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DO THE WORK! by W. Kamau Bell


An Antiracist Activity Book

by W. Kamau Bell & Kate Schatz

Pub Date: July 19th, 2022
ISBN: 978-1-523-51428-1
Publisher: Workman

An anti-racist interactive workbook leads readers through a journey of self-reflection, education, and activism.

Bell is a Black comedian, director, creator of CNN’s United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell, and the ACLU Artist Ambassador for Racial Justice, and Schatz is a sought-after queer feminist activist, public speaker, and author of Rad American History A-Z, among other books. Throughout, humorous dialogues between the authors frame the many useful activities. The authors define terms, reflect on personal experiences, and anticipate objections to engaging in activism that could come at a personal cost. Interspersed between these interactions are activities ranging from crossword puzzles and word searches to spaces for reflection and planning. The text also incorporates a variety of graphics—e.g., an iceberg illustrates the unseen effects of White supremacy, and a jukebox displays possible responses to racist comments. In the final section, the authors address the emotional impact of anti-racist activism, encouraging readers to reflect on their fears about taking part in anti-racist activities and to create strategies for making amends if and when they make mistakes. Bell and Schatz intend for readers to finish the book with the ability to identify their privileges (“unearned access to social power accorded by the formal and informal institutions of society to ALL members of a dominant group”), define anti-racism, and have a plan for a variety of circumstances, including discussing race with children, reducing dependence on policing, and safely participating in public protest. Overall, the narrative is practical and accessible, balancing historical context with self-reflection and direct action. The dialogues between the authors are informative, frank, and vulnerable, creating a safe space for both learning and taking risks. While the authors introduce the book as being for people of all races, the text itself feels more relevant to White people than people of color.

An entertaining resource for anyone seeking genuine engagement with anti-racist activism.