Black AND Proud....Black Brother
In the last few months we have discussed racism and our country has experienced an awakening. Many people have begun to "see" injustice, bias and racism as real and as something which needs to end. However, many people of color not only suffer from racism but have endured colorism.
Margrent Hunter says, "inequality by skin tone, also known as colorism, contributes to larger patterns of racial inequality for African Americans and Latina/os. Discrimination by skin tone affects many dimensions of life, including education, employment, housing, spousal status, criminal sentencing, and even levels of depression and self-esteem.
In the book, BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER by two biracial brother, one who is light and is often accepted by whites and one who is darker and called black brother experience COLORISM, The story unfolds and when immediately see the mistreatment of Dante (the darker brother), by his privalrged and often racists pears and school. This middle grade story also follows Donte who want to learn how to fence to compete against and hopefully take down one of his bullies. In his quest to learn fencing his relationship with his coach shows readers that children can inspire adults and vice versus. Readers also learn valuable life lessons as they learn strategies and rules of fencing. More importantly we recognize that racism has and still exist in sports, however as coach states winning can happen both outwardly and inwardly.
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"Stay visible even in people don't see you"
"Sports is teamwork; family"
This is a much needed book and highlights many topics that need to be addressed today. In the end of the story, small changes take place that show that facing and addressing opponents requires unmasking giants. Donte also learns how to navigate life's obstacles through fencing and to have pride in his black roots.