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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy: Racism, Injustice, and How You Can Be a Changemaker

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Adapted from Emmanuel Acho's New York Times bestseller Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, comes an essential young readers edition aimed at opening a dialogue about systemic racism with our youngest generation.

Young people have the power to affect sweeping change, and the key to mending the racial divide in America lies in giving them the tools to ask honest questions and take in the difficult answers.

Approaching every awkward, taboo, and uncomfortable question with openness and patience, Emmanuel Acho connects his own experience with race and racism—from attending majority-white prep schools to his time in the NFL playing on majority-black football teams—to insightful lessons in black history and black culture.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy is just one way young readers can begin to short circuit racism within their own lives and communities.

ISBN-13: 9781250866103

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Square Fish

Publication Date: 05-23-2023

Pages: 336

Product Dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.84(d)

Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Emmanuel Acho is a Fox Sports Analyst (Co-Host, FS1 “Speak for Yourself”) and Host/Producer of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”, a web series about racism to drive open and uncomfortable dialogue. After earning his undergraduate degree in sports management in 2012, Emmanuel was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. He was then traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, where he spent most of his career. While in the NFL, Emmanuel spent off-seasons at the University of Texas to earn his master’s degree in Sports Psychology. In 2016, Emmanuel left the football field and picked up the microphone to begin his broadcast career. In 2018, Emmanuel was promoted within ESPN, where he served as the youngest national football analyst and was named a 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Selection. In 2017, he and his family’s non-profit organization, Living Hope Christian Ministries, raised enough funds to build a hospital in rural Nigeria.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Me and You

The Birth of Whiteness 21

1 Roll Call: Black or African American? 28

2 What Do You See When You See Me?: Implicit Bias 42

3 The Head Start: White Privilege 59

4 Cite Your Sources or Drop the Class: Cultural Appropriation 74

5 The Mythical Me: Angry Black Men 87

6 Nooooope!: The N-Word 107

Part II Us and Them

7 The Game is Rigged: Systemic Racism 123

8 Standing up to Your Bullies: Reverse Racism 147

9 The Fix: Who's Governing the Government 170

10 Thug Life: Justice for Some 197

Part III We

11 Good Trouble: Fighting for Change 221

12 Show Up: How to Be an Ally 247

13 Breaking the Huddle: How to End Racism 267

Acknowledgments 285

Quick Talks 290

Recommendations 302

References 305