Jason Reynolds on the Language of Discussing Racism with Kids

June 8, 2020 | 1

On the Kojo Nnamdi Show, YA author Jason Reynolds discusses the goal behind writing Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You with Ibram X. Kendi. “I think it’s always complicated to take such massive ideas and to whittle them into something bite-size without pandering or condescending to children,” Reynolds explains. “I don’t think you have to condescend in order to give them that which is true. It can be sophisticated and nuanced, and still be for them.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

One comment:

  1. I grew up a poor white child, in the 60s. I was taught to love and respect all people regardless of race. I’ve traveled extensively, have long-lasting friends and dated women of all races. I’m sure there are racists out there. Yet I see a media inciting racism, eager to get attention for financial gain, way ahead of investigation. We’re all being had. Our cities were burned and looted, using George Floyd under false pretense. On a fatal dose of meth, we now know he cried out “I can’t breathe”, in the car, long before the officer put his knee on him. Most of racism was overcome, lawman policies changed a long time ago. We’re being had, by those who seek to gain by reigniting this tired wornout excuse for lack of initiative, personal accountability.

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