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The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke is hands down my new favourite author. I absolutely loved Foreign Soil, and when I heard that she was releasing a memoir I was so ecstatic! It certainly lived up to my expectations and then some.

The Hate Race is an incredible exploration of the effects of racism on a young dark-skinned girl growing up in Australia. This powerful memoir uncovers the traumatic memories held by Clarke from her schooling years in Sydney, including the constant taunts, catcalls, and nicknames, as well as the isolation felt by Clarke as the result of her skin colour.

I feel that it would be very beneficial to include this book in every high school curriculum – simply so that young adolescents can understand the hurt they can cause as a result of their racial bullying.

It would have taken a lot of strength and courage to put pen to paper to write this book, and Clarke should be commended for shedding light on the endemic issue of racism. A must read for anyone, regardless of whether you have experienced racism or not.