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The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person

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The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person
Written by Frederick Joseph
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781536223040
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The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person

author: Frederick Joseph

“We don’t see color.” “I didn’t know Black people liked Star Wars!” “What hood are you from?” As a student in a largely white high school, Frederick Joseph often simply let wince-worthy moments go. When he grew older, he saw them as missed opportunities to stand up for himself and bring awareness to those who didn’t see the hurt they caused. Here, Joseph speaks to the reader as he wishes he’d spoken to his friends, unpacking hurtful race-related anecdotes from his past and sharing how he might handle things differently now. Each chapter also features the voice and experience of an artist or activist, including Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give; April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite; and Jemele Hill, sports journalist and podcast host. From cultural appropriation to power dynamics, “reverse racism” to white privilege, this book is a conversation starter, tool kit, and window into the life of a former “token Black kid.” Back matter includes an encyclopedia of racism, including details on historical events and terminology.

“A hard-hitting resource for action and change.” —Booklist (starred review)
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$12.00 / $16.00
isbn-10/isbn-13:
1536223042 /  9781536223040
on sale date:
01/2023
type/format:
Non-Fiction / Paperback
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
288 / 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
 
subjects:
Social Topics; Social Science;
author’s comments:
Frederick Joseph is a New York Times best-selling writer and an award-winning activist, philanthropist, and marketing professional. He was named to the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, is a recipient of the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, given by Comic-Con International: San Diego, and was selected for the 2018 Root 100, an annual list of the most influential African Americans. He has written articles on race, marketing, and politics for outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Essence, the Huffington Post, and the Root. He lives in New York City.
 
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