With many issues of racism and prejudice still being prevalent today, placing focus on educating our children about it is very important. Though I am a huge advocate of ensuring that children understand what racism and prejudice consist of, I believe that it's equally pressing for adults to be educated on the matters first. Many people only know what they're taught in school, which, let's be honest, isn't always accurate. So self-educating and checking out some books to read to learn more about racism is something that should be on everyone's to-do list.
If the goal is to educate and teach children that racism is not proper, then the ones teaching that lesson have to make sure that they are properly educated first. Knowing about racism is more than just saying "white people don't like black people" or "white people have so much privilege." The discussion is deeper than what's on the surface. It's talking about where it stems from, how it's been seen throughout history, how the mind works, and how it leaves victims with devastation that causes a lifetime full of internal issues. Being properly educated on racism is the only way we can strive to make it better.
Though there are many books — both fiction and nonfiction — that take a look at racism throughout the years, these 13 novels are a great way to get started on expanding your mind.