In the wake of George Floyd’s death, my school leaders gave teachers a safe space to share their feelings about the renewed spotlight on the fight for racial justice. We talked about personal experiences and the impact this has on our students. This was a conversation I realized I’ve needed for YEARS. As an educator and a Person of Color, I must educate myself to better serve my students. That conversation is why I was in search of books on the topic of anti-racism.
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell caused me to be more reflective of my own racial and cultural identity than ever before. Even though this book is considered young adult, it can be accessed by people of all ages. The book is interactive, encouraging the reader to reflect on their own experiences as they go along. Jewell begins with a discussion about identity, highlighting how the labels we are given are merely social constructs. She delves into what racism is and how easy it is to perpetuate unknowingly. She deconstructs how racism is ingrained in every part of society. She breaks down common terms and phrases seen on social media, like “microaggression” and “privilege” in a way that is accessible. This gives the reader the tools needed to continue educating themselves on this issue. Thematically, this book can at times be difficult to read but there is an undercurrent of hope that things can and will change. She offers the audience ways to “resist and interrupt” the institution of racism by using “superpowers” of change. The power of this book is the focus on looking inward before taking on the journey to becoming a strong ally of Black and Indigenous People of Color. I would recommend this book to people who don’t know where to start and want to educate themselves about what it means to be anti-racist.
Jewell encourages us to listen, learn, and be understanding of those beginning their journey. BE OKAY WITH DISCOMFORT. We won’t get anywhere without it.
Rating: 5/5 stars
If you have any recommendations like this please let me know! I am currently reading White Fragility by Robin Diangleo.
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