Anyone aware of what is going on in the US (or the world) is aware of the atrocities perpetuated against BIPOC communities. The unwarranted killings of Black individuals, and often Black boys, by authorities is troubling and needs to stop. How do parents, especially parents of BIPOC kids, talk about these incidents while still giving their kids hope? Michael M. Waters has provided a picture book to help you do just that.
For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World discusses a few of the cases in which Black people have been killed, often by police. There is no way to address all of the incidences. The number of Black and Brown bodies has been collecting since colonizers stepped foot on these shores and continues adding to the tally. When Jeremiah asks his parents questions, they don’t have all the answers. However, that doesn’t stop them from talking to him about such a difficult topic while still giving him needed space to reflect on what he learns.. At the end of the book, when he is finally ready to talk, his parents focus on the people who are working to change things, providing hope to what can feel like a hopeless situation.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was provided by the publisher.