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