The Black Friend by Frederick Joseph

Available At: Mountain Ridge

Categories : Cursing, Racism, Violence, Whiteness

Description: The book teaches young adults about the ideologies of white privilege, anti-racism, cultural appropriations, and others.

YA Label?: Unknown

Notes: This book contains controversial social, political, and racial commentary; inflammatory racial commentary;
references to racism; mild/infrequent profanity and derogatory terms; and violence.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 3: You’ll notice I don’t capitalize the w in white when referring to white people, though I capitalize the B when referring to Black people. This is a personal preference, because white people are simply defined by the color of their skin, while Black people are a cultural and ethnic group.

Page 15: The world needs you to step up, or get out of the way. (Imagine me saying this in my most superheromonologue-like voice.) Particularly if you are a white person. The world needs to be better, and because of the power that white people hold in our society, much of that change needs to start with white people.


Page 35: As I look back, another reason I hate that white kids called us Oreos is because many white people hate, and I mean HATE, being referred to as foods. If you call a white person “mayonnaise” or “mayo,” many of them will lose it. But there is nothing more intense (or funnier, assuming you’re at a safe distance) than seeing a white person lose their damn mind about being called a “cracker.”

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