OUT TODAY: "How to Fight Racism, Young Readers Edition" + 5 Reasons This Book is Right ON TIME!
This book will help get kids involved in the struggle against racism.
If you’ve even glanced at any of my social media pages in the past month, you already know that my latest book How to Fight Racism, Young Readers Edition is out TODAY!
Here are a few reasons why I think this book is right on time for adults and the kids they care about…
People nationwide are opposing the teaching of our racial history. That’s why we need to double-down on making sure our kids grow up learning about racism and what they can do about it. I devote almost a quarter of the book just to laying out the history of racism in this country. It’s a helpful primer for further research.
Our young people are already learning about racism. From YouTube and social media, to their peers—we are deluding ourselves if we think kids aren’t already absorbing pernicious messages about racial prejudice. It’s our job to tell a better story.
Kids can be really effective advocates. Have you ever tried to stop a young person from doing what they want when they’re really determined? It’s incredibly hard! What if we can channel that persistence and creativity toward racial justice?
Kids have agency. Probably the most important lesson of the book is that young people have the power to make positive change. They don’t have to accept conditions that are unfair or bow to beliefs that dehumanize others. Owning their own ability to influence their surroundings is an enduring lesson that will aid young people in any area of life.
Adults need help teaching young people about racism. Teaching about racism is a daunting topic for adults of any race or ethnicity. Where do you start? When do you start? How do you talk about concepts such as white supremacy, Jim Crow, and diversity? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. This book can help.
Last thing…TONIGHT I’m hosting an online book launch event. It’s at 7 pm CST on Tuesday, January 4. Going to broadcast it from my YouTube page. Please join us.
Kids are welcome and I’ll talk directly to them for the first few minutes. Then I’ll talk a bit more to adults about the book and take a few questions.
Order your copy of How to Fight Racism, Young Readers Edition at: JemarTisby.com or wherever you get your books.