I'm Still Here

I'm Still Here

Black Dignity in A World Made for Whiteness

Book - 2018
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The author's first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when her parents told her they named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. She grew up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, and has spent her life navigating America's racial divide as a writer, a speaker, and an expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. While so many institutions claim to value diversity in their mission statements, many fall short of matching actions to words. Brown highlights how white middle-class evangelicalism has participated in the rise of racial hostility, and encourages the reader to confront apathy and recognize God's ongoing work in the world.
Publisher: New York : Convergent Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781524760854
1524760854
Characteristics: 185 pages ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: I am still here

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mybell1953
Sep 17, 2020

I would give this book a 10. Austin was extremely frank and gave some solid truths about racism in America. My question is how white america takes the information in this book. Is white america as naive as Austin sometimes portrays it to be? One comment she made in the last chapter of her book I find to be VERY TRUE: "...instead of waiting for the bright sunshine, I have learned to rest in the shadow of hope."

Gina_Vee Aug 22, 2020

This book was healing and truthful. I haven't read White Fragility yet (I plan on it), but if I could rename this book, I'd say it was White Fragility written by a black woman.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jul 27, 2020

This is a unique anti-racism book because it focuses specifically on faith communities. That said, the conclusions of this book can be appreciated in any organization.

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cbriggs
Jul 17, 2020

What happened in the slave era was obscene and there is still racism. I’m a Caucasian and my heart considers all races equal. Let’s not have reverse racism “ for white people “

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moonlikebrunette
Mar 24, 2020

This book is a tough read for a white person, but completely necessary.
I'm grateful to Austin for showing such honesty and vulnerability.
This is a book that all white people need to read and allow to change their hearts.

AnnabelleLee27 May 17, 2019

An earnest and personal examination of race relations in American society and also in the evangelical community. The author's outlook is bleak and heartfelt, quote: "And so, instead of waiting for the bright sunshine, I have learned to rest in the shadow of hope...Knowing that we may never see the realization of our dreams, and yet still showing up." It offers comfort to those directly impacted by racism and offers many eye opening revelations for Whites who are not familiar with this topic or who want to rush past this painful reality.

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queensthief
Feb 12, 2019

Direct, proud, clear.
A good choice for literally anyone, but I'd definitely add this to booklists for those seeking wisdom in leadership positions.

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TinaMeadows
Jun 22, 2018

I read this book in two days. I can see where some will have an issue with it and for that I can simply offer to read it with an open heart, seeking to understand other experiences. It definitely makes me think, the words were changing, challenging me to think about "reality" and what I really know about it, challenging me to think about assumptions I make. Sometimes it was difficult to read. Other times, I could relate through my own window of experience and it caused my window to become bigger, letting in more varied experiences. In my opinion, it's not a "one and done" kind of book.... I believe I will get other things out of it when I read it again.

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mybell1953
Sep 19, 2020

First of all this is a memoir about Austin and her life experiences as an African-American woman in our time. She tackled the issue of racism head on from it's earliest beginnings; our captivity from Africa to America; to today and how it is embedded in all aspects of American life. Systemic Racism is something that white America has blindfolds on when it comes to how they perceive and interact with people of color. Whether you are in a political, religious, educational or recreational environment it has been and apparently for the foreseeable future will always be there. Until white America is ready to show accountability, and change (which by the way, has to come from the heart) things which were easily broken will not be so easy to mend.

I said it was a hard read because I live it on a daily basis and to be honest it DOES make me feel some kind of way at times.

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queensthief
Feb 12, 2019

Rare is the ministry praying that they would be worthy of the giftedness of Black minds and hearts

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