BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘The Black Friend’ by Frederick Joseph

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, host of the long-running Book Stew, a video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, authors, playwrights, and even a cat who survived a tornado and wrote a book about it.

The Black Friend by Frederick Joseph

Need a guidebook for helping your white family members figure out how to establish good relationships with Black people, and maybe even how to become an accomplice who takes action rather than ally who apologies for other white people after the harm has been done?

This is IT. There’s so much useful information here, in the form of personal stories and of commentary by 14 Black thought leaders and creatives. Subjects covered: the necessity of SEEING race, not denying it; recognizing racism, not ignoring it; the righteousness of affirmative action; “for us, by us;” what’s in a name and in a hairstyle; and the never-ending “no, you can’t use that word.”

Told with humor and grace, and despite Ron DeSantis, this book should be in EVERY school and public library.

QUOTES: “To have someone judge you by getting to know you is a powerful and life-changing thing when you’ve never been treated that way.”

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