The Daily Caller received the book announcement and reacted to the news of its existence with the headline: "Fancypants Professor Introduces Black Lives Matter Book For White SIXTH GRADERS" (capitalization theirs).

The post, written by the site's education editor Eric Owens, opens, "It’s never too early to teach young children to revel in racial discord fomented by radical intellectuals who believe American society is hopelessly and structurally oppressive."


Quoting heavily from a review (in fact the first review of the book) written by UC-Irvine PhD candidate M. Shadee Malaklou that appeared on The Feminist Wire, Owens continues: "Don’t worry, though, the book explains how “black people have been killed with impunity” “since time immemorial” in a way that is not “emotionally overwhelming 6-12th graders who are learning about the movement, and its inheritance, for the first time.” (The book for sixth graders “also resonates with lower-division university students.”)

Owens then points out Harris' background:

Harris is an American Studies professor at toney Macalester College, a private liberal arts college in a wealthy, tranquil section of St. Paul, Minn. that is 86 percent white.

Accrding to The College Board, just two percent of the students who attend Macalester are black.

Tuition, fees and room and board at Macalester run $59,761 per year — or just $75 less than the entire annual household income of a typical Minnesota family.


How the location of Harris' college, its demographics, or the cost of that institution matters to this discussion, Owens does not say. But it's clear, by simply wanting to give informational resources to children in digestible form, and by having the book be written by a black woman and a white woman, ABDO has revealed their sinister agenda.

Authors Harris and Edwards are curious about the negative media mentions they've been receiving as well.


She explained to Fusion the difference between this book and a textbook, too. Basically, textbooks are for teaching in a classroom. They "are instructional sections as well as exercises which might include discussion questions or problems." Their book is meant as non-fiction to teach anyone anywhere facts about an issue.

Fusion was given a copy of the book by the authors. It is 57 pages long as a PDF and the font is huge. Enough material to pique interest? Sure. Enough material to successfully indoctrinate even the most susceptible student who is willing to do reading on current events that isn't schoolwork? Doubtful.


The first chapter covers Michael Brown's killing and the ensuing protests in Ferguson. The second is a very cursory look at the black experience in America throughout history (one sentence on Jim Crow Laws, five on the Freedman's Bureau, three on the Tuskegee Airmen, etc). Naturally, the bulk of the second chapter is devoted to the Civil Rights Movement and it matches what you remember from your primary-school history classes.

The book covers Oscar Grant, and Trayvon Martin, and Eric Garner, too.  There's a glossary and some sources for readers to look at if they want to learn even more.


This book seems like a good read for young people who are interested in the subject. If a child wants to read something that is unbiased, fact-based, and straightforward–the only mentions of "murder" in the book are when specific criminal charges are being discussed–shouldn't that be celebrated?

To anyone who disagrees: write your own book.

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