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racism, resistance, and reclaiming Black freedom

By Khodi Dill
Illustrated by Stylo Starr
Interest Age: 14+
Grade: 8+
Reading Age: 14+
Hardcover : 9781773218076, 360 pages, October 2023 , 9.0" x 6.0"
Paperback : 9781773218083, 360 pages, October 2023 , 9.0" x 6.0"

Table of contents

the land

author’s note

epigraph

Introduction

 

section I: the know-up

chapter 1: the gut knows whussup

Intuition (gut feeling) as a way of knowing, Childhood and early experiences of racism, police and policing

 

chapter 2: black ain’t a colour; it’s a concept

Social construction of race, Biracial identity, Bahamian and Canadian identity, Wealth inequality

 

section II: personal liberation

 

chapter 3: don’t be hatin’ (yourself)

Self-worth and self-confidence, How white supremacy breaks down Black confidence and self-worth; Claiming that confidence as resisting white supremacist structures

 

chapter 4: how to show love, and rage, too

How Black emotions (especially joy and rage) are suppressed in a white supremacist society, Art as a means of expressing these emotions and as an act of resistance

chapter 5: black like you.

Blackness contains multitudes, The joy and possibility inherent in expressing one’s own Blackness and not what Blackness is assumed to be

 

section III: social transformation

 

chapter 6: make the old school new

The many ways schools and western education upholds white supremacist standards through, clothing, language and other means

 

chapter 7: pick your battles and your team

strategies for confronting racism and resisting oppression, Finding community to share in this fight, The importance of connecting with one’s ancestors/spirituality

 

conclusion

epilogue

further reading

sources

Description

An incisive, innovative, and inviting take on fighting oppression and fighting for racial justice.

Racism is a real and present danger. But how can you fight it if you don’t know how it works or where it comes from? Using a compelling mix of memoir, cultural criticism, and anti-oppressive theory, Khodi Dill breaks down how white supremacy functions in North America and gives readers tools to understand how racism impacts their lives. From dismantling internalized racism, decolonizing schools, joining social justice movements and more, Dill lays out paths to personal liberation and social transformation.

Vibrant, dramatic collages by stylo starr complement Dill’s propulsive voice. Fueled by joy and hope as much as by rage and sorrow, this groundbreaking book empowers racialized young people to be confident in their identities and embrace the fullness of their futures.