Episode 2: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
We loved Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi so very much. This book is powerful and poignant and we couldn’t recommend it more. Hope you enjoy!
Content Warning: in this episode, we discuss a lot of really difficult topics including racialized violence, torture, and abuse. If you or someone you know is the victim of child abuse, please contact ChildHelp 1-800-422-4453 for assistance
Here’s a list of the resources we mention throughout the episode. There are more that we did not talk about and so many that we probably don’t know exist. But we commit to keep learning. Please contact us with other resource recommendations. Legacies of slavery – mass incarceration, racial wealth gap
- If you haven’t seen Ava Duverney’s documentary 13th (2016) about the legacy of slavery via mass incarceration in America, it’s time. You can check out this NYT review, and the film is available on Netflix.
- The New Jim Crow. Mass Incarceration in the age of Color Blindness (2010) by Michelle Alexander. This is at the top of J&K’s non-YA fantasy TBR list.
- Vox’s series of short documentaries, Explained, explores the racial wealth gap in Episode 3. This post summarizes the episode and has a ton of great recommendations for further reading. Available on Netflix.
Books and articles about experiencing racism (and/or privilege)
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2015) by British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge is a collection of seven essays. NPR had this to say about the book. Reni Eddo-Lodge writes even more on her website, and she now has a podcast called About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge (downloading an episode right meow!)
- Between the World and Me (2015) by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
- Brittany Packnett’s post in the wake of Nia Wilson’s tragic death, “How to Spend Your Privilege”, is one of the most succinct and direct calls to white people (i.e., “You didn’t earn it [your white privilege], so give it away”).
- Amandla Stenberg’s interview with Variety in which she addresses being biracial and light skin privilege.
- Trevor Noah’s memoir Born a Crime. Stories from a South African Childhood (2016). The interview he did with NPR is so good (a bit long, 43ish minutes).
- You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain (2016) by Phoebe Robinson, who is f-ing hilarious, btw.
- The movie Good Hair (2009) featuring Chris Rock. Here’s the trailer.
- More bullshit from the NFL, this time about hair pulling, a technically “legal” (yet controversial) move according to the game’s rules.
White feminism BS
- Let’s stop the white washing of the Me Too movement by A. supporting survivors and B. recognizing the badass Tarana Burke, who has been doing this work for a looooong time before white feminism had something to say about it starting in 2017.
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And I am listening to this one, too, and guess what, I have a little pang of jealousy. Nice to have smart friends to talk books with. Not to mention social progress. Why are so many YA books about magic and supernatural activity but contemporary young adult readers in my experience are so skeptical and, practically scared of religious sensibilities? Do YA reader of books about magic aspire to become magical themselves? Does it inspire discipline in magical directions? I’m mean, secretly, of course. Do YA readers secretly believe in the powers of the YA characters? The way I believed in and tried to understand and develop the techniques of spiritual practice that I encountered in books like “Siddhartha” (Buddhist novel, by Hesse).