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Antiracist Baby
[PDF] Antiracist Baby PDF by Ibram X. Kendi
No. Of Pages: 05
PDF Size: 236 KB
Language: English
Category: eBooks & Novels
Author: Ibram X. Kendi

Antiracist Baby Summary

There are a plethora of excellent children’s novels about black life, but the field is far from representational. According to figures gathered by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018, over half of the characters represented in children’s books are white. When there is a focus on diversity or characters of colour, the writers and/or artists may not be from the culture represented. Many novels that were formerly hailed as multicultural have been harmed by this question of cultural authenticity. Even Ezra Jack Keats’ groundbreaking (and still beautiful) novel The Snowy Day, which follows the exploits of Peter, a black man, has been chastised because its author is white. For example, issues of cultural appropriation and/or outright racism in many children’s so-called classics (for example, Laura Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series or Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) make them questionable reading material for today’s kids, no matter how nostalgic parents may feel about books they once adored.

Ibram X. Kendi’s Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky, has sold out online and in bookstores across the country for these and other reasons, including the Black Lives Matter movement and recent worldwide demonstrations demanding racial equity and an end to police brutality against people of colour. For young children, a book by the person who wrote How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America would be great.

On her website, Lukashevsky says she uses illustration and visual art as a tool to advance social movements for racial justice, immigrant justice, climate justice, mental health, and LGBTQIA+ freedom. Kendi, a former journalist, is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, professor of History, and founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, as well as the 2020–2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Kendi explains why he decided to adapt his work for children: I am the mother of a four-year-old girl. She requested that a book be read to her, and I requested that I be given a book to read to her. I’m particularly thrilled about the book because I wanted to provide other parents with a tool to utilise with their young children to begin dialogues about racism before they even realise it. The idea is that by the time they’re older, they’ll have heard so much about it that it won’t seem strange or forbidden anymore.

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