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Book Review: STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Updated: May 2, 2021

Looking for a resource that will help you fully understand the history of racism STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You has got your back!

This book is an adaption of the book STAMPED from the Beginning. The only difference, STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You was written for middle and high schoolers.

When I first heard of this book, it sounded interesting, but I didn't want to have to trudge through another history book, or so I thought....

In fact, the first words in this book disagreed with me, "Before we begin, let's get something straight. This is not a history book. I repeat, this is not a history book."

Jason Reynolds draws you in immediately. He talks to you like he's your friend, not your history teacher. Once you start, you won't want to stop. I've never enjoyed learning about history more.

The book was a conversation, filled with mixed feelings and emotions. It was a conversation I didn't want to end. STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You helped connect the dots between other U.S. history events and the history of racism.

One thing that's CRAZY that I learned was that the original story of Tarzan was racist!

So there's this really good black boxer, Jack Johnson. He was undefeated! So then, this super racist white guy came along and wanted to remind America that black people were savages and should be feared. He wrote Tarzan of the Apes where basically Tarzan (his name means white skin) saves a woman from African savages over and over.

It made me realize that I'm really blind to the fact that one of my favorite stories was birthed from racism. Now I know not to believe everything I see or hear.

This book is WONDERFUL! You can get it at your local book store or online. Happy reading!

John 15:12

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