Acist without uestion If we are hurt by this prejudgement we are *considered ragile So basically it is not okay or white people to *fragile So basically it is not okay or white people to their American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series feelings with regards to this topic but it isine The Mother Zone for black people to do so The bottom line is people are ALL different We were all raised in different home situations cultures neighborhoods etc I don t believe it is really possible to reconcile an entire people group to another one Even Jesus worked on an individual basis and sent his disciples out to also work on an individual basis If you re at allamiliar with Austin Channing Brown you know she is a gifted communicator as both a writer and speaker I had high hopes The Void for herirst book and I was hooked The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish from theirst I had
intended to only read the irst ew chapters to only read the The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War firstew chapters I knew it I chucked my plans Sicilian Lives for the day and wrapped myself up in the pages of Austin s storyBy the time Iinished reading I was even in awe of Austin I m Still Here is truly phenomenalAustin shares how even her very name challenges people s assumptions People expect to a white man when they see the name Austin they don t always know what to do with the Black woman before them She grew up and has worked in majority white schools organizations and churches And with those majority white spaces come stereotypes biases and prejudicesAustin shares her trajectory Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art from believing she was the white culture whisperer after college to seeing how white supremacy infected programs supposedly dedicated to racial reconciliation The role of the bridge builder sounds appealing until it becomes clear how often the bridge is your broken back p 42In chapter 5 titled Whiteness At Work Austin details the microaggressions she experienced in her average workday at a Christian organization It was staggering to see them listed out and know this was just an average day One of many And then to see how the organization had no interest in changing when Austin pointed out the biases present despite its supposed commitment to diversity in the workplace It is little wonder why Austininds white people so exhausting I can only imagine the bone deep tiredness that comes after a lifetime of existing as a Black woman in primarily white spaces White readers will need to pay special attention to the sections exploring the difference between white Alice Oliver fragility and takingull ownership of The Protestant Temperament facing your own racism If you are white you have internalized racism even if you don t see it This is what it is to live in a society stacked in youravor That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book from the moment you are born and this is why it s importantor us to confront our privilege and interrogate our biasesMore importantly we cannot we must not rely on People Of Color to help us do that As Austin notes she is not the priest The Radiant Child for the white soul p 65 I was very moved by Interlude Letter To My Son I was also moved when Austin shared about herears that crop up whenever her husband or dad travels She worries they ll be pulled over and won t make it home It s horrifying that this is not an unrealistic The Best American Crime Writing fear that there s nothing we can say in reassurance It s a profound reminder of why we need to keepighting The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data for justice and the eradication of white supremacy at every level There are tough truths here but there is also joy as Austin reflects on the gifts the Black church has given her and what she loves about being a Black woman I loved reading about her memories of her childhood and time with heramily as well as her love or books and the libraryEach chapter builds upon the one before it in a way that is masterful This mastery becomes especially clear in the inal two chapters The last chapter is a reflection on hope and hopelessness and it is precisely what I needed to read Tempting Eden for so many reasons This is the shadow of hope Knowing that we may never see the realization of our dreams and yet still showing up p 105Then I read theinal paragraph and Austin brought it all home and my only thought was holy shit It was that powerful I read it again and then again and let her words sink in The whole book builds toward that moment and it is absolutely incredible getting there Highly recommendedDisclosure I was provided a review copy Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, from Convergent in exchangeor an honest review If Black people are dying in the street we must consult with white Talking to Dragons feelings before naming the evils of police brutality If whiteamily members are being racist we must take Grandpa s Three Times the Love feelings into account before we proclaim our objections to such speech If an organization s policies are discriminatory and harmful that can only be corrected if we can ensure white people won teel bad about the change White The Drowning Man fragility protects whiteness andorces Black people to The Bride of Willow Creek fendor themselvesRead this memoir to read through the perspective of being Black Christian and a woman in a world where white eelings are important than Black live. Veland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle class suburbs rom prison walls to the boardrooms at majority white organizationsFor readers who have engaged with America's legacy on race through the writing of