The Black Friend Teacher's Guide

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This teaching guide to accompany The Black Friend includes an overview of the core themes of the book, suggestions for effective classroom discourse about the complicated subject of race in America, and reflection and discussion questions for every chapter - many of which can form the basis of writing or journaling assignments.
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The Black Friend
The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person
Frederick Joseph

Speaking directly to the reader, The Black Friend calls up race-related anecdotes from the author’s past, weaving in his thoughts on why they were hurtful and how he might handle things differently now. Each chapter features the voice of at least one artist or activist, including Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give; April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite; Jemele Hill, sports journalist and podcast host; and eleven others. Touching on everything from cultural appropriation to power dynamics, “reverse racism” to white privilege, microaggressions to the tragic results of overt racism, this book serves as conversation starter, tool kit, and invaluable window into the life of a former “token Black kid” who now presents himself as the friend many readers need. Backmatter includes an encyclopedia of racism, providing details on relevant historical events, terminology, and more.

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