Racism, Antiracism, and You

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"A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780316453691
Characteristics: xvi, 294 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Kendi, Ibram X. - Author


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A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today.

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HKK_Teen_Staff Aug 27, 2020

Reynolds presents the history of racism and racist thought in a very accessible, easily understood way with contemporary language. Recommended for teens and adults alike!

IndyPL_ShannonO Aug 05, 2020

A great, approachable book on the history of racism and antiracist activism in the United States. Jason Reynolds does a great job summarizing and adapting Ibram X. Kendi's book for a younger audience. He succinctly defined key terms and broke down complex ideas that middle grade and teenagers could easily understand. The tone of the book is conversational and engaging, allowing teens to feel like they aren't just reading another history textbook. A great book to add to any library YA or middle grade display on antiracism!

Jul 28, 2020

In this teen version of Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning, Jason Reynolds deftly breaks down significant events in America's complicated racist history in a way that is concise and approachable but also emphatic and direct. Highly recommend for all ages to read.

Jul 11, 2020

Wow. Conversational, bold, accessible, empowering, thoughtful, challenging, illuminating, poetic, heartbreaking, beautiful, and filled with hope for our next generation — a generation with more empathy and demand for change than the last. Jason Reynolds is a talent, and this book is so important.

A book so good, it is now one of only two 5-star ratings on my GoodReads -- I just went through and removed a star from every single other book I've read. That's how good this gift of a book is.

A vitally important, compelling and tightly written narrative account of racism in all its forms in America. Jason Reynolds has outdone even himself with this one. His synthesis of the main touchstones from Ibram X. Kendi's book is powerful (disclaimer: I'm halfway through reading STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING, and it's worth the 580 page count). Reynold's ability to deftly explain and give meaning and context to words like uplift suasion, segregationists, assimilationists, and more is stunning. And his ability to center young people, and their place in this - our communal history - is astonishing.

Make sure you listen to/read the acknowledgements. His final shout out goes to every young person reading STAMPED (and not reading it), and is a call to self-education and action.

Jun 03, 2020

Jason Reynolds' remix of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award Winner "Stamped From the Beginning" is an excellent primer on anti-Black racism in America. Reynolds both acknowledges that race is a tough topic to tackle, but also that it's a necessary one. His style is conversational and engaging, and this is a great book for teen and adult readers to continue the conversation about racism in America.

IndyPL_JessicaNS Apr 17, 2020

This book is a must read for all kids over the age of 12 and their parents.

Jason Reynolds writes in a way that will speak to your kids, but even though it's "not a history book," they will learn a lot. Racism is a complex thing to talk about with all kids, but if I'd trust anyone to do it, I'd prefer Jason Reynolds to be leading the message. This book will probably lead to more questions from your kids and maybe even you will be spurred to read deeper after you finish this book. I know I was. And I think that is the point. I hope we are all ready to be antiracists.

LPL_MaryW Mar 08, 2020

Inspiring the next generation of antiracists, Jason Reynolds’ remix of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped From the Beginning is outstanding. Reynolds’ voice shines through in the accessible text, which he adapts to be not a “history book” (even though it has history in it) but a book about our present. He acknowledges that talking about race and privilege is uncomfortable, but guides readers through mindful breathing to get through it, because it’s important.


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