Children's Literature - Meredith KigerOne of five in the "Voices" series that explore controversial issues to spark discussion among high school students, this edition presents 20 questions surrounding the volatile issue of racism. The book defines race and discusses the importance of racial identity to all peoples. Racial questions such as: Why hate other races?; Who owns the land?; Why does racism turn to violence?; Can a race be "pure"; and Does affirmative action work? are explicitly presented using creative graphics that include color photos, artwork, charts and quotes as well as minimal text to provoke young adults into debating these controversial topics. Useful more as provocation, the book could function as the first step in exploring issues that may need further research. Teachers should be aware that deeply held beliefs will be up for a challenge, even their own. The book was originally produced in England but has just as much relevance here. A timeline, glossary, index and sources for further study are provided. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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