Are You White? Read This Book. (Me & White Supremacy by Layla F Saad)
“Me & White Supremacy? Couldn’t she have made the title less harsh?”
I’ve been there.
I’ve wanted comforting sugar instead of the salt of reality.
I’ve thought that I’m “one of the good ones.”
I’ve thought that since I have BIPOC friends, it didn’t apply to me.
I’ve thought that, as a white woman, it wasn’t something I needed to be involved in.
But I was wrong, and you might be wrong too, but that’s OK – change starts NOW.
If you’re reading this + you’re white, you probably don’t identify as a “white supremacist,” and I’m not here to tell you that you ARE, but you DO benefit from the system of white supremacy.
Did you have a knee-jerk reaction to try to separate yourself?
I used to, it’s OK – that’s what Layla’s book is here to help with.
On my personal + professional journey to live a truly Anti-Racist life, reading Layla F. Saad’s Me & White Supremacy was my first step.
Going to school in the United States, we studied slavery as part of history class, but modern racism? Not even a hint at it.
It was almost implied by family, friends, and the educational system that racism wasn’t still an issue, which is a beautiful comfort bubble for us white folks to live in, but it’s not true.
Layla’s incredibly well-researched book shines the light on numerous aspects of racism and white privilege that I’d never heard of – uncomfortably so.
Maybe I should have put a warning label on this review …
Warning: this book will make you uncomfortable, and it’s about damn time.
Structured as a 28-day experience, it took me a bit longer to get through because some of the aspects of racism that she discusses had me thinking for days on end.
No matter what you think about yourself as a white person, there is still more education to be had – more to learn, more ways you can help, more ways to can improve.
As Layla often emphasizes in her book, this is not a short process – this is a new, life-long process you are about to undertake, but whatever you do, don’t look away.
Don’t go back into your comfort zone.
You’re going to want to. I know I did, but it’s too late for that.
Becoming Anti-Racist is not something to do “in your free time” or when you’re “not so busy” – this is IMPORTANT.
Wait, maybe that wasn’t enough …
If you are white, Anti-Racism work is IMPORTANT
I could go on + on about the parts that were the most powerful for me, or the quotes I keep coming back to, but this review is just the beginning of a long journey (I believe I mentioned that).
Instead of me rambling on, there’s something else I’d rather you do: go read Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.
That is my one request.
Read the book.
Do the writing exercises.
Think. Feel. Do better.
You can expect more reviews on books from BIPOC authors in the future, and more about my journey to becoming a Good Ancestor (as Layla puts it – that hits you right in the Soul, friends!).
For now, we white folks need to get started on our Anti-Racist journey, and Layla’s book is a powerful way to start.