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The Black Friend

The Black Friend

On Being A Better White Person

Book - 2020 | First edition
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Frederick Joseph call up race-related anecdotes from his past, explaining why they were hurtful and how he might handle things now. Each chapter features the voice of at least one artist or activist, including Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give; April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite; Jemele Hill, sports journalist and podcast host; and eleven others. Touching on everything from cultural appropriation to power dynamics, "reverse racism" to white privilege, microaggressions to the tragic results of overt racism, this book serves as conversation starter, tool kit, and invaluable window into the life of a former "token Black kid" who now presents himself as the friend many readers need. -- adapted from inside front jacket flap.
"Part memoir, part guidebook, this title explores scenarios of interpersonal and institutional struggle to introduce the next generation of White youth to anti-racism."--Kirkus Reviews.
Publisher: Sommerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2020
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781536217018
1536217018
Call Number: y 305.8 J833b 2020
Characteristics: xviii, 254 pages ; 22 cm

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Frederick Joseph call up race-related anecdotes from his past, explaining why they were hurtful and how he might handle things now. Each chapter features the voice of at least one artist or activist, including Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give; April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite; Jemele... Read More »

Grades 7-12. Question 2a. Part memoir, part guidebook, this title explores scenarios of interpersonal and institutional struggle to introduce the next generation of White youth to anti-racism.

Grades 7-12. Questions 3, 3a and 3b. Part memoir, part guidebook, this title explores scenarios of interpersonal and institutional struggle to introduce the next generation of White youth to anti-racism.


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Jan 19, 2021

In this book Frederick Joseph, your new Black friend (perhaps your only Black friend?), sits you down and gently but frankly educates you on the most important things to know in order to be not only more culturally sensitive and respectful, but also actively antiracist and a true advocate for spreading awareness and standing up for Black people. It is written especially for white folks whose hearts and minds are already in the right place but who also know they could be doing more and better.

This was a thought-provoking book that emphatically deserves a place on the same shelf as other antiracism titles such as 'Between the World and Me', 'White Fragility' and 'How to Be an Antiracist.' In addition to painful, and in many cases shocking, anecdotes from Joseph's own life, I appreciated the frequent insertion of must-see and must-listen playlists meant to give a broader picture of commonly shared parts of Black culture, some of which are virtually foreign to mainstream (white) culture. I hope I have grown a little while reading it.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

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