Review: It’s Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out

It's Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out

It’s Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out by St. Stephen’s Community House

September 1, 2012 – Annick Press

120 pages – nonfiction, diversity, young adult, adult

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Source: Netgalley

A copy of this book was given to me,free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

From Goodreads: “Black, white, and everything in between . . .”
Through poems, interviews, and short essays, a group of young people describe being biracial, multiracial, or of mixed race. These poignant firsthand accounts reflect the unique and varied voices of the writers, whose backgrounds range from Caribbean, Vietnamese, and Latin American to Native American, Spanish, and Irish, among others.
With devastating honesty, these youth tell what it’s been like to make their way in the world with their roots in many places and in many cultures. Themes include navigating mixed-race relationships, dealing with prejudice and the assumptions people make based on appearances, and working through identity confusion to arrive at a strong and positive sense of self. This resource will be of special value to youth who live in less diverse communities, where they have few or no mixed-race peers to share their experiences with.
Includes a section with suggestions for parents and caregivers who are raising children of mixed race.
Readers who share these experiences will find support, inspiration, and validation. Those less familiar with the issues will gain important insight and understanding.

My Thoughts:

It’s taken me a long minute to finally get this onto the pile, but I am glad that I finally did.  Honestly. it’s right on time since I’ve had my first child, who is multiracial. This was a really quick read and it was very informative and very well organized. Through interviews, poetry and other forms of writing, young people get to share their experience and how they felt about being mixed. I believe that this is an important piece of work because it gives a voice to an often overlooked community. Though, I have Cherokee and Italian running through me, I self-identify as being black. So I have no idea what the world looks and feels like through multiracial and biracial glasses. And the average person won’t understand that it is experienced differently because of the race one is perceived to be a part of or self-identifies with. This book gives you a lot to think about and to be aware of. It is also a great way to start a dialogue.

5 stars*****

Always Shine!


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