Me and White Supremacy

Me and White Supremacy

Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become A Good Ancestor

Book - 2020
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"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, [this book] 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"--
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2020]
ISBN: 9781728209807
Branch Call Number: HT1575 .S23 2020
305.809 Saad
Characteristics: xiii, 238 pages ; 20 cm


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May 30, 2021

Good book for raising awareness of white privilege and race relations in America, especially when done in discussion with others.

Nov 29, 2020

I fully agree with the commenter below and their reference to Mao. Were there African slave traders and slavers and slave masters. Yup, and by some accounts there still are, but the majority of internationally traded and trafficked slaves was done by the Arabs and Hispanics [I especially get annoyed by this very stupid and dishonest Latino female on NPR who suggests otherwise]. The goal is to promote the Wall Street-directed communist takeover of America --- the Owner Class, the super-rich have long been moving and funding towards this objective! (Years back I wondered why Governors Locke and Gregoire signed that Interstate Compact on Parolees, bringing 3 out 4 ex-convicts from 26 other states to this region --- after all the mayhem and destruction I no longer wonder about it --- nor why no city councilmember or county councilmember would ever touch this subject!) FYI: the vast majority of us are descended from slaves --- my Korean grandfather was born into the slave class and when he somehow made his journey to America during the Japanese occupation and commie incursion (he was from a northern coastal village and the Red Army agents were infiltrating the countryside), he had no family name -- just the typical first two names. History tends to be more complex --- and richer --- than the Maoists would have us believe!

Nov 28, 2020

Today's version of Mao's 'Little Red Book.' So sure of herself, so self-righteous… too bad that the author never examines her own assumptions with the same candor she urges on the rest of us.

Nov 16, 2020

Very good read, provides insight into the many ways society is affected by systemic and structural racism, many forms taking shape in invisible and not so invisible ways. Would also recommend reading White Fragility, some overlap between the two books. This book is laid out as a 28 day journey with the use of a journal. I read the book and can attest to the many of the descriptions outlined in the book. I too was born in the UK and have experienced this as a person of color. Have spent about half of my life in North America - both Canada and USA, same applies here, just a slightly different tone to the way systemic and structural racism is played out in all aspects of life. This book will help you identify many forms of racism, subtle and no so subtle - will help improve and change the way you think about the taboo subject of racism, also help you improve your reaction to it, or improve others reaction to you once you understand the negative consequences it has on society and has done so for about the last 400 years. Would definitely recommend!

Hillsboro_JeanineM Oct 22, 2020

This book is intended and author recommended to be a 28 day activity with journal writing. I did not do this but still found this to be a valuable read. Introduced to different concepts beyond White fragility and privilege such as White: silence, apathy, savoirism, centering, tone policing, exceptionalism, superiority.. It made me really think about how many BIPOC did I go to school with? How many BIPOC teachers or professors did I have? The Culture appropriation I have done in my life and the need to be aware of this. This is meant to be a deep dive look at your beliefs and values. I found the need to discuss the topics so if you can maybe read this with someone else so you can discuss and work through the prompts.

Oct 14, 2020

I found this to be most valuable as a guide for all of the terms used today around race and racism - white centering, black tokenism, cultural appropriation. And after reading this book I started seeing cases of those happening everywhere - on the radio, in news articles, ads, etc.

Sep 07, 2020

I couldn't finish this. I suggest to anyone else who struggles with it, as I have: read a couple of the one-star reviews on goodreads to understand why. Very nuanced critiques of this deeply flawed work. The two best reviews are by a user called Vanessa and another called Asderan, but if you're only going to read one, make it the one by Vanessa. And read something else that's more nuanced and understandable and intelligent on race. I've put some other items on hold and there's a big queue for them too. It's good to see people educating themselves. Just...don't bother with this one.

Aug 31, 2020

I have finished reading the book, though I’m only done with journaling eight days of it. My family (husband, daughters who are 22 and 17) is reading it and discussing our journaling together, so it can be a challenge to get everyone home at the same time to talk. I imagine it will take us a while to finish that part of it.

Anyway, I found the book very useful in helping me realize ways in which I am acting in a non-racist (versus anti-racist) manner, ways I’m complicit in upholding the white supremacy in our society, and ways I’ve been blind to my privilege and my white exceptionalism. There is a bit of repetition as the days go on, but that’s okay because I sometimes remember or think of new examples to write. I’d previously read quite a few books about race, poverty, etc., but this is new territory for my husband, and it has been very eye-opening for him.

Don’t just read the book - do the journaling. It is sometimes a struggle, and sometimes painful, but is definitely worth it.

Aug 22, 2020

238 pages

Aug 21, 2020

This was a tough book to read, but it really opened my eyes to the racism that still exists in our country/the world and the white centered world we live in. It originally was meant to be done in 28 days, but it took me all summer. There are some really tough ideas to think about and confront but I'm hopeful these ideas and concepts will help me become a good ancestor.

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