Me and White Supremacy

Me and White Supremacy

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

Book - 2020
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"Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes 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."--
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781728209807
Branch Call Number: 305.809 SAAD
Characteristics: xiii, 238 pages : illustration ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Me and white supremacy workbook


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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

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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.

JCLJessW Jul 22, 2020

Layla Saad has created an in-depth 28-day journey to take the reader through their own beliefs and biases related to race and white supremacy. This is an interactive book that requires you to "do the work," but it's one of the best resources out there for those who want to learn more about what it means to walk the path of anti-racism in their own lives. Highly recommend!

JCLBetM Jun 24, 2020

Wow. One of the best antiracism books I've read. If you want to understand the true work and journey required to become an ally, this is an excellent guide. Didn't quite know what I was diving into with this book--definitely the razor edge scalpel of loving truth. It's set up as a 28-day workbook and I had checked out the audiobook. But, for me, listening to it in one go laid the ground work for me to now purchase the book and go more deeply through the thoughtful process she invites you to participate in.

Jun 23, 2020

This book was an important but difficult read and really challenged my self perceptions.

Mar 16, 2020

My first observation is that this is an amazing and insightful work that did help me move forward in my understanding of myself and others. I did my best to work through it with compassion for myself and others because working on myself is personally important to me. The author's message is delivered in a very direct way towards the reader. It is a workbook and you are expected to be doing the work on yourself.

As the author points out, this is not easy work. You get to decide who you will be in this world. Given the lack of comments I wonder...

I hope other white people will take the time to learn more about the social concept of race, how it can appear in white culture, and get insight into how it can unintentionally (or intentionally) hurt very decent BIPOC with whom we (are supposed to) share this planet.


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