Ta Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson I'm Still Here is an illuminating look at how white middle class Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility inviting the reader to confront apathy recognize God's ongoing work in the world and discover how blackness if we let it can save us all. Yeah I m going to need my own copy of this book so I can re read it and mark it up So many good truths in hereWatch me discuss this book in my July wrap up I m Still Here Black Dignity in a World Made or Whiteness is Austin Channing Brown s story of growing up in a predominately white world She talks about her childhood and church her The Lively Art of Writing family her experiences in college and the work world and throughout all of this embracing being Black Austin is spot on in her discussion of many workplaces I rolled my eyes multiple times inrustration on her behalf as she recounted comments and challenges *From Coworkers Even Those Alleging *coworkers even those alleging meant no harm An overhaul of workplace culture is necessary particularly in the corporate world Too often companies issue distant jargon laden statements hosting a round table discussion once or twice claiming round table discussion once or twice claiming offer an inclusive environment and have zero tolerance or racist behavior comments then continuously move on until the next instance of tragedy that they become aware of White people should be speaking less and listening at work and elsewhere everywhereI listened to the audiobook narrated by Austin herself which I highly recommend While short in length I listened to it in small parts over the last week taking in each piece of her story I m Still Here highlights several ongoing issues in our society and serves as a timely reminder we have much to learn Change doesn t happen by hoping it happens through action Even when the world doesn t believe that Black bodies are capable of love Even when it doesn t believe that I survive on intimacy that I need other beings or love Even when I would prefer to be immune I am human I demand intimacy I demand tomorrow I demand loveI was hesitant to read I m Still Here after seeing in several reviews that the author talks a lot about her religion I thought it would be prevalent throughout the book taking away rom its messageI decided to read it anyway just ignoring the religion because I m trying to learn as much as I can about race racism and anti racismHow glad I am that I did Austin Channing Brown shares her experience of growing up Black in America An America where racism has always been strong and white supremacy is built into the very abric of our nationI The Glass Ocean found Ms Brown s writing to be powerful and insightful and though she does write some about heraith and religion it was not as ubiuitous as I d thought If you re doing the work of unlearning racism and learning about the Black experience in America this is definitely a book to add to your listAs with all books I ve read on race I m Still Here urther opened my eyes to how racism manifests through me and made me aware of the things I say that are hurtful to others I am grateful to Austin Channing Brown or sharing her experience and her insight I leave you with a ew uotes rom the bookI learned pretty early in life that while Jesus may be cool with racial diversity America is notWhite supremacy is a tradition that must be named and a religion that must be renounced When this work has not been done those who live in whiteness become oppressive whether intentional or notWhen you believe niceness disproves the presence of racism it s easy to start believing bigotry is rare and that the label racist should be applied only to mean spirited intentional acts of discriminationOur only chance at dismantling racial injustice is being curious about its origins than we are worried about our comfortI am not impressed with America s progress I am not impressed that slavery was abolished or that Jim Crow ended I The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness feel no need to pat America on its backor these achievements This is how it always should have been Many call it progress but I do not consider it praiseworthy that only within the last generation did America reach the baseline The Leadership Gap for human decency Update on the second read through Turns out I gave thatirst copy away to my student a senior black student my advisee who s so done Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) for good reason with the institution where I work an institution like many of the institutions Brown worksor I bought another copy to teach Serenity Role Playing Game from this week in a Theology and Literature of the Black Body Finished this book today Handed it to my white kids as soon as I closed the cover Listen I said The best timeor me to read a memoir is after Save the Cupcake! finishing aantasy novel in this case The Wicked King because while Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, fiction and noniction do share similarities at least they should plunging into something very different makes you even aware of what you re reading currentlyThis is the kind of memoir I like reading I recently learned that the word memoir can apply to both an exploration of someone s life like a biography or writing on a specific topic like an essay Although I don t exclusively read memoirs that Tressed to Kill fit theirst definition I do prefer it It s then no surprise that I From a powerful new voice on racial justice an eye opening account of growing up Black Christian and emale in middle class white America Austin Channing Brown's irst encounter with a racialized America came at age 7 when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive uture employers into thinking