This book by Adam Rutherford is about the genetic side of the racism debate. It explores what our genes do and don’t say about our abilities, strengths, weaknesses, intelligence levels, everything. It’s told in an easy to follow and easy to digest way and allows the reader to follow along and learn something.
What’s great about this book is that it could catch you in a place where you may be the one agreeing with the racist statement and instead of feeling attacked, you feel taught. At least I hope you do, that’s how it came across to me. The text wasn’t aggressive or placing blame on the reader, it simply laid out the argument, laid out the facts that disprove it, and then moves onto the next similar argument and folds them together in their own define sections to point out that these arguments are not new, and have been disproven over and over again.
I found this to be a really fascinating read. I foolishly did not read the subtitle to this book and so was taken aback by how scientific it was, only to then feel like a fool once I clicked on the book’s Goodreads page… It was a sad moment for me. Once I realized what type of book this was, I was able to enjoy it and absorb what it was saying to me. I’ve recommended this one on my personal social media to friends and family as another anti-racist book that they should check out, especially if they’re more into science than societal commentary. It’s also a pretty short book too so you should have no problem making your way through it.
I do hope you check this book out, if for nothing than to gain a few more facts to shut down racists when they open their mouths.