Not My Idea - A Book About Whiteness - a picture book read by a dad - Seriously Read A Book!

Not My Idea - A Book About Whiteness - a picture book read by a dad - Seriously Read A Book!

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[Music] everybody my name is John welcome to seriously read a book today we're going to read not my idea a book about whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham she writes books about subjects that adults find hard to discuss with kids so this is a what they call like a forward or a dedication in a 1993 interview Toni Morrison said about racism in America
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white people have a very very serious problem and they should start thinking about what they can do about it she added take me out of it those words landed in me as a direct command I made this book for my own white sons with help from their teachers and mine it's dedicated to the Brooklyn Free School where my family was first called upon to engage with whiteness in order to dismantle white supremacy also this book is written to start a conversation in your family feel free to watch this video and leave in the comments like what do you think of it what do you
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think of these ideas um I have my own thoughts but I'm really interested in yours okay here we go when grown-ups try to hide scary things from kids oh no not again oh and look at what she's looking at over here let me tell what that is yeah it looks like a hand holding a gun what mom what not again it says a little girl it's usually because they are scared too
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who is that with their hands up why is that policeman screaming at him bang bang bang bang bang Wow how do you imagine she's feeling there I guess she's looking at the TV seeing that they want to bury the truth can you tell what that hand is about to hit there yeah it looks like the power button on a remote control to me you don't need to worry about this you're safe understand little
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girls thinking no our family is kind to everyone we don't see color deep down we all know color matters oh and look at with little girls drawing can you see that yeah what is that mm-hmm [Applause] skin color makes a difference in how the world sees you and in how you see the
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world I want to bring my aunt a gift this will only take a minute says the mother and walks the girl into some store as she's wearing a hoodie it makes a difference in how much trouble seems to find you or let you be and this is interesting you have a security guard here there are two kids each of them is looking at breakable items whose the security guard paying attention to can you see the prices on these things right
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it's the price on these guys is like $8 $10 the price over here $15 so if something gets broken what's the worst thing that could get broken right these guys but where's the security guard looking yeah in stores in cars on sidewalks at school your skin color effects the most ordinary daily
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experiences including oh yeah tell what's going on there looks like she's quite happy some policemen in the background she's playing a game or something not even noticing the cops really including which neighborhoods welcome you and which ones don't so relieved you got here safely looks like a grandmother character why wouldn't we the protests they're
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blocking the road this is some fellow from an armchair guessing it's a grand father marchers came to the man justice for the unarmed african-american they demand an end to killings across the nation part of a shameful pattern that has claimed the lives particularly of young men of color marchers referenced past victims and the video taken by a bystander his TV breaking news family speaks out on police shooting yeah what do you think's happening there how do you mention those folks feel you
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may get the message that racism is happening only to black and brown people I can't watch the news that police officer was just doing his job says the mother racism is a white person's problem and we are all caught up in it mostly by refusing to look at it you can face this come away from the TV now look I made your favorite when there's her favorite that brownies ha ha no man look
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this is this is a nice home right like this is a good home more people people love each other like bless this mess it's a cross there it apples out racial justice we must step up say something on the TV understanding the truth takes courage especially a painful truth about your own people your own family are you alright says the mother looking at her from the in the rearview mirror
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you think she's alright even people you love maybe --have in ways that show they think they are the good ones what's interesting it's like one hand is holding a pocketbook the other hand is locking the door they appear to be in a neighborhood where there are mostly people with brown skin that could be a racist move right so they're going to a public library racism was not your idea
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you don't need to defend it I'll be over here if you need me okay since the mother you can bring your curiosity to learn about it and see that it's true going down the steps she sees a book called our shared history in the United States of America white people have committed outrageous crimes against black people for 400 years all along every step of the way people who love justice and love each other have been fighting back
