Anastasia Higginbotham may be an author of books intended for children, but her most recent work is tackling some heavy themes. The popular author is currently on a book tour for her latest project, a book titled, “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness.” She’s doing readings at libraries around the country with the intention of teaching children about the issues surrounding racism.
It’s not her book alone that is making headlines, but rather the accouterments to her presentation. The primary visual aid that she’s been using to teach children about these issues is a cutout of Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick is a former NFL quarterback that has made the news consistently over the last few years for his decision to kneel during the national anthem prior to a football game. This decision inspired hundreds of others players to join him and sparked a massive discussion on race that is still being carried on in forums and message inbox’s across the country.
Conservatives unilaterally came out against his actions and then dismissed him again after Kaepernick was recently featured in a Nike ad with the slogan, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
“Colin Kaepernick kneels for justice; he kneels for an end to police brutality; he kneels for equity in education and economic justice,” she told The Jamestown Sun. “I’m going to kneel next to him as I read.”
Higginbotham is no stranger to controversy. She’s embracing it head-on with her latest series of books, which, “Not My Idea,” is a part of. The series is titled, “Ordinary Terrible Things,” and she hopes that it will provide a way to expose children to the darker side of life without completely ruining their childhoods.
“Every chance we look for an opportunity to let them know that white superiority is a lie, that white innocence is a lie. Question everything you’re being told about your goodness and your value as a white person,” she added. “I’m not afraid to look at a painful history, a history in which people who look like me did things they never should have done. I want to look at that history.”
Fox News published a video on this story to Facebook recently and their fans came out heavily against the author.
“This woman is not a teacher she is a self-serving propagandist socialist,” wrote Lynn Peace Schleich.
“I pity what my grandchildren have as a future. They are already being indoctrinated in public schools,” added Steve Hall.
This story highlights the vast swath of space between the tw0 major American political parties these days. For some, Colin Kaepernick is a role model and a hero that is fighting for the racial and economic inequality that he sees in our country. For others, he’s the enemy and an anti-American who doesn’t deserve any of the attention that he garners.
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