she was a white man Growing up in majority white schools organizations and churches Austin writes I had to learn what it means to love blackness a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America's racial divide. As immediately captivated by this book It s not *only that the author talks about her early life childhood adolescence and coming of age in general all of *that the author talks about her early life childhood adolescence and coming of age in general all of I adore reading about it s that she uses her communication skills to share her views and explore her past and present in such an honest and relatable way She denounces racism and uestions today s society s view of Blackness and Whiteness using examples easy to understand and comparisons that immediately put things in perspective One metaphor she used that especially spoke to me was how the world is so much like vanilla ice cream white with only a ew chocolate sprinkles on the top but that this is not how it should be because although the sprinkles add lavour they are dispensable And Blackness should not be replaceable It is here to stayIt also never crossed my mind that some companies may hire people of color and of other ethnicities simply to take pride in their own inclusivity while not necessarily wanting to hear any of those people s
Ideas Or Welcome Their Cultureor welcome their culture them Many assume they will assimilate Some are even baffled by their new black employees who refuse to assimilate choosing to keep their individualitiesI have read non iction books that discuss discrimination and race relations in the past but the truth is that I will never stop learning Even if I was aware of some of the things mentioned in this memoir I still ended up learning a lot That s because we never do stop learning Nor should we ever want to Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin 35 starsThis was short but impactful I consider myself like probably most white people to not be a racist However this book opened my eyes a little to the act that in some ways I prioritize not being seen as a racist over educating myself in ways to actually not be racist There s of course different shades of racism rom the KKK burning crosses all the way to daily microaggressions I think the one I am most guilty of is the expectation of assimilation to white cultural norms something I have never given active thought to before I will say that this book does have a strong slant specifically towards how race applies to white Christianity as that is the author s personal educational and professional background As someone who isn t particularly religious I didn t connect as much with the parts that had that ocus Though it did reson In the same way that not everyone was ready and could handle Between the World and Me this is another that some will have a hard time with It was not meant to comfort white people It s written to share a black experience With that being said if there is one book "That Could Most Accurately Define "could most accurately define Christian black womanhood my thoughts my pain my ear my concerns my The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School frustrations my awareness that I MUST press on despite not having much to cling toor hope it s this book I read it in one sitting It was that relatable So grateful or Austin s willingness to share her perspective and a part of her story which so many of us black women can Amen to I read this book with the hope that Ms Brown would illuminate what actual justice or euality would look like It was largely a memoir and a good one I went school in the 70s and 80s so my experience was different but I was surprised to hear about hers as I had assumed things had changed somewhat since I had been in school She seemed put off by the act that the predominantly white school she attended taught and treated her through the lens of whiteness but I am not sure how they could have done any different seeing as how her classmates and teachers were white I see that as a The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School frame of reference problem if I am not black or French or Chinese how can I treat you culturally the way your people would not so much as a discrimination issue I would not expect a predominantly black congregation to start conforming to my cultural white reuirements or needs so I am not sure why the expectation is there in the reverse setting Again how would we know what is the right thing to doI was steadfastly behind her with regards to her outrage at being touched without permission called names assumed to be a welfare recipient instead of an employee and being yelled at by anyoneor having different views Everyone s personal experience is valid afterall it is theirs However I don t think the answer is to be racist against whites Many whites would like to know what it is that is wanted The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense from us in this racial justice regard and this book did not have any real answers I have the impression that nothing I did or said as a white woman were I to meet Ms Brown would be the correct response She herself indicated in several places in the book that she knew what white people were thinking when they met her or talked with her This is extremely judgmental and if it were to be said about black people would be considered As a writer speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusionIn a time when nearly all institutions schools churches universities businesses claim to value diversity in their mission statements I'm Still Here is a powerful account of how and why our actions so oftenall short of our words Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social abric rom Black Cle. .