Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Winter Reading 2022 Me and White Supremacy: Young Readers' Edition


Layla Saad has written a guide  to "give you the tools you need to help become an anitracist change agent." She explains that it began with her "own lived experiences...deepened and further illustrated by drawing on examples from experiences I have witnessed, historical contexts, cultural moments, fictional and nonfictional literature, the media, and more." She also explains that this young reader edition is meant for young people so they can "grow into adults who know how to have conversations about race and racism with confidence and know how to work together collectively to create an antiracist world."

Various chapters explain how to work through the book, introduce the author, guide readers to look at the various parts of their own identities, and explore what is meant by terms like white supremacy and white privilege.  Readers are encouraged to keep a journal, work through the book at their own pace and recognize their emotions as they learn about these difficult topics. At the end  of each chapter  they are guided through a recap of the definition, reflective questions, and look at "ways to practice antiracism." Back matter includes a closing letter from the author, a glossary, and a suggested reading list.

This book could be read independently, as part of a group, or with a trusted adult.  I appreciate how the author explains her own introduction to discussing race. Her mother began talking with her about it at an early age because her parents had come to the UK from Africa and Layla "was always the only Black and Muslim girl in all [her] classes." Hearing about the experiences of others can make a situation much more clear than just a dry discussion of terms related to identity

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