While this book is timely for Black History Month, it's one that should be on the bookshelf of every white home in America to be read at any time of year. Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness tackles white supremacy in a way that kids can understand, and it demonstrates how we're all raised in a culture of racism, even programmed into it, without our consent.
We all make racist decisions even without meaning to, and when we say, "But I'm not racist" and deflect onto "other" racists--the ones who openly wear Klan hats or hurl slurs at the president's rallies, we're actually making the problem worse.
This books helps us acknowledge inherent racism in our system, lives and collective conscious as white Americans, and it offers the premise that we can still be white without signing onto whiteness. Author Anastasia Higgenbotham also maintains that our hearts HAVE to break to do this important work, even when it comes to our kids. Black kids have to live with this blatant reality daily and nothing's going to change until we really address this in our everyday lives.
Have you read Not My Idea? What did you think?