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Colorblind

A Story of Racism

by Johnathan Harris

Colorblind – Johnathan’s story of multiculturalism – is a gripping story of a 15-year-old boy who had his civil rights violated by police officers in Long Beach, California. Jonathan’s uncle, who was in prison at the time, teaches the young boy how to deal with racism by seeing the world through a multicultural lens rather than the color of people’s skin.  In the end, the two bestow upon each other the most valuable gift of all: freedom.

Publication Date: April 16, 2019
ISBN: 9781947378124

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Johnathan Harris

Bio

JOHNATHAN HARRIS is a 15-year-old boy from Long Beach, California. He is the youngest of four brothers. Johnathan likes to play competitive “travel” soccer and listen to rap music. His favorite artist is Snoop Dogg.

PRAISE

“This memoir has a strong authentic youth voice and reflects a young teen’s perspective. The full-color graphics are a strong accompaniment, often using visual metaphor…. One teen’s vision of hope shines through.” — Kirkus

“A story of hope and optimism that all, young and old, should heed” — CrazyQuiltEdi

VIDEOS

Colorblind: Intro
Colorblind: Interview
Meet Johnathan Harris
What life lessons have you learned from your father and mother?
What is the relationship between Johnathan and Uncle Russell?
What is the lesson of your son’s book?
What is the most beautiful thing about Johnathan?
How does your son see the world?
What is the message of Colorblind?
How did you teach your kids not to be bitter against law enforcement?
What touched you about Johnathan’s book?
Tell us about your barber shop “special” with kids.
Let’s talk about your release and reconciliation with your nephew Johnathan.
What other lessons did you teach Johnathan about race?
What type of future do you see for Johnathan?

EDUCATOR'S SUPPLEMENT

Downloadable Guide

Contains: vocabulary activity, student worksheet and answer key, discussion topics, writing prompts, extension activities, and a reading comprehension test.

HIGH 5

Five Parent Take-Aways About Racism

Culture, not skin color, matters most.
America is a melting pot of cultures. It’s what makes our country so great. In order to truly honor each other, we must embrace and take a genuine interest in our various backgrounds. Our differences provide the foundation upon which every man, woman, and child can be equal.

There are good cops and bad cops, but mostly great cops.
Law enforcement is a tough job. It is not until you walk in the shoes of a police officer that you can truly understand the complexity and dangers involved in keeping civilians safe. In my 30-year career, I’ve found one immutable truth: Most people in law enforcement are great at what they do. It’s not a money job. It’s a calling and passion for service.

If you do not want your kids to grow up angry, listen with a kind and patient heart.
It’s no secret racism still plays a significant role in our country. Parents, speak with your children about their daily lives. If something hurts their feelings, listen and teach them to “lead with patient love” and to find effective ways of dealing with the world.

Social media is where a lot of fires start.
We all know the big three social media sites. For parents, my strong suggestion is that you know the passwords and monitor what your children are consuming and serving on social media. Be “friends” with them on social media so you can be engaged in what they are posting. Young people are more apt to lash out online as a cry for help or to vent justified frustration. This is your cue to put out the fire by speaking one-on-one with your child, and providing other supportive services.

Reacquaint yourself with the works of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Maya Angelou.
We grew up consuming iconic works/orations, such as “I Have A Dream” (MLK), Long Walk to Freedom (Mandela), and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Angelou). Read these with your children. It’s important for young people, especially young African American boys and girls, to understand how these pillars of truth have made positive changes for every race, creed, and color.

ABOUT THE EXPERTS

Robert W. Clark

Robert W. Clark is a Former Senior FBI Official who served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the city of Los Angeles. After a 30-year career, Mr. Clark oversaw various criminal programs for the FBI, including the Gang and Violent Crime Units.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATORS

Donald Hudson

Illustrator

Don Hudson has been a professional artist in Los Angeles for twenty years. He’s had the
opportunity to work in comics, animation, advertising and even Broadway!

For more about Don, go to www.dchudson.blogspot.com

Fahriza Kamaputra

Colorist

Fahriza Kamaputra was born and raised in southern Jakarta. In 2010 he worked as colorist on a local comic book, Vienetta and the Stupid Aliens, which led to his work on the web comic Rokki, and Madeleine Holly-Rosling’s Boston Metaphysical Society with the studio STELLAR LABS. Fahriza now works as a freelance artist.

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