This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work
By: Tiffany Jewell
Illustrated By: Aurelia Durand
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.
This book is YA, so it’s not super in-depth or overly complicated, but that’s what I loved about it. I also really liked the glossary in the back. It’s an excellent primer for someone looking to learn. It was very colorful with lots of graphics so I wouldn’t recommend reading it on a kindle unless it was a kindle fire.
This book is Anti-Racist is informative and had a positive tone for such a heavy subject. Highly recommend reading.