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many white people did things they never should have done denied opportunity there's bank loan denied notice of eviction that's where you kick someone out of a house denied housing denied voting rights Oh voter registration tests they used to give these to people who they knew couldn't pass them so that to make sure that they couldn't vote right those policies were tart targeted at people mostly who are african-american to make
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sure that African Americans couldn't couldn't vote many other white people failed to see the problem with this they exploited the love and labor of black women yes ma'am says a brown-skinned lady holding a white kid and then interesting little white kids clothed with dollar bills yeah yeah these choices put wealth and power into white hands homes and neighborhoods right so the systems for getting loans having a
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home in voting have been rigged against black folks and for people who have skin that looks like mine in the United States some white people joined the leaders of black liberation angelina Grimke and Sarah Grimke abolitionists suffragists sisters Julian Bond and members of a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 1963 liberation equals love and freedom Nina Simone 1967
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she's an amazing singer by the way nuns and fellow marchers on the Selma to Montgomery March 1965 John Lewis and fellow demonstrators Neil 1962 mr. Lewis Colin Kapernick Neil's 2017 mister Kapernick racism is still happening it keeps changing and keeps being the same yeah how do you feel like what do you think she's feeling there if
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I had to guess I would say overwhelmed right this is a big part of history that people don't don't even know how to talk to kids about and yet just being here alive in this moment you have a chance to care about this to connect and there she is in back in the library for some other kids chance to connect but connecting means opening and opening sometimes feels like
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breaking that's how opening is our cars parked over here love says her mom uh mom I don't feel good uh-oh should I pull over says her mother I need to know what's going on what are you talking about why didn't anyone teach me real history I do see color I see yours mine and everybody's you can't hide what's right in front of me that's the little girl I know that what that police officer did
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was wrong she says as her mother's driving go deer instincts on this one racial justice is possible okay jeez you don't have to yell but only if we're honest with each other and ourselves I see a playground over there I want to get some air yes she runs over playing there's some more kids your history's not all written
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yet what do you want it to say the end and then because Anastasia Higginbotham is fun and and creates little things at the ends of her books here are some activities want to know whose liberation you're fighting for your own white supremacy has been lying to kids for centuries white supremacy is pretend the truth is much simpler dangerous not
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dangerous whiteness is a bad deal it always was all right here's a contract binding you to whiteness you get stolen land stolen riches special favors and then there's little footnote says land riches and favors may be revoked at any time for any reason whiteness gets to mess endlessly with the lives of your friends neighbors loved ones and all fellow humans of color for the purpose of profit the only price is your sole sign below dude we can see your pointy tail
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yeah who do you think is trying to make this deal mmm-hmm not an angel you can be white without signing on to whiteness then this talks about Juliet Hampton Morgan born 1914 died 1957 do not mess with me I mean this talks about what she did she was a white librarian who fought for racial justice in Montgomery Alabama when Juliet was riding the bus in the white driver would refuse to pick up a
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black bus rider even after he collected their fare this was common by the way Juliet would pull the emergency cord and raise a chi double hockey sticks until the driver did his job this was an act of love for herself and for the community to which she belonged what she did is called disrupting white supremacy grow justice this is something you can do inside yourself like a bean sprout in a milk carton what if it dies
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plant it again never stop planting justice and earlier in the book I don't know if you remember she says that justice is love plus compassion and oftentimes it comes with some action a strong internal sense of justice will not fail you even when a lack of justice in the world does innocence is overrated knowledge is power and it says color this in so you
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guys could get this book and color that in or feel free to create a giant banner and write knowledge is power and hanging in your bedroom knowledge is power get some grow wise make history make history oh and then this talks about Anastasia her books about ordinary terrible things tell stories of children navigate trouble with their senses sharp and soles intact and that's my hope for you that you can do that to help may come from family counselors teachers and
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dreams but it's the children who find their own way through anastasia has been making books by hand or whole life as a way to cope with change and grow you can too so not only can you read books not only can you watch some dude reading you a book on youtube you can make books feel free to make one if you make one will let me know I'd love to see it and that's it this is not my idea a book about whiteness written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham y'all if you like
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