Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 14
- Grade: 4 to 9
For some kids, ways they can help eliminate racial injustice might be hard to see. After all, they are taught that people in society are all equal under the law. So why then does racial conflict still exist? And what can they as individuals do about it right now? One way is for white children to understand the unearned advantages they were born with based solely on the colour of their skin. This concept is called white privilege and this book will help children of all races understand it, see how it affects them and find ways to speak out and take real action against it.
White Privilege: Deal with it in all fairness provides scenarios, quizzes and Q&As that develop readers’ understanding of the subject using situations that are realistic and that easily relate to their everyday lives. The topic is approached from three points of view: those who are “privileged,” those who identify as “racialized” and those who want to be allies.
About the authors
CATHERINE INGLIS is an elementary teacher who has taught in K–8 classrooms for more than 20 years. As an Instructional Coach with Model Schools for Inner Cities, she worked with teachers to help with language and math programs and to integrate more equity focus in school-wide initiatives. As a bi-racial woman, Catherine has always been committed to teaching toward equity and inclusion for all students and has worked on a team to produce lesson plans on white privilege. She is also the co-author of Re-Think, Re-Connect, Re-Imagine, a teacher guide on white privilege, and the resource The Women’s Equality Project. Catherine lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
WANG XULIN is an award-winning illustrator, comic artist and writer. She has created webcomics based on environmental justice and her illustrations have appeared in The Globe & Mail, Vox and The Nib. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
"Ultimately, this is a timely book on a topic that young people need to learn about. Few resources and opportunities for explicit teaching on white privilege exist for this age group, so this book should be a welcome addition to every school library."
YA Dude Books
In White Privilege, educator Catherine Inglis tackles the difficult topic of white privilege in a gripping and easy to understand way.
The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens