About the author:
Uju Asika is a multi-award nominated blogger, screenwriter and creative consultant. She is the author of Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World. The book has featured in Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, BBC Radio 2 (Good Morning Sunday), BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and the London Evening Standard among numerous outlets. A former journalist, Uju’s writing has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, salon.com, Time Out and the Daily Times (Nigeria). Born in Nigeria, she has lived and worked in London, New York and Lagos. She is based in north London with her husband Abiye and their two football-mad boys. You can follow her @BabesaboutTown (Twitter/Instagram/FB/Pinterest) and subscribe to her blog at babesabouttown.com
Bringing Up Race by Uju Asika
You can't avoid it, because it's everywhere. In the looks Black kids get in certain spaces, the manner in which some people speak to them, the stuff that goes over their heads. Stuff that makes them cry even when they don't know why. How do you bring up your kids to be kind and happy when there is so much out there trying to break them down?
Bringing Up Race is an important book, for all families whatever their race or ethnicity. It's for everyone who wants to instil a sense of open-minded inclusivity in their kids, and those who want to discuss difference instead of shying away from tough questions. Uju Asika draws on often shocking personal stories of prejudice along with opinions of experts, influencers, and fellow parents to give prescriptive advice in this invaluable guide.
Bringing Up Race explores:
- When children start noticing ethnic differences (hint: much earlier than you think)
- What to do if your child says something racist (try not to freak out)
- How to have open, honest, age-appropriate conversations about race
- How children and parents can handle racial bullying
- How to recognize and challenge everyday racism, aka microaggressions
Bringing Up Race is a call to arms for all parents as our society works to combat white supremacy and dismantle the systemic racism that has existed for hundreds of years.
“Uju Asika has written a necessary book for our times.”
—Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters’ Street
"Funny, truthful, and full of profound insights, Uju Asika’s writing is a gift for a parent like myself, attempting to navigate the precarious journey of raising a just child in an unjust world. I found myself nodding in agreement, laughing, horrified, sometimes in the confined space of a page. In mining the unspoken realities of our times, Asika strikes gold."
--Courtia Newland, author of A River Called Time, Cosmogramma
“This book could not be more timely. Written with engaging wit, candour, and verve, and containing heart-breaking and heart-warming anecdotes, Bringing Up Race is a needed call to action for all concerned with a future free from racial prejudice.”
--Sai Murray, trustee of The Racial Justice Network
"Bringing Up Race is balm and soothing water for an inflamed world. As a parent, it affirms the way I’ve chosen to raise my child. I hope it does the same for others. Bringing Up Race tackles the difficult conversations head on with loving but firm grasps. It is as loud and defiant as it is precious and hopeful. Uju Asika is a special kind of writer and this is a very, very special book."
--Bassey Ikpi, poet and New York Times bestselling author of I’m Telling The Truth But I’m Lying