Publication Date: February 4,
Narrator: Layla F Saad
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Length: 5 hours 19 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio
When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy,
she never predicted it would spread as widely as it did. She encouraged
people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was
looking for truth, and she got it. Thousands of people participated in the
challenge, and over 90,000 people downloaded the Me and White Supremacy Workbook.
The updated and expanded Me and White Supremacy takes the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts,
sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions,
examples, and further resources.
Awareness leads to action, and action leads to change. The numbers show that
people are ready to do this work - let’s give it to them.
This book has been met with many mixed reviews so I decided to grab it to see if it was something I wanted to add to a course we created for white families adopting black children.
As a cis gendered, mixed race Latine who presents as white I know that I have privilege that isn't felt by some of my siblings who don't present this way. But if we don't talk about race we are just ignoring the big fat elephant in the country and in the world. I definitely see myself in some of these pages but that doesn't stop me from working on myself. No one is asking you to be perfect just to start looking at it and talking about it and identifying it. Its only when we recognize it that we can make changes.
I read some of the reviews of this book before I read it and after reading it through once I feel that this book pushes many buttons, and the reviews scream with white fragility, but isn't that the point? If white people don't get pushed to the edges of their comfort zones nothing will change. We learn when we are pushed to our boundaries. So every time we reach one we learn something new and the next time we go a bit further. This book is not a one time read and done, this book is a journey. Did you get triggered? Good! Walk away think about why then come back when you are open again.
A society built on white supremacy is not going to be changed in a day. But little by little, by people who are willing to look at it and work on their role in it. Even if you do only read this once, I guarantee that you will start noticing things that maybe you didn't notice before, subtle things that you do or that others around you do that support this white supremacist notion.
This is not an easy book but I think its a necessary one. Bravo to Saad for putting this out there without apology, its a wake up call to everyone who may think they are woke, and for those who are just starting their journey. Its an honest read even if it may be hard one to swallow.
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