I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter by David Chariandy
When a moment of ignored-in-the-moment bigotry prompted his three-year-old daughter to ask, “What happened?” David Chariandy began wondering how to discuss with his children the politics of race. A decade later, in a newly heated era of both struggle and divisions, he writes a letter to his now 13-year-old daughter.
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CBC Books. "Chariandy contemplates, in an epistolary format, how to talk to his young daughter about the politics and history of race by sharing their family's story and his personal experience as the son of Black and South Asian immigrants from Trinidad."
The Guardian. "Two acts of racism – one personal, one publicly violent – led David Chariandy to write a book, I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You, addressed to his daughter"
The Globe and Mail. "This is his first work of non-fiction, which he was compelled to write after his daughter began asking hard questions about Donald Trump’s racist speeches and policies, as well the realities and politics of race in Canada."