Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy
by Emmanuel Acho
* * * * Stars (Great!)
Emmanuel Acho is a former professional football player (now sports analyst) and author who created a series of videos called “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” where he tries to answer questions about race and racism and the black experience. This is the young readers edition of the book published for adults and it poses a series of questions to help readers understand various topics like how to refer to black people (depends on the person), biases, white privilege, cultural appropriation, dangerous and misleading myths or depictions of black people, the n-word, systemic racism, reverse racism, addressing racial inequities, bringing about change, and being an ally (among others!). Intended to get readers thinking about some of these issues and allowing them to get uncomfortable in a safe space, while also offering up some ways they can help to change things. He invites questions without judgment and provides answers that educate and enlighten, helping readers to broaden their understanding. A good starting place for everyone to start grappling with these issues. Recommended for middle and high school readers (grades 6+).
Reviewed by YA Librarian