Uncomfortable conversations with a black boy

Emmanuel Acho

Book - 2021

"Approaching every awkward, taboo, and uncomfortable question with openness and patience, Emmanuel Acho connects his own experience with race and racism--from attending majority-white prep schools to his time in the NFL playing on majority-black football teams--to insightful lessons in black history and black culture. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy is just one way young readers can begin to short circuit racism within their own lives and communities." -- Amazon.com.

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Subjects
Genres
Juvenile works
Published
New York : Roaring Brook Press 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"An Oprah book."
"A young readers' adaptation of Uncomfortable conversations with a black man"--Cover.
Physical Description
312 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages [302]-312).
ISBN
9781250801067
1250801060
Main Author
Emmanuel Acho (-)
  • Part I: Me and You. The birth of whiteness ; Roll call: Black or African American? ; What do you see when you see me?: implicit bias ; The head start: white privilege ; Cite your sources or drop the class: cultural appropriation ; Mythical me: angry black men ; Nooooope!: the N-word
  • Part II: Us and Them. The game is rigged: systemic racism ; Standing up to your bullies: reverse racism ; The fix: who's governing the government? ; Thug life: justice for some
  • Part III: We. Good trouble: fighting for change ; Show up: how to be an ally ; Breaking the huddle: how to end racism.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* NFL player Acho took the world by storm with his web series addressing racial inequities by bringing white and Black people together in conversation. This title is born of that web series, offering young readers a play-by-play of America's dark history of racism at its various levels and pushing them to break the long-standing cycle of racialized injustice. Broken into three main parts, the book moves through cultural differences and stereotypes, institutionalized racism, and finally allyship and change. Standout chapters include the myth of the superpredator, the weaponization of whiteness, and the evolution of voter suppression. These subjects can be difficult for even the most well-versed in antiracist work, and, subsequently, each chapter is broken into digestible sections that teach, address discomfort, and offer actionable steps and resources. Acho, a Nigerian American man, very intentionally situates himself as cultural insider and outsider as it relates to both whiteness and Blackness—a move that works well for young readers who may be skeptical of their narrator's intention and understanding. There is humor, lightness, and relatability in Acho's reliance on pop culture and experience that will make this title a standout for use in classrooms, libraries, and homes. Included are extensive recommendations for further learning and a "Quick Talks" section that offers brief responses to commonly asked questions surrounding Blackness. This book may be marketed to a middle-grade audience, but whether you are 18 or 80, there's something to learn from in this thought-provoking pick. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Based on the author's viral video series and adapted for younger audiences, an introduction to systemic racism and racist behavior offers safe, judgment-free answers to common questions about uncomfortable subjects, from white privilege to how to disruptcommunity racism.5NjBwBT

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Based on the author’s viral video series and adapted for younger audiences, an introduction to systemic racism and racist behavior offers safe, judgment-free answers to common questions about uncomfortable subjects, from white privilege to how to disrupt community racism. 250,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Based on the author's viral video series and adapted for younger audiences, an introduction to systemic racism and racist behavior offers safe, judgment-free answers to common questions about uncomfortable subjects, from white privilege to how to disruptcommunity racism.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Adapted from Emmanuel Acho's New York Times bestseller Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, comes an essential young readers edition aimed at opening a dialogue about systemic racism with our youngest generation.Young people have the power to affect sweeping change, and the key to mending the racial divide in America lies in giving them the tools to ask honest questions and take in the difficult answers. Approaching every awkward, taboo, and uncomfortable question with openness and patience, Emmanuel Acho connects his own experience with race and racism—from attending majority-white prep schools to his time in the NFL playing on majority-black football teams—to insightful lessons in black history and black culture. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy is just one way young readers can begin to short circuit racism within their own lives and communities.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A young reader's edition of Emmanuel Acho's Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, aimed at opening a dialogue and mending the racial divide in America amongst our youngest generation.