The other talk Reckoning with our white privilege

Brendan Kiely, 1977-

Book - 2021

"All too many kids of color get 'the talk.' The talk about where to keep their hands, how to wear their clothes, how to speak, how to act around police-an honest talk, a talk about survival in a racist world. The get "the talk" because they must. But white kids don't get this talk. Instead, they're barely spoken to about race at all-and that needs to change. The Other Talk begins this much-needed conversation for white kids. In an accessible, anecdotal, and hon...est account from his own life, Brendan Kiely introduces young readers to white privilege, unconscious bias, and allyship-because racism isn't just an issue for people of color, it's an issue white people have to deal with, too, and it's time we all start doing our part"--

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Subjects
Genres
Young adult nonfiction
Published
New York : Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
On title page, the word "my" is struck out and overlaid with the word "our."
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book."
Physical Description
xviii, 253 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 12 up.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographic references (pages 227-247).
ISBN
9781534494046
1534494049
9781534494053
1534494057
Main Author
Brendan Kiely, 1977- (author)
Other Authors
Sean Williams, (Photographer) (illustrator), Jason Reynolds (writer of introduction)
  • tAn introduction /
  • by Jason Reynolds
  • Bottle of Nesquik, bottle of Long Since Forgotten
  • Two Americas
  • So what is this talk I never got?
  • How I tell a story
  • White boy
  • Chicken and egg problem... solved!
  • Cheating to win
  • History lives in the present
  • The entire system is rigged
  • Ninja runs
  • Hard look in the mirror
  • Interruption
  • What bullying looks like... to a whole community
  • So step up!
  • Well, actually, hang on a second... step back
  • Messing up
  • Messing up... and listening
  • Who?
  • Listening... without getting defensive
  • Listening... and believing
  • Taking action.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Alluding to "The Talk," a discussion many parents of color have with their children about the dangers of racism, Kiely presents his own thought-provoking talk about racism to white teen readers. Following an introduction by Jason Reynolds, who cowrote the Coretta Scott King Award-winning All American Boys (2015) with Kiely, the author opens with stories of two teens, one Black and one white, at convenience stores. By the end of the night, the innocent Black teen would be shot dead because of his skin color; the white teen (who Kiely reveals to be his younger self) would steal a drink and get away with it because no one saw him as a threat. Using a direct, conversational style, Kiely expands on this story and adds more unflinching ones along the way as he explains white privilege and how the social construct of race was developed. He also includes a wealth of data and examples to describe how systemic racism has impacted all areas of society, from education and business to housing and health care. In the latter part of the book, Kiely implores young white people to recognize their own privilege and stand up to racism, emphasizing that sometimes the best way to step up is to first listen to those affected. A heartfelt, motivating, and necessary call to action. Grades 7-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This approachable memoir and guide, comprising Kiely's own experiences relating to race and allyship, is a welcome tool to help facilitate conversations with white teenagers about white privilege, and the ongoing journey to become effective allies to those in the "Global Majority," on both a personal and systemic level. By openly detailing personal missteps—from participating in "ninja runs" to jokingly terrorize his neighborhood with fellow white friends, to "recklessly minivanning" down the highway with no consequences save for a "tender" warning from a police officer—Kiely creates a judgment-free space, skillfully demonstrating that there "are two different Americas, divided by racism" and that honestly addressing the realities of whiteness is imperative "to do better than our past." Conversationally addressing common arguments that white people employ during "uncomfortable" discussions on race and privilege, Kiely shuts down justifications with directly applicable data; concrete definitions of terms and ideas, such as cultural ethnicity and race; and anecdotes that both address reader questions and provide the language and encouragement to dig deeper, ask questions, and become coconspirators in the fight for equity and equality. Front matter features an introduction by Jason Reynolds; back matter features an author's note, endnotes, and bibliography. Ages 12–up. Agent: Rob Weisbach, Rob Weisbach Creative Management. (Sept.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Most kids of color grow up talking about racism. They have "The Talk" with their families-the honest talk about survival in a racist world. But white kids don't. They're barely spoken to about race at all-and that needs to change. Because not talking about racism doesn't make it go away. Not talking about white privilege doesn't mean it doesn't exist. The Other Talk begins this much-needed conversation for white kids. In an instantly readable and deeply honest account of his own life, Brendan Kiely offers young readers a way to understand one's own white privilege and why allyship is so vital, so that we can all start doing our part-today"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this much-needed and timely book, an award-winning New York Times best-selling author starts a conversation with white kids, introducing them to white privilege, unconscious bias and allyship. 100,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A School Library Journal Best Book of the YearAward-winning and New York Times bestselling author Brendan Kiely starts a conversation with white kids about race in this “well-executed and long overdue” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) introduction to white privilege and why allyship is so vital. Talking about racism can be hard, but...Most kids of color grow up doing it. They have “The Talk” with their families—the honest talk about survival in a racist world.But white kids don’t. They’re barely spoken to about race at all—and that needs to change. Because not talking about racism doesn’t make it go away. Not talking about white privilege doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.The Other Talk begins this much-needed conversation for white kids. In an instantly relatable and deeply honest account of his own life, Brendan Kiely offers young readers a way to understand one’s own white privilege and why allyship is so vital, so that we can all start doing our part—today.