The Millburn-Short Hills Townwide Summer Read 2020 comes as an offshoot of the protests against and discussions about systemic racism in modern America. Millburn-Short Hills, is a community of friends, neighbors, businesses and colleagues. We have decided to take this unique opportunity of a summer fraught with tension, yet unnaturally paused by pandemic, to do a collective read, with the hope that we can bring more understanding, compassion and dialogue to our community.
The goal is to have as many residents as we can engaging in a collaborative reading and discussion project over the course of the summer. All discussions will be virtual in deference to people's health needs. Even if you are going away, you can still participate.
In July, the group will be reading Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. This book is appropriate for young adults and up, and families are invited to participate together.
In August, the group will be reading Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt.
Please purchase the books here and sign up for the Millburn-Short Hills Townwide Summer Read 2020 Facebook page here and here. Virtual discussions to follow, and hopefully many friendships and new connections as well!
Any questions, please contact the project coordinator, Jordana Horn Gordon, here.
This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are. A book about race. The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
How do we talk about bias? How do we address racial disparities and inequities? What role do our institutions play in creating, maintaining, and magnifying those inequities? What role do we play? With a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers us the language and courage we need to face one of the biggest and most troubling issues of our time. She exposes racial bias at all levels of society—in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and criminal justice system. Yet she also offers us tools to address it. Eberhardt shows us how we can be vulnerable to bias but not doomed to live under its grip. Racial bias is a problem that we all have a role to play in solving.