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Me and white supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor
ISBN:
9781728209807
Physical Description:
xiii, 238 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents:
A little about me -- What is white supremacy? -- Who is this work for? -- What you will need to do this work -- How to use this book -- Self-care, support, and sustainability -- Week 1: The basics -- Week 2: Anti-blackness, racial stereotypes, and cultural appropriation -- Week 3: Allyship -- Week 4: Power, relationships, and commitments -- Continuing the work after Day 28 -- Working in groups: Me and White Supremacy book circles.
Summary:
When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would become a cultural movement. 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 80,000 people downloaded the supporting work Me and White Supremacy. Updated and expanded from the original edition, Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. --
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The New York Times andUSA Todaybestseller!

"Layla Saad is one of the most important and valuable teachers we have right now on the subject of white supremacy and racial injustice."--New York Timesbestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert

Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacytakes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

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 nearly 100,000 people downloaded the Me and White Supremacy Workbook.

Updated and expanded from the original workbook, 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 readers are ready to do this work--let's give it to them.

Additional Praise for Me and White Supremacy:
"Allyship means taking action. How? Layla Saad's Me and White Supremacyteaches readers exactly how to get past the paralysis of white fragility so that they can build bridges, not walls. Read the book, look deep within yourself, sit with your discomfort, and then act. This is how we can truly say we are doing everything we can to combat white supremacy."--Sophia Bush, award-winning actress and activist

"She is no-joke changing the world and, for what it's worth, the way I live my life."--Anne Hathaway

"Layla Saad moves her readers from their heads into their hearts, and ultimately, into their practice. We won't end white supremacy through an intellectual understanding alone; we must put that understanding into action." --Robin DiAngelo, author of New York Timesbestseller White Fragility


Author Notes

LAYLA F SAAD is the author of the ground-breaking Me And White Supremacy and the host of Good Ancestor Podcast. She is a globally sought speaker on the topics of race, spirituality, feminism and leadership. Layla's work is driven by her powerful desire to become a 'good ancestor'; to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone.ROBIN J. DIANGELO is an American academic, lecturer, and author working in the fields of critical discourse analysis and whiteness studies. She formerly served as a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University.


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Kirkus Review

An activist program for confronting white privilege and dismantling white supremacy.Building on a workbook downloaded by nearly 90,000 readers, multicultural writer Saad, born in Britain and now living in Doha, Qatar, delivers "a one of a kind personal antiracism tool" that is meant foremost to teach white readers how to recognize their privilege and "take ownership of their participation in the oppressive system of white supremacy." Many readers will likely recoil, protesting that they're not racist, are colorblind, have nothing but benevolent thoughts, and so forth. The author is ready for them: White supremacy, she writes, is not just a comprehensive system, but it also trains those who benefit most from it to "keep you asleep and unaware" of the power that whites hold relative to those of other races and ethnicities: "BIPOC," as in, "Black, Indigenous, and People of Color." Saad enumerates some of the features of that power: Pulled over for a traffic violation, a white motorist doesn't usually have to fear for their life; any stylist can cut their hair; popular culture considers people who look like them to be representative; and so on. The author's approach is at first confrontational and righteously indignant, but as she guides her readersincluding BIPOCs who may for whatever reason benefit from systems of white privilege and supremacythrough a monthlong series of lessons, including self-critical journal prompts, one has the sense that her method is much like that of Marine Corps boot camp: Tear down in order to build up. A reader's guilt may rise and crest, buttressed by sweeping damned-if-you-do-or-don't condemnation for such things as "clinging to pink pussy hats, safety pins, and hashtags over doing the real work." At the end, however, that reader is assured that even though they may be part of the problem, "you are simultaneously also a part of the answer."A bracing, highly useful tool for any discussion of combating racism. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

In the summer of 2018, writer, speaker and podcast host Saad launched the 28-day Instagram challenge: #MeAndWhiteSupremacy. She never expected it to go viral or for the free workbook to be downloaded by over 90,000 people. Two years later, her initial challenge has been updated and expanded into this small but intense book which provokes readers to take personal ownership of the effort to dismantle systemic racism. As an East African, Arab, British, Black, and Muslim woman, Saad delivers an informed perspective on issues such as white fragility, cultural appropriation, and color blindness. She confronts the assumption that racism only operates outside of polite society and reveals itself in racial slurs and outward attacks, which is discussed with special focus in ""Day 6: You and White Exceptionalism."" The fact is, white supremacy is far more insidious, manifest in nuanced ways, such as the idea that racism is a problem for Black, Indigenous, and people of color to solve. This book is not for the oppressed or the marginalized, but rather for those whose privilege, when left unchecked, has harmful consequences. Saad has created an insightful and necessary contribution to the work of combating racism and becoming good ancestors.--Enobong Tommelleo Copyright 2020 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Saad has written an important book about taking ownership of racist behavior and making changes that are not easy, convenient, or comfortable. The book, with a foreword by Robin DiAngelo (White Fragility) was inspired by Saeed's Instagram challenge, #meandwhitesupremacy, and her digital Me and White Supremacy Workbook. Saeed offers steps for beginning work towards antiracism that feel as honest, straightforward, and actionable as they are difficult. She lays out courses of action over the span of 28 days that are designed to help readers slowly and intentionally unpack white privilege, acknowledge their participation in the oppressive system of white supremacy, and begin dismantling the system for themselves and within their communities. The book is organized first by week and then by day, with quotations, definitions, examples, and journal prompts designed to set a strong foundation for enduring, ongoing antiracist work. VERDICT This groundbreaking book should be required reading for people ready to acknowledge their behaviors, whether intentional or not. It will make a strong addition to both public and university libraries where it will equip scholars, activists, and allies with real tools to promote systemic change.--Emily Bowles, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison