenfell tower fire and the Windrush generation in the U.K., for instance. I also appreciated the guide in the back with suggestions as to what the average citizen can do to be actively anti-racist.

  17. 4 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    A beautiful book, bright and creatively illustrated with the most important message. I believe this book would be suitable for not only school age (teenagers) but older as it is so well done. Presented well, easily understood, written in plain English and each chapter has different activities. It has 20 lessons for anti-racism teaching about privilege, inclusion, conscious and unconscious choices. I recommend this book for everyone. A truly beautiful and much needed book. Thanks to netgalley and A beautiful book, bright and creatively illustrated with the most important message. I believe this book would be suitable for not only school age (teenagers) but older as it is so well done. Presented well, easily understood, written in plain English and each chapter has different activities. It has 20 lessons for anti-racism teaching about privilege, inclusion, conscious and unconscious choices. I recommend this book for everyone. A truly beautiful and much needed book. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    This reminds me so much of the how to be a pre-teen girl books released by American Girl when I was a kid (in tone and writing style if not in subject). This is a perfect intro to anti-racism for the 12-14 age range, broken into simple, easily digestible chunks and featuring gorgeous, colorful illustrations and activities that will be perfect for classroom or youth group use.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steff Fox

    | Read on Reader Fox Blog | Like many, I'm sure, there have been numerous occasions in my life in which I have found myself feeling disheartened about change. I've been in moments where I was unsure what I could possibly do to fix the horrible things I saw in the world, moments where I felt like everything I tried was useless. I guarantee at some point or another we all end up in that space. The thing I love about This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell and illustrated by Aurélia Durand i | Read on Reader Fox Blog | Like many, I'm sure, there have been numerous occasions in my life in which I have found myself feeling disheartened about change. I've been in moments where I was unsure what I could possibly do to fix the horrible things I saw in the world, moments where I felt like everything I tried was useless. I guarantee at some point or another we all end up in that space. The thing I love about This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell and illustrated by Aurélia Durand is that it offers an opportunity to move past those moments of feeling helpless and provides readers with actionable goals. I will always be immensely grateful to resources like this. It is an unfortunate thing about this world and people in general that we often choose the easy path with nearly everything. This is actually rooted in our own psychology, the inclination that leads us toward taking shortcuts and not putting in the extra effort required for nearly everything. And while this is something everyone, including myself, need to work hard to combat every day it is nonetheless immensely helpful when books like this are put together. Not only do they bring the history and material to educate others on topics like racism and the difference between being not racist and being anti-racist, but they offer life-applicable goals and information to lead readers toward the next steps they must take. This Book is Anti-Racist is an incredibly pertinent read, one that literally everyone can benefit from picking up. The fact of the matter is that when you don't know everything and you're not sure how to go about fighting for much-needed change, you have resources available and ready to help you. This book is one of those resources and I have high hopes that it will help many people develop a better understanding of racism and pave a path forward of purposeful action to bring about change. And yes, while I did find the phrasing of folx distracting and unnecessary--I don't know the history, but I'm pretty sure the word folks is gender-neutral--the most important take-away from this book has nothing to do with a single word choice. So, please, don't let that one word pull you away from the broader importance of the message this book is sending. I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. | Instagram | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Bloglovin’ | Facebook |

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Although this book was written for a teen/young adult audience, as a 40-something white woman I got a lot out of it. I learned some factual information that I didn't know before, and I am glad the author used examples from around the world to show how racism permeates across boundaries and isn't just an issue in the US. In showing this issue as a global one then utilizing the term "Folx of the Global Majority", the author helps to change the mindset that BIPoC are 'minority', because in a global Although this book was written for a teen/young adult audience, as a 40-something white woman I got a lot out of it. I learned some factual information that I didn't know before, and I am glad the author used examples from around the world to show how racism permeates across boundaries and isn't just an issue in the US. In showing this issue as a global one then utilizing the term "Folx of the Global Majority", the author helps to change the mindset that BIPoC are 'minority', because in a global sense, they are not and we as white people need to understand this. Also, as someone who has a minor in Sociology focusing on diversity and understanding the different people that make up our community, this book has given me tools to help address these issues with other white people who may not understand what privileges we hold because we identify as white. Sometimes I get so frustrated trying to explain to friends, family and others and can't always articulate it, but the language in this books gives me the tools to be able to do so without sounding academic (which seems to be a turnoff nowadays). Also, the physical aspects of this book are fantastic and on a sensory level: feel, colors, fonts, etc., make it exceptionally easy to read as it helps to bring it alive. I grew up poor and white, and didn't really understand how my whiteness benefitted me until I got older and learned. Now I am always looking to how I can use my privilege to help my community and I think holding a workshop of this book with white teens and young adults is one of the answers. By helping a younger generation understand the bigger picture and giving them the tools to help change it, we can do more, and longer to confront this and make it right.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Callum McLaughlin

    I sincerely hope this is stocked in every school library across the UK and US, but though it is indeed aimed predominantly at a YA audience, there is still so much that adult readers like myself can take from it. Every point discussed is applicable and educational no matter your age, and I was pleasantly surprised by how wide the book’s scope was, especially when considering its relative brevity and the complexity of the issue it’s addressing. Jewell writes with clarity, compassion and warmth, ar I sincerely hope this is stocked in every school library across the UK and US, but though it is indeed aimed predominantly at a YA audience, there is still so much that adult readers like myself can take from it. Every point discussed is applicable and educational no matter your age, and I was pleasantly surprised by how wide the book’s scope was, especially when considering its relative brevity and the complexity of the issue it’s addressing. Jewell writes with clarity, compassion and warmth, articulating her every point without condescending those who may be newer to the concepts of engrained racism and white privilege. Her approach is wonderfully intersectional and nuanced, incorporating many factors that comprise our individual identity and socioeconomic background. I think she struck a perfect balance between personal experience and wider societal examples when backing up her arguments, and though most historical detail is centred around the UK and US, she does draw on instances of systematic racism from throughout the world. This was a very welcome touch, as it’s something not often seen in a book that feels as succinct and digestible as this does. I also adore how self-aware Jewell is as both an anti-racism campaigner and a human being. She is not at all shy in highlighting her own privileges and flaws, even detailing specific examples where she feels she as a biracial woman handled race-related issues poorly. By showing that we’re all constantly learning and improving, she essentially gives her readers permission to make mistakes when tackling societal prejudices and their own inherited biases, thus fuelling them to always strive for better within themselves. After all, you can’t make mistakes if you aren’t trying, and trying is proof that you care. Calls to action and activity suggestions at the end of each chapter encourage us all to be more proactive and self-critical when considering how we (singularly and collectively) can tackle racism moving forward. They provide excellent opportunities to reflect on and analyse where we stand at any given time, and equip us with the tools necessary to safely recognise, challenge, and overturn everyday racism.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Arnaud

    Highly recommended to young adults and adults alike This is such a well written book, I don't know where to start :-) As a white male, I can safely say I learned a few things and most importantly got a seriously well documented scaffold to build conversations with my kiddo. The book covers a lot of topics, but in short enough chapters that it allows anyone to either take note, focus on each activities at the end of the chapters, or switch back and forth to re-read the content. I love the fact tha Highly recommended to young adults and adults alike This is such a well written book, I don't know where to start :-) As a white male, I can safely say I learned a few things and most importantly got a seriously well documented scaffold to build conversations with my kiddo. The book covers a lot of topics, but in short enough chapters that it allows anyone to either take note, focus on each activities at the end of the chapters, or switch back and forth to re-read the content. I love the fact that it ends with some clear vocabulary explanation and a very good list of further reads and other supporting literary work. Everybody should read it. And I seriously mean everybody. This would give all of us a chance to speak the same language on being anti-racists and perpetuating it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Ballister

    Great book for students/teachers/humans. Will definitely use this in class next semester. I appreciate the activities and journaling component, and the illustrations! I would supplement Chapter 5 on institutional racism with more examples and articles. Here is a quote from the book, toward the end, "Your awareness of yourself, your privilege and power continues to grow. Your understanding of how racism came to be such an integral part of our global and local societies continues to expand. You ar Great book for students/teachers/humans. Will definitely use this in class next semester. I appreciate the activities and journaling component, and the illustrations! I would supplement Chapter 5 on institutional racism with more examples and articles. Here is a quote from the book, toward the end, "Your awareness of yourself, your privilege and power continues to grow. Your understanding of how racism came to be such an integral part of our global and local societies continues to expand. You are able to interrupt, disrupt, and take action with growing strategy and confidence. And you are ready to work in solidarity with others. You are a part of something big. You're writing your history and ours" (Jewell 147).

  24. 5 out of 5

    vanessa

    Concise, smart, and engaging. The best part about this book are the activities/prompts at the end of most of the 20 lessons. It makes this book a great teaching tool and a way for readers to look inward. I filled 10 pages journaling. I loved the illustrations and the way this is structured, it makes it digestible for young people but also adults. Definitely recommend!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Park

    This book breaks down what it means to be anti-racist and is a wonderful primer for YA and adults as well. There are-activities at the end each chapter that provide thought provoking ways to cement the ideas and the use of imagery and quotations also make the learning more layered and meaningful. Highly recommended!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    This would be a great book for a middle school-ish class/club/youth group to work through together. It's very engaging and informative but broken up into bite-sized chunks, and it has a lot of built in reflective activities. (It could also be good for a teacher to read and repurpose some of the activities.) This would be a great book for a middle school-ish class/club/youth group to work through together. It's very engaging and informative but broken up into bite-sized chunks, and it has a lot of built in reflective activities. (It could also be good for a teacher to read and repurpose some of the activities.)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate R

    This belongs on everyone’s bookshelf! It’s a great opportunity to learn and reflect on these topics. Even I, as an adult, learned a few new things and found some things to work on. It should definitely be on every older child’s reading list. It’s simple, easy to understand. Great definitions throughout. There are vibrant pictures and colors on every page. I loved that there were exercises throughout the book for you to answer as well. This was incredibly well done. Highly recommend to all! * ARC This belongs on everyone’s bookshelf! It’s a great opportunity to learn and reflect on these topics. Even I, as an adult, learned a few new things and found some things to work on. It should definitely be on every older child’s reading list. It’s simple, easy to understand. Great definitions throughout. There are vibrant pictures and colors on every page. I loved that there were exercises throughout the book for you to answer as well. This was incredibly well done. Highly recommend to all! * ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  28. 5 out of 5

    R.A.

    Popsugar 2021 found on a Black Lives Matter reading list

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brittney

    Wow wow wow. This has clear definitions, effective activities in each chapter, so many aspects of racism. Most importantly it provides tools to see racism and then make personal and systemic change.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    "This is the book I wish I’d had when I was younger. And it’s the book I will share with my own children. It contains information I never learned when I was younger and you will probably not be taught in school. I wrote these words for you while carrying a heavy heart. It aches for Emmett Till, Tamir Rice, Korryn Gaines, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Bobby Hutton, Antwon Rose Jr., Stephon Clark, Rekia Boyd, Stephen Lawrence, Charleena Lyles, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Aiyana S "This is the book I wish I’d had when I was younger. And it’s the book I will share with my own children. It contains information I never learned when I was younger and you will probably not be taught in school. I wrote these words for you while carrying a heavy heart. It aches for Emmett Till, Tamir Rice, Korryn Gaines, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Bobby Hutton, Antwon Rose Jr., Stephon Clark, Rekia Boyd, Stephen Lawrence, Charleena Lyles, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and Trayvon Martin, and for all those who we honor with hashtags, our tears, our frustration and rage, our exhaustion and the fire to move on." "It is okay if people are not happy with this. It is okay for them to be uncomfortable. Racism is not a comfortable existence for Black, Brown, and Indigenous Folx of the Global Majority." I loved this book and need to buy a copy ASAP. The language is approachable and non-judgmental - I appreciate that the author doesn’t talk down to younger readers. It's a valuable resource for all ages. "Some may tell you you’re too young to talk about race. People may tell you that you should stop talking about skin color and see everyone as a “global citizen.” You may have been told racism isn’t a problem any more and that calling it out or bringing it up in conversation is wrong. Some people may have given you the impression that you are wrong and stirring up trouble. You are not! Racism is a problem, a very serious problem, and it needs to be talked about because it isn’t going away if we do nothing." This book gives great insight and tips on how to be actively anti-racist. There are exercises and activities for both inner work and community work. "If stories of resistance and accomplishments are purposefully left out of our history books or told from the perspective of those in the dominant culture, we have no voice. No one knows who we are and that we exist. The legacy we are left with is one that has been shaped by the oppressors." I loved that this book didn’t just focus on the US, but had global information like about The Code Noir in 1685 France and lesser-discussed topics like ancestral trauma and white saviorism. It also included racism against Native Americans and indigenous people. I learned and thought about a lot while reading this. The amazing art and representation within also deserves a shout out. "My adjacency to the dominant culture is my power in undoing it." Highly recommended to everyone, especially students. "What are you willing to give up in order for the foundation to crack?"

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