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Banned Book Review: The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person

Updated: Jul 31

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The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph

Reviewed by Jenn, Cheyenne, WY

This nonfiction book is a primer on racism, in both its obvious and more subtle forms, for White people. Frederick relays both his own and others' experiences with racism in the book. He shares the fact that it can be exhausting for Black people to feel like they always have to explain racism to White friends and acquaintances, and he hopes that his book can answer some questions to relieve some of that burden. This book was enlightening. The only way I can understand a Black person's perspective is by seeking it out in books, movies, articles, etc. If we want to better understand others and their experiences, we have to be willing to feel uncomfortable by some of the information we learn. That is healthy because it helps us grow and become more empathetic, kinder people.


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