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||:||185 pages|
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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Reviews
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
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 ...more
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.
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
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 ...more
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.
I wish I could give this ten stars.
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