According to research by the educational charity Teach First, according to the Guardian, students are likely to complete their GSCE and leave secondary school “without examining the novel or play of a non-white author.” Studying the curriculum of the English Literature curriculum, in particular, Teach First found that the books taught in most schools “do not represent the numerous perspectives and backgrounds that make up [the UK’s] most diverse population.” So, what would the UK’s independent book shop owners, authors, distributors, and agents add to the curriculum? The following are nine readings recommended by BAME authors and why they should be studied by GCSE students.
“This Fall Apart” By Chinua Achebe recommended by bame authors
Okonowo is the greatest living warrior. His reputation spread like a wildfire in West Africa, and he’s one of the most powerful men in his clan, but he also has a fer fiery rage. He refuses to show weakness to anyone because he is determined not to be like his father – even if his fists are the only way to master his emotions. When foreigners threaten the traditions of his clan, Okonowo take a violent action. Will the great man’s dangerous pride finally destroy him?
Americanah supported by bame authors
Young people in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Nigeria is under military dictatorship and people are fleeing the country if possible. The confident Ifemelu goes to America. There he suffers defeats and victories, finds relationships and loses, by the way, he feels the weight of something he never thought of at home: race. Obinze had hoped to join him, but post-9/11 America won’t let him in and he’s combining into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Thirteen years later, Obinze was a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu succeeded as a blogger. But after such a long break and so many changes, will they have the courage to meet face-to-face again? Fearless, immersive, spanning three continents and countless lives, ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and anticipation in today’s globalized world.
Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
Ruha Benjamin examines the tech industry hype to understand how emerging technologies, from everyday applications to complex algorithms, can strengthen White supremacy and deepen social inequality.
Benjamin argues that automation has the potential to hide, accelerate and deepen discrimination while looking neutral and even helpful compared to the racism of the previous era, rather than being an ominous story of scheming racist programmers in the dark network. By presenting the concept of the “new Jim Code,” it shows how a series of discriminatory designs clearly reinforce racial hierarchies and encode inequality; ignoring, hence copying social divisions; Or by trying to correct racial prejudice, but ultimately by doing the opposite. What’s more, it makes a compelling case for the race itself as a kind of technology designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice in the architecture of everyday life.
Fifteen-year-old Nathan, when he finds out his brother Al committed suicide, his whole world is shattered. Al was special. Al was talented. Al was full of passion and light … Then why did he do it? Convinced that his brother is in trouble, Nathan decides to go after Al. In doing so, nathan meets Al’s former classmate Megan, who is as determined to keep Al’s memory alive. They start looking for answers together, but will they both be able to handle the truth about Al’s death when they discover what happened?