#CurrentlyReading – Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

I have so wiped from school that I haven’t been prioritizing my blog at all. Ironically, one of my classes teaches me lots of useful techniques to develop my blog’s digital audience. I just keep forgetting to schedule time to write, read, and draw for leisure.

Let’s see if I can work it back into my schedule and still get good grades. I mean, I didn’t get a good grade on one of my midterms this year. Still convinced it was the exam and not a good reflection of how I’m doing in that class, but we will see!

I used to think Children’s Book Publishing was my least evil class, where I was learning so much and had the opportunity to read lots of new children’s books and think like an editor but NO! I got a B- on the midterm and my confidence has been shaken so much that it belongs on the evil list, too.

Not to sound like a grade-grubber, but I’ve never gotten a B- on a midterm I’ve felt prepared for in my life. And I’m still waiting for feedback to see what the hell happened. I am not happy about that whole situation.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Miss Moody Lilac
A YA remix of Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning.

Fortunately for me, my horrible grade doesn’t mean I have to stop reading great children’s books for my final project. Whether or not I get a good grade is to be determined. 😒 I’ve been working hard and manifesting A’s in all four of my classes, though. 523 Hz meditation, baby!

This YA version of Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning has been on my list for a long time, so now I have a good reason to read it. It checks off several of the boxes for the final project requirement (non-white author, NY Times Bestseller, and banned books list!) It gave me a lot of flexibility to choose other books for my final project since this frequently challenged work meets the majority of my final project criteria on its own.

I will be totally honest: I hate learning about history. Besides the obvious reality that we only learn “white” history in school, at museums, and at national landmarks, I totally have discalculia and numbers get mixed up in my head ALL THE TIME! Dates, money, math… I struggle in this area.

The draw of this book is the perspective. It’s not my personal perspective, but it’s still refreshing to see an American history that emphasizes where and how people of color were oppressed for white advantage.

I’m especially interested in the early chapters that revolve around Massachusetts because I was in Boston and Salem for vacation. You should have heard how many times I complained about how we were white-sight-seeing around Boston and wondered whether people of color were victimized during the Salem witch trials as well. Spoiler alert: they were!

And I learned that and much more from this book. I can’t say this will change my mind about the subject of history, nor that it will encourage a resistant reader to pick this up on their own. But learning a different side of the story, however difficult to swallow, will certainly keep me reading until the end. Not just because I have to do it for my final project either. 😚

And that’s saying a lot because I always feel very threatened by people who are obsessed with history and their great memory. Now Y’ALL can be threatened by my more sophisticated antiracism.

Jk don’t feel threatened. Be like me! Be open and willing to read and learn for yourself and try not to compare your skills with other people’s. Read and have fun!

âœĻI’m manifesting good grades for all of us!âœĻ

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