Chapter 26: Angie Thomas on righting racist wrongs and remembering radicals

Angie flew to Toronto during her book tour for her latest novel,  On The Come Up.

Angie flew to Toronto during her book tour for her latest novel, On The Come Up.

No one gets it like Angie.

Her books are putting their fingers right on the pulse of America today. Racial tensions, police shootings, citizen uprisings. Does this sound like the setting of a YA novel? How about two of them? Well, as I write this her debut The Hate U Give and her sophomore release On The Come Up are #1 and #2 on The New York Times bestseller list.

Me and Angie in the lobby of her hotel. (Yes, she is holding a bag of poutine chips!)

Me and Angie in the lobby of her hotel. (Yes, she is holding a bag of poutine chips!)

We sat down together at the busiest hotel in downtown Toronto on the tail end of Angie’s 15-city book tour to discuss how we find the truth for ourselves, when do we bring up harsh realities to kids, and what place media and religion have in society today. We dive deep into the heightened racial and political tensions today and we search for a way out…

And, as always, we get to learn Angie Thomas’s three most formative books.

I hope you enjoy.

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What You'll Learn:

  • How and when do we expose children to harsh political realities?

  • Why can we no longer trust the media to give us the honest truth?

  • How can we build BS-meters to filter out fake news?

  • What lawsuit did Martin Luther King Jr’s family win against the US government?

  • Was Jesus a radical?

  • What’s the potential first step needed in the US today to help start to sow deep racial divisions?

Ideas Worth TWEETING:

“They give us holidays for our slain leaders, but don’t want to acknowledge they slayed them.” @angiecthomas #3bookspodcast

“It bothers me that people are surprised I’m Christian. You don’t think Jesus was a radical? If Jesus was alive today he’d be saying Black Lives Matter and protesting walls.” @angiecthomas #3bookspodcast

“We have to find honest truth amongst ourselves and stop looking to the media to give it to us.” @angiecthomas #3bookspodcast

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