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Bringing Up Race

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I received a free e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Bringing Up Race is an absolutely necessary book for those who want to raise anti-racist children. 

The book discusses everything from microagressions to colourism to Black hair. It is written from the perspective of a Black Nigerian woman living in London, but it is for parents of all colours and races and cultures. 

I found it very easy to read, and I thought it was both engaging and accessible. The style is quite conversational, and includes plenty of anecdotes and examples. I especially appreciated the 'Talking Points' at the end of each chapter, which take the form of Q&As based on the topic of the chapter. 

I'd definitely recommend it to all parents, and caregivers who want to raise anti-racist children, and to have conversations about race. It is a book that goes hand-in-hand with many other books on the topic of anti-racism including 'So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo and 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race' by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
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I love that this doesn't just identify the problem, but gives tips on how to actually implement the ideas in day to day parenting. The author uses both statistics and stories/anecdotes to make for a really enjoyable reading experience. This is what I would call super readable nonfiction.

I don't agree with everything she says (in one sentence she laments cuts to the police department in London) but overall I think there's a lot of value to this book. I did wonder throughout if the author was thinking a bit too much about the white gaze when she was writing but don't think I'm the right person to answer that question, as a white woman. I definitely did appreciate that she was including so many different experiences and situations. There was so much advice that I think will be specifically helpful to me as I parent.

I gave this one 4.5 stars but I always round up. My partner has already said he wants to get a copy based on the parts I kept telling him about while I was reading.
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Having no familiarity with Asika's blog, I was pulled into reading this book as the white mom of Black children.  This book would be a great starting point for any parent wanting to make sure that they are raising their children to be anti-racist and to learn more about how the world looks from the viewpoint of a person of color, particularly a Black mother of mixed heritage children.  While not a deep dive into any one topic, this book covers a plethora of race related topics, from hair to micro aggressions to colorism to being Black in a white space. One of my favorite aspects of this book are the "talking points" Asika covers at the end of each chapter. This section is in a question and answer format and gives advice on how to apply what was learned in the chapter to parenting, giving action steps. This book was the perfect balance of factual information and personal stories and I would highly recommend it.
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I found this book to be approachable and digestible - reading through it was interesting and thought-provoking. The author lives in London and is the mother of two sons. The book includes lots of her own stories and those of other parents she interviewed, and it seemed like most of the children were of mixed heritage. This book would be especially relevant to parents of Black or mixed heritage kids (i.e. some chapters covered topics like hair and skin tone or how to react when you are the victim of a racial slur), but there were lots of great points and ideas for any families as well. I am a White mother in the US and found good things to discuss with my child.
I especially liked that each chapter ended with "Talking Points" - sort of like a FAQ on that chapter's topic, with questions from parents usually on how to handle something and the author providing a response with suggestions.
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Born in Nigeria and living in Britain, Uju Asika is a mother and a blogger (among other things) with whom I was unfamiliar before reading this book. Her conversational tone and concise Q&As make this book a breeze to read despite its often heavy content. It's clear that she has mastered the art of blogging, and that it hasn't affected her ability to write a book with longer passages and a clear message. Among the many books now available about racism, and specifically racism as it affects children, this one contributes a fresh voice.
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Powerful words from Uju Asika. Bringing Up Race is a window text for me, and it contains much in terms of teaching. An important entry in a conversation that should continue, and a look at social justice action to be taken.
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‘What do we think of race is made up - It’s a social construct. What we think of as colour is a trick of the light.’

‘Remember that little eyes are watching and learning from everything including your silence.’

Uju Asika Is a blogger who was encouraged by her cousin to write this book about bringing up race and how to raise children in a prejudiced world. The chapters are arranged by theme including mixed heritage, skin colour, conversations with kids, history, being a global citizen, hair, different shades beauty. At the end of every chapter there is a Q&A where people bring up every day issues that arise and solutions for them. Overall I think the structure of the book works really well for what it is.. 

As far as the content is concerned, I believe that it can be something for everyone with little nuggets of wisdom that we all need to hear one way or another. A small disclaimer here: I am a white woman so a lot of the things explained or addressed are more relevant towards people of colour on how to deal with them and accept who they are. That being said, it was refreshing and informative to see another perspective of it as I’m a constant learning myself regarding race and the history behind it..

The book includes a lot of references of famous people, scientists, studies, films, documentaries, as well as personal experiences with her own kids, friends and family. That made it both a read with serious and credible sources yet not as abstract and detached  way as many non-box tend to be.

I do recommend this book for everyone whether they have kids or not. As a new mum myself I am trying to learn as much as possible and try to be the best I can be for my little one.

Thank you NetGalley for providing me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This is a timely book. I even learned something and I am an adult!!!! Very well written and I do feel this book will help anyone in talking about race. Yes, the title meantions kids but, we all can take something from this book. Highly recommended. Thanks to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for the arc of this book in return for my honest review. Receiving the book in this manner had no bearing on this review.
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