This book was gifted to me by a friend who thought I would enjoy reading it after she had finished. First, I’d like to just say that I appreciate many of my white friends learning to read books by people of color and also educate themselves on non-white issues. This book is written by a black mother to her biological black son, and I reading it through the lens of a white mom with a black son, but there were so many things I learned.
This book did such a great job at sharing the author’s own story and feelings intertwined with history and the way that she sees history evolving and changing. I’ll never know what it feels like to be black, and thus all the more reason to educate myself and learn from people who do. Never will I ever think that I have it all together and will be learning from others the rest of my life. This was an incredible and necessary read for me. I would recommend it to any living human, parent or not.
She broke down many of the stereotypes that I worry about for my son and discussed where they came from and the best way (in her opinion) to combat them. She does such an amazing job of speaking truth in love and being honest without being angry or defensive or blaming. I loved hearing from her perspective and applying it towards my own life. I have hope that my little boy’s future will be wonderful! I am proud of him and proud to be his mother.