Me and White Supremacy - Layla F. Saad

Me and White Supremacy

By Layla F. Saad

  • Release Date: 2020-01-28
  • Genre: Social Science
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 373 Ratings)

Description

The New York Times and USA Today bestseller! This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

"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 Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert

Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey, complete with journal prompts, to do the necessary and vital work that can ultimately lead to improving race relations.

Updated and expanded from the original workbook (downloaded by nearly 100,000 people), this critical text helps you take the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and further resources, giving you the language to understand racism, and to dismantle your own biases, whether you are using the book on your own, with a book club, or looking to start family activism in your own home.This book will walk you step-by-step through the work of examining:
• Examining your own white privilege
• What allyship really means
• Anti-blackness, racial stereotypes, and cultural appropriation
• Changing the way that you view and respond to race
• How to continue the work to create social change

Awareness leads to action, and action leads to change. For readers of White Fragility, White Rage, So You Want To Talk About Race, The New Jim Crow, How to Be an Anti-Racist and more who are ready to closely examine their own beliefs and biases and do the work it will take to create social change.

"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 Times bestseller White Fragility

Reviews

  • Trash

    1
    By -Frank-
    Just more left wing propaganda. Can not recommend
  • Extraordinary experience

    5
    By dmrbooks
    Soul altering. Important. And in the end a new way to look at yourself, your experiences and the world.
  • A problem must be traced from its roots

    1
    By Jin-Yang Chu
    All races were once slaves to another superior race at the time, it just happens that black people were slaves here in the US. However, slavery was started in Africa by black people who sold the black slaves to the US. citizens at the time,The white people who bought the slaves shouldn’t be blamed but the Black people who sold them should be shamed for selling lower class black people. Society needs to move on and learn the history of slavery before history repeats it self.
  • Complete joke

    1
    By EveryLiveMatters
    It’s a joke, all these people do are tell you your racist if you’re white. Even if you’re a second generation American it doesn’t matter because you’re white.
  • Please read

    1
    By Common Reads
    You see the essential problem with this book is that if you are a white person that comes to read this with your mind open about the subject and willing to change this book deeply disappoints you. The book starts out telling you that if you are admitting you are a racist or are being complicit in the racism and are asking what to do, the writer of this book tells you that you will not like the awnser because you are lazy just because you are white. This should give you a basic idea of just how messed up this person i
  • You’re kidding me right???

    1
    By Cyber_Grunt
    Enough with division and segregation...we are all one people.
  • Essential and Transformative

    5
    By JordanLindscey
    Layla Saad's work is one of the most important things I've ever read and engaged with. This will be a routine re-read and reference source for me, as the work she initiated and guided me through in this book continues forward in my life.
  • Very Awakening

    5
    By BY367
    This was a great listen. I see the negative comments and that’s exactly what this book is trying to change. We can all do better.
  • A must read

    5
    By Elisybing
    This book is so powerful and such an important read for any non-BIPOC. You will feel uncomfortable while reading it - that’s kind of the point. But you will learn so much that is essential to fighting the racism that is still very much alive in America.
  • Well....

    2
    By scoccag
    I appreciate the self reflection. I don’t think Saad should be a “starter book” on this topic. There are times when her anger comes out more than any other productive message, there are times when her logic is cyclic, and this book will likely increase your white guilt. I am white passing but raised in a biracial home where I was brought up Iranian Muslim and white Jehovahs Witness simultaneously. I was and am an outsider in a white dominant culture. I know what it’s like to be a representative, to wish the smallest things could be normal for me too. But the reality is I was raised to see the best in everyone, celebrate all cultures, and the way my parents talked to me about the dofferences in my world vs my peers is really different from Layla Saad’s mother. My parents didn’t say they wanted me to be the best, they told me they loved me for who I am. They didn’t sit me down at 7 and tell me I would have to work harder than my peers for the same attention, coloring my perceptions. Instead, when someone carved swasticas into the house my parents were building my parents just told us our new neighbors were scared and went to visit and help them feel better. Some people were weird for a long time, but my parents won them over not by conforming but by continuing to be themselves. And now I am 33 and although I still feel like an outsider, I get along with many MANY types of people. If you have something to celebrate, I’ll celebrate with you. And if you have something to grieve I am here to listen.

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