Racism Explained to My Daughter

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Racism Explained to My Daughter is a unique and compelling dialogue in which award-winning author Tahar Ben Jelloun explains difficult concepts from ghettos and genocide to slavery and anti-Semitism in language we can all understand. When Ben Jelloun took his ten-year-old daughter to a street protest against anti-immigration laws in Paris, she asked question after question: "What is racism? What is an immigrant? What is discrimination?" Out of their frank discussion comes this book, an international best-seller ...
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Overview

Racism Explained to My Daughter is a unique and compelling dialogue in which award-winning author Tahar Ben Jelloun explains difficult concepts from ghettos and genocide to slavery and anti-Semitism in language we can all understand. When Ben Jelloun took his ten-year-old daughter to a street protest against anti-immigration laws in Paris, she asked question after question: "What is racism? What is an immigrant? What is discrimination?" Out of their frank discussion comes this book, an international best-seller translated into twenty languages.
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If its success in Europe is any indication, this book should be a best seller in America. Attempting to explain racism is challenging enough, and it is even harder when one is explaining it to a child. Prize-winning author Ben Jelloun Corruption, New Pr., 1995 meets the challenge, as Bill Cosby acknowledges in his introduction. Written in question-and-answer format--his daughter's questions, Ben Jelloun's answers--the book is appropriately brief. The author does not consider his words final, and so the four responses, from William Ayers, Lisa Delpit, David Mura, and Patricia Williams, parents and writers all, are important in continuing the discussion and applying it to the American scene. The book is easy to read and provocative, touching on discrimination, religion, genetics, stereotyping, immigration, xenophobia, and more. Rare should be the library that does not have it.--John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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A translation of French novelist, poet, and critic Tahar Ben Jelloun's dialogue with his 10 year-old daughter in which he explains racism. Includes essays by Williams Ayers, Lisa D. Delpit, David Mura, and Patricia Williams, as well as an introduction by Bill Cosby. 5.7.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565845343
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Winner of the 2004 IMPAC Prize, the 1994 Prix Maghreb, and the 1987 Prix Goncourt, Moroccan-born Tahar Ben Jelloun emigrated to France in 1961. His novels include the Prix Goncourt-winning The Sacred Night, Corruption, and This Blinding Absence of Light (IMPAC Prize, 2004). He is a regular contributor to Le Monde, La Repubblica, El País, and Panorama. Carol Volk translated Ben Jelloun's novel Corruption. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Introduction 7
Racism Explained to My Daughter 10
Racism Explained to My Son 80
Explaining Racism to My Daughter 90
To the Bone: Reflections in Black and White 138
A Letter to My Daughter on the Occasion of Considering Racism in the United States 174
Afterword 195
About the Contributors 201
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