Click Here To Buy Heidi Durrow’s semi-autobiographical novel is probably one of the most popular books about mixed-race experiences.
The book tells the story of a mixed girl, who was raised to think of herself as white, but whose light-brown skin comes with the expectation that she’ll “act Black” when she’s suddenly growing up in a Black neighborhood.
You’ll walk away from Notes understanding just how important it is to know the big picture stuff in order to understand the person those issues might affect everyday.
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Fair warning: Saga is a comic book, which a lot of people think means “kid friendly.” Saga is sooo not anywhere near being for children.
When I was a new mother living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 2010, I often forgot that my infant son, Harper, didn’t look like me.
Algren’s stories get deep into the lives of the poor without falling into the all-too-common stereotypes or making all his characters sad little victims.
Instead, you get a very realistic, very diverse look at the very real lives of the people at the bottom rungs of society, and Algren pulls this off with some seriously beautiful storytelling, too.
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Using different metaphors and imaginary worlds or circumstances to talk about the issues facing us today it what sci-fi and fantasy do best, and The Intuitionist is one of the best examples of exploring race through fantastical fiction.
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What makes an interracial relationship happy, no matter what heritages you’re working with, is just being open, understanding, and willing to learn.