Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World

Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World

by Uju Asika


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"Uju Asika has written a necessary book for our times."—Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters' Street

You can't avoid it, because it's everywhere. In the looks Black kids get in certain spaces, the manner in which some people speak to them, the stuff that goes over their heads. Stuff that makes them cry even when they don't know why. How do you bring up your kids to be kind and happy when there is so much out there trying to break them down?

Bringing Up Race is an important book, for all families whatever their race or ethnicity. It's for everyone who wants to instil a sense of open-minded inclusivity in their kids, and those who want to discuss difference instead of shying away from tough questions. Uju Asika draws on often shocking personal stories of prejudice along with opinions of experts, influencers, and fellow parents to give prescriptive advice in this invaluable guide.

Bringing Up Race explores:
  • When children start noticing ethnic differences (hint: much earlier than you think)
  • What to do if your child says something racist (try not to freak out)
  • How to have open, honest, age-appropriate conversations about race
  • How children and parents can handle racial bullying
  • How to recognize and challenge everyday racism, aka microaggressions
  • Bringing Up Race is a call to arms for all parents as our society works to combat white supremacy and dismantle the systemic racism that has existed for hundreds of years.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781728238562
    Publisher: Sourcebooks
    Publication date: 05/04/2021
    Pages: 368
    Sales rank: 1,186,866
    Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.20(d)

    Table of Contents

    Author's Note xi

    Preface xiii

    Introduction xvii

    1 Whose Child Is That? 1

    2 How Kids See Color 15

    3 Conversations about Race 37

    4 The First Time 59

    5 Under the Skin 77

    6 Mixed 96

    7 History Lessons 111

    8 E Is for Equality 127

    9 Bananas in Public 139

    10 Please, Don't Touch My Hair 153

    11 What's in a Name? 171

    12 Different Shades of Beauty 187

    13 Books Will Save the World 204

    14 Babes in the City 219

    15 Raising Global Citizens 233

    16 An American Story 252

    17 Don't Feed the Monsters 269

    18 Be Cool, Be Kind, Be You 282

    Further Reading 295

    References 300

    Index 312

    Acknowledgments 337

    About the Author 341

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