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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. Austin Channing Brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future 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 a writer, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion.In 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 often fall 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 storie...

Title : I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
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ISBN : 9781524760854
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 185 pages
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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Reviews

  • Kevin

    Some honest, poignant, and approachable conversation on race. I've read a lot of books on race, and sometimes they can be intimidating. The topic is heavy enough, but sometimes the books are academic in nature or are such a high level that you really have to wade through them. Brown's feels much more approachable. That's not to say she doesn't tackle heavy stuff (she does) or have hard things to say (she does) or is intellectually light (it's not), but it just feels very conversational. It's als ...more

  • Ericka Clouther

    I was a little dubious when I was reading the first two chapters, but then she gets to the meat of the book, and I thought the rest of it was really great. Very rarely do I think a book could be longer, but this was one I thought could have been expanded with relevant history and policy. Of course, that is an unreasonable desire on my part, because this is a memoir, but I just think she'd cover the relevant details really well. It is a great book.

    Lately, I read a lot about both racism and femini
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  • Amy Hughes

    This is a MUST read. I'm grateful to Channing Brown for opening up her life in this beautiful and vulnerable memoir and reflecting upon her experience as a black woman in white spaces.

  • Ronin2

    I am an old white guy and I read the book to get a better understanding of race in America. Overt racism is an evil easily understood. It is the structural and accepted racism less easy to understand. It is the micro aggression and implicit biases less easy to understand. Being a pragmatist, I want a path forward to a more equitable America. Unfortunately, though well written, I was little aided by the book. I am sure I will be lambasted for this review as "another white guy that just doesn't ge ...more

  • Elizabeth Green

    While I am giving this book a two star rating I do believe that I did in fact learn a few things from this book and am better for it. Also it did cause me to think and evaluate how I perceive the world and if my thought process needs some tweaking.

    What I liked:

    Brown was honest and wrote with so much passion. Brown also shared some of her personal life expierence regarding racism and talks about sometimes theses things are not seen by the majority of the the United States. I also like how she tal

    “Even if you put it back on the shelf, Austin, you can’t touch store products and then put your hands in your pockets,” he explained as his large hands gently removed mine from their denim hiding place. “Someone might notice and assume you are trying to steal."


    Austin's illustration such as a simple shopping trip really point out something I've never noticed or thought about before. People of Color are thought a different set of rules due to systematic racism.

    The next quote is reason enough to read this book:

    “What would you think of those guys if you hadn’t just spent the afternoon with them?” It only took her a moment to tell the truth. “I would have looked at their skin color and tattoos, the way they dress and their playfulness and assumed they were gang members.”


    I have really be thinking about how I double check to make sure my doors are locked when I drive through a rough area. I'm not 100% positive its just because bars are on windows of houses and business or if it's the color of peoples skin. Quite frankly I don't know I've have ever driven in an area with bars on the windows where the dominate race is white. But it really makes me think if there is some subconscious racism in me.

    What I had problem's with:

    Austin failed to mention that identifying/ stereotyping a person by their skin color is harmful no matter what the color is. In fact she had no problem describing racism as something all white people did. Not some white people it was just simply "white people"

    Some of Austin's illustration to point out a point simply aren't an illustration of racism and things that all of us go through. At one point Austin describes and entrance when a women mistakes her for another person of color are claims that its because she black and that no one can see past her skin color. I can't tell you as a white person how many times someone has emailed me and talked to me in person and it was clear I wasn't the person they thought I was.

    The message: My body, my person is not distinct; I am interchangeable with all other Black women.


    At times it seems that Austin believes that simply being white makes a person racist and that there is nothing they can do that will not make them racist.

    That if they smile at people of color, hire a person of color, read books by people of color, marry or adopt a person of color, we won’t sense the ugliness of racism buried in the psyche and ingrained in the heart.


    At one point she mentions that "People of color are told that... that white people’s needs, feelings, and thoughts should be given equal weight.". It really infuriated me that she would think that everyone's needs, and feelings should not be equal. In fact throughout the book the words "Black" and "Blackness" are capitalized while "white" and "whiteness" are not. This demonstrates that Blacks are supior to whites and not promoting a message that all people should be equal regardless of skin color. It really goes against the argument she makes against racism. Aprrently it is okay as long as its against whites and not people of color.

    There are many other instances of this throughout the book. Also there was no data that she gave in the book that supported her claims. I know that there is I just wish she would have provided it. Also I was left to question the legatmicy of her claims after she made a claim that Christopher Columbus's landed on the United States of America when in fact he never did step foot onto this country. And the complete lack of data or evidence toward her other claims left me with some doubt that she fact checked what she was claiming. ...more

  • Basma

    This book offers small snippets into Austin Channing Brown's life and experiences in navigating America while being black today and it starts off by her learning about race from knowing why her parents have named her Austin.

    There will always be something new to learn in reading own voices no matter how short the book is and no matter how many books you've read or even how many essays or articles that you came across that covers the same topics. And this book is no different.

  • Meaghan Lee

    I wish I could give this ten stars.

  • Gabrielle

    This book is required reading - for white people. I wish that I could tear chapters from the book and hand them to the "good" and "liberal" white people that I know. The author is accurate and relentless in her assessment and critique of whiteness. Any semi-concious Black person will identify with the at least some of the experiences of the author; I personally found myself underlining and verbally affirming this book. This is the most important books on the detrimental effects of whiteness that ...more