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|
|Number of Pages||:||192 pages|
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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Reviews
Short Review: Read it!
Slightly longer review: I'm Still Here is a memoir about the experience of a Black Woman within predominately White cultural spaces. She grew up in mostly White neighborhoods, going to mostly White schools. She didn't have her first Black teacher until college. She has mostly worked for Christian non-profits that were also mostly white. But being saturated in White culture does not change her appearance or make those that are inclined to judge her based on her gender and sk ...more
Austin Channing Brown is straightforward & honest about her experiences as a black woman in America, making this a great addition to the ongoing racial justice conversation.
4.45 stars. This is a powerful book! Review to follow
Everyone should read this book. It is well-written in an easy to read style, yet Brown manages to bear her heart and anger in a way that leaves me pondering how to best live my life as a white woman. Brown isn’t prescriptive. She’s not telling her readers how to fix our broken culture. What she is doing is showing what doesn’t work and telling true stories of the hurt caused by the privileged - both intentionally and unintentionally.
I liked Brown’s writing: the content was challenging enough th ...more
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 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 feminism ...more
I received an advanced copy of this at a conference. It tore me up. Brown doesn't pull any punches about the difficulty of being black in America. She doesn't put a happy ending on it all. She also doesn't paint the black experience as negative. Brown brings out the strength, beauty and dignity of being black.
I'm grateful for authors like Brown who are willing to help educate the world about harsh realities....to educate well-intentioned yet still so ignorant white people like me about racism. T ...more
Everyone, especially those who are both white & Christian Americans, should read this. But there are a few things that should be noted first:
1. Brown wrote this for POC first & white people last.
2. If you’re white, this will make you mad at some point. That’s okay. That’s the purpose. Growth comes through painful experience, & if painful things can’t be spoken, nothing will ever change.
3. There are a few curse words in this book. It’s fine.
4. If you come across a term or an event tha ...more
For such a heavy topic as race equality, it’s a quick read and Austin explains what it means to be a black woman in today’s society with such ease and grace. It’s an eye opening account of how far we still have to go for race equality in this country. In my opinion, this should be mandatory reading for everyone. It would be a great start for tackling this issue.