"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 instill 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.
About the Author
Uju Asika is a multiple award-nominated blogger, screenwriter and creative consultant. On her popular blog, Babes About Town, she shares 'witty, informative and beautifully written' stories about London, culture, and family life. A former journalist, she's written for publications such as The Guardian, Time Out and Salon.com and her poetry appears in select literary anthologies. As a screenwriter and script editor, she's worked on some of Africa's hottest TV shows, including the award-winning series Tinsel. Born in Nigeria, Uju grew up in the UK and has worked in London, New York, and Lagos. She lives in north London with her husband and two football-mad boys.
Asika debuts with a powerful take on an attentive, thoughtful, and anti-racist parenting philosophy that supports children's empathy and addresses painful realities head-on. Asika's openness and wide range of sources (she cites psychologists, journalists, and friends) provide the groundwork to build conscious communication skills, and she makes a strong case that honest dialogue and a sense of affirmation are key to raising children who are prepared to create a better future. This is a must-read for parents, educators, and anyone looking to raise kinder children. - Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review