How to Fight Racism: A Guide to Standing Up for Racial Justice (Young Reader's)
Kids deal with racism and social justice issues every day; give them the tools to effectively fight injustices using Christian principles and practical tools. In this adaptation of How to Fight Racism, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Jemar Tisby helps young readers ages 8-12 understand how everyday prejudice affects them, what they can do to create social change, how to maintain an anti-racist mindset, and make a positive difference in the world.
Racism is pervasive in today's world, and in the wake of protests and a call for change, many kids are eager to confront it but aren't always sure how. Jemar Tisby, author of How to Fight Racism and?The Color of Compromise, believes we need to move beyond mere discussions?about?racism and begin equipping young people with the practical tools to fight against it.
In How to Fight Racism Young Reader's Edition, Dr. Tisby uses history to explore how racism has affected America since before its founding and how it's continued to grow, as well as examines how true social justice is rooted in the Christian faith. In a format that provides kids with a handbook for pursuing racial justice, readers ages 8-12 will discover:
- hands-on suggestions and real-world examples of?change they can put into action
- practical ideas for confronting racism and social injustice in their?everyday lives, and how they can use Christian values to change the narrative around race
- the ARC of racial justice--Awareness, Connection, and?Relationships--that help form an anti-racist mindset
- ways to evaluate their actions and promote biblical principles
Throughout, kids will learn how to ask questions of themselves and their communities as they stand up to racism in all its forms. This book is for anyone who believes it is time to courageously confront the racism we see in our society today.
How to Fight Racism Young Reader's Edition:
- Is ideal for any young person wanting to make a?difference in today's world
- Can be used by families and church groups to start?meaningful conversations with kids
- Provides practical tools and advice for how to deal with social justice and racism
- Is written at a level kids in grades 4 through 6 and?beyond can understand
- Can be used in a small group setting to develop discussions of diversity, racism, social justice, and more
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About the Author
Jemar Tisby (BA, University of Notre Dame; MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary) is CEO of The Witness, Inc., an organization dedicated to Black uplift. He is also cohost of the Pass the Mic podcast and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Color of Compromise. He has spoken nationwide at conferences, and his writing has been featured by the Washington Post, CNN, and The Atlantic. Jemar is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the twentieth century.
In a world constantly asking us to choose 'biblical principles' over 'wokeness, ' How to Fight Racism Young Reader's Edition reminds us the very measure of faith in action is how it responds to the word's injustices. This book offers language, tools, framing, and important historical perspective not often taught in schools. It is a must read for today's students and tomorrow's leaders.--Nelba Marquez-Green, licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of This Grieving Life and the Ana Grace Project
Jemar Tisby has created essential reading for any young person asking, 'Yeah, but what can I do?' In a compelling way, he invites us around his table--a table big enough for all of our questions, curiosities, and fears--and guides us with vivid storytelling and practical steps. As a parent, I'm thrilled for this resource in the continual work of bending our universe toward understanding, equity, and justice.--Bethany Anne Lind, actor in Ozark, Doom Patrol, Reprisal, and Stranger Things
Our children need to learn the truth about the history of race in America. This powerful book will inspire young minds to pursue compassion, knowledge, and the necessary work of racial justice in their lives of faith.--Kate Bowler, Duke professor and New York Times bestselling author of Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I've Loved) and Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel
'Our toolboxes need all the quality tools we can get that equip us to effectively combat racism. Jemar Tisby has provided two wonderful resources, one for adults and one for youth, in his books How To Fight Racism and How To Fight Racism, Young Reader's Edition. These honest books, which we given to me by the publisher, help equip readers to recognize patterns, establish a map for action, and become better rooted in why God calls us to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly...These books are essential reading for all, in particular those who are ready for a well-reasoned road map that provides them with clear, actionable plans for how to compassionately and wisely go forth in the pursuit of racial justice. Readers will come away with how to be better aware, how to be in effective relationships, and how to build strong communities. We can only better serve those God places in our lives when we are committed to being intentionally justice-oriented. Both editions of How To Fight Racism help equip readers in these efforts. Dr. Tisby has written two resources that are not be missed.'--Practical Resources for Churches
How to Fight Racism Young Reader's Edition is an honest but refreshing look at the ugly aspects of American history that have divided us, but it also gives us the themes that unite us. Dr. Tisby takes time to not only give history, he includes encouraging stories of those from the past who've bravely united us.--BJ Thompson, executive director of Build A Better Us
This accessible and practical book for children, adapted by Tisby from his adult title, lines the road map for fighting racism from a Christian perspective. Tisby, a Black man, includes his own personal experiences encountering and fighting racism. He uses a framework called ARC (awareness, relationships, commitment) as a guide. The book covers the history of racism in America and offers actionable efforts that kids could reasonably undertake within the ARC framework. Examples include seeking interracial friendships, starting a book club, raising money for racial-justice causes, hosting a Freedom School, or running for student government. Each chapter has sidebars with definitions and questions at the end for readers to consider. Profiles of nine notable Black individuals are found throughout the book, though no photos or illustrations are included. Although the book is presented through a Christian perspective (along with Bible quotes), it's accessible to all readers, regardless of their religious beliefs. A useful and well-sourced book for young people interested in taking action for racial justice.--Booklist
'Jemar Tisby's adaptation of How to Fight Racism to suit a younger audience is a thoughtful and courageous attempt to bring racial consciousness to the Christian family. Aimed at children ages eight through twelve, Tisby breaks down complicated and often-thorny subjects in a way that is easy for young readers to understand. Chapters that feature brave actions and words by activists and scholars such as Jane Elliott, Howard Thurman, John Lewis, Ruby Bridges, and others show the power of standing up for racial justice. In addition to historical background, the book offers excellent learning tools and frameworks, such as lists of 'questions to consider, ' the ARC of racial justice, and steps to racial identity development. It's never too early to start the conversation with children about the effects of prejudice and how to work toward social change. From a Christian perspective, Tisby argues that racism is not simply a difference of opinion: it is a sin. He challenges young people to take up 'courageous Christianity, ' that is, to fully embody the value that all people are made in the image of God. The book is a great read for young readers and their parents from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Together as learners, they can understand the history of race, develop awareness about racism, and commit to building a racially inclusive community.'--San Francisco Book Review
Award of Merit, Christianity Today 2023 Book Awards--Christianity Today Book Awards