The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed is apparently a historical fiction novel (1992 is historical fiction?! I’m sooo old) detailing the life of an affluent Black Californian teen girl over the six days following the Rodney King verdict/acquittals – which, of course, includes the 1992 LA Riots. Throughout the book, CHR tackles such topics as class, privilege, systemic racism, oppression, and identity.
Final impression: I feel it could have been so much more. I was just so anxious throughout the entire book because I kept wanting to scratch and dig past the surface of the story to get to the real substance that was just waiting to be released.
Will I read more books by CHR? Hell, yes. The Black Kids was her debut novel. You live and you learn. I’m more than willing to bet that whatever this author turns out next is going to be FIRE.
MUCH thanks to @ksherman712 for the fantastic Buddy Read this weekend. Looking forward to many more, my friend!
Want to learn more about the 1992 LA Riots and the unrest leading up to them? Check out the following documentaries on Netflix: