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

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

Tiffany Jewell
White Lion Publishing
ISBN: 9780711245211

An inspirational book with a striking message. In today's modern world it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.

Through 20 chapters, this book highlights the importance of learning who we are, where our identity comes from and how we can all stand up and take action against racism. Tiffany Jewell (author) is a new and compassionate writer, clearly expressing her own views and identity throughout the book; it is very clear she is passionate about educating anti-racism.

The book is brightly coloured and laid out with headings and bright illustrations to break up the sometimes heavy narrative. One thing I particularly loved was the activities in each chapter, such as developing your own 'identity notebook' and adding to it as you read each chapter. The activities engage you to really think about WHO you are, where you come from and who you identify as.

This book is aimed at readers above 12 years as the language and ideas can be complex. However, there is a glossary in the back to explain new concepts and each idea is broken down to thoroughly explain in depth. Key words and concepts are in bold and underlined, supporting readers to check out the meaning of words in the glossary. Educators, particularly of CPSHE or religious teaching, might want to invest in this book to take extracts and teach key concepts in a student friendly way.

For teenagers who are all trying to suss out their identity, this book is fabulous for guiding that process and for helping identify as oneself rather than categorising ourselves into a 'social norm'. There are some lovely messages, 'We all deserve to be free' and 'when you know better, do better'.

This book teaches not only social diversity but also the history of people and why we all share an identity, whilst also encompassing our own. This book is completely refreshing. It feels young, it feels exciting, it feels good to teach anti-racist ideas!

160 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Joanna Hewish, teacher


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