This Book Is Anti-Racist

Photo image: Aurélia Durand

Aurélia Durand is a French illustrator based in Paris. Her work is dedicated to representing people of color in society, and she uses bold art as a vivid demonstration. “I use vibrant colors and joyful music to spread good vibes to talk about diversity and open a conversation about why it matters to include more color in our society.” She wants to create more nuanced illustrative stories by portraying women of color standing proudly and fiercely. Her work has been featured in advertising campaigns, galleries, and editorial magazines. Her clients include Apple, Refinery29, and Facebook. She shares her work online on different platforms, mainly Instagram, where she posts daily illustrations, live paintings, and animations. Find her on Instagram: @4ur3lia.

This Book is Anti Racist

Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation. Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing, and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. 20 activities get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge. All you need is a pen and paper.

Author Tiffany Jewell, an anti-bias, anti-racist educator and activist, builds solidarity beginning with the language she chooses—using gender neutral words to honor everyone who reads the book. Illustrator Aurélia Durand brings the stories and characters to life with kaleidoscopic vibrancy.

This book is written for EVERYONE who lives in this racialized society—including the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life, the kid who has lost themself at times trying to fit into the dominant culture, the children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn’t stand up for themselves, and also for their families, teachers, and administrators.

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This Book is Anti-Racist

Este libro es anti racista

¿Quién eres? ¿Qué es el racismo? ¿De dónde viene? ¿Por qué existe? ¿Qué puedes hacer para interrumpirlo? Aprende sobre las identidades sociales, la historia del racismo y la resistencia contra él, y cómo puedes usar tu visión y voz antirracista para mover el mundo hacia la equidad y la liberación. Obtén una comprensión más profunda de tu ser antirracista a medida que avanzas a través de 20 capítulos que provocan la introspección, revelan los orígenes del racismo que todavía estamos experimentando y te dan el coraje y el poder para deshacerlo. Cada capítulo se basa en el anterior a medida que aprendes más sobre ti mismo y la opresión racial. 20 actividades te hacen pensar y te ayudan a crecer con el conocimiento. Todo lo que necesitas es papel y lápiz.

La autora Tiffany Jewell, una educadora y activista anti-prejuiciosa y anti-racista, construye solidaridad comenzando con el lenguaje que ella elige, usando palabras neutrales de género para honrar a todos los que leen el libro. La ilustradora Aurélia Durand da vida a las historias y los personajes con una vitalidad caleidoscópica.

Este libro está escrito para TODOS los que viven en esta sociedad racializada, incluido el joven que no sabe cómo hablar con los adultos racistas en su vida, el niño que se ha perdido a veces tratando de encajar en la cultura dominante, los niños que han sido lastimados (física y emocionalmente) porque nadie los defendió o no pudieron defenderse a sí mismos, y también a sus familias, maestros y administradores.

Who Am I? Laying the Foundation for Talking About Racism.


Talking about the book

You may ask guiding questions or ask family members to just respond. I like using sticky notes because they offer kids a chance to share freely and (sometimes) anonymously. Once everyone has had time to look and respond, you may sit in a circle and ask family members if anyone would like to share their thoughts and responses and if there are any questions.

What do the words mean to you?

How can you relate to what the chapters describe?


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If you want to explore even more ideas from this book, check out this parent guide published by the author and publisher Quartoknows.

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