Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Book review by Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Conversational history traces U.S. ideas about race.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 13+

Not What I Hoped It Would Be

I wanted to love this book. I expected to find it engaging. Instead I found a “not history book” that was presented as historically accurate. Racism did not begin in the 15th century and Haiti is not in the Eastern Hemisphere. Many statements were presented as factual but are biased and debatable. Young people may not have the reading and analytical thinking skills to distinguish fact from opinion when it is presented as factual. Inflammatory language may make many readers feel confused and defensive - which is unproductive to open and honest conversations on race and America’s history.
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age 16+

One side, distorted

Like many other reviewers this presents itself as telling history but picks and chooses quotes and events and doesn’t site sources. It is very misleading. The author specifically says its not a history book so he can get away with only showing one perspective and drawing many conclusions that are not supported by fact. However, it is written as if it is a true history and that is the way kids will read it.
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