When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
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The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born.
"This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse's visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation. This book is a must-read fo...more
I am not queer.
I am not a former prisoner, have never been in jail or had family in jail.
I grew up poor, but I have no idea. No. Idea. Whatsoever.
I have never had family ripped from their beds by police in the middle of the night just because they "might" fit the profile of someone the police are looking for.
I was [nor were any of my friends] never thrown in jail just for hanging out together.
I have never been shot at just for having different color skin than those around ...more
Racial hatred is the root evil of society. It is the emblem and model for all other kinds of prejudice and exclusion. Its core is in language which is used to degrade and ostracise. Where it exists it poisons society against itself. When it is tolerated, it dominates the life of society. When such tolerance is rationalised as a matter of personal right or necessary for social stability, any attempt to eliminate it is perceived as an act of terrorism. This is the ca ...more
I find it sad that people can be treated differently by some people just because of the colour of their skin.
To me we are all the same and what really matters is the love we have for each other, that's the important thing.
All lives matter but till the day arrives that people realise this I can only live in hope that one day this will become a reality.
“I also think about men like Brock Turner, the Stanford star swimmer, who raped a woman and got six months. Six months because the judge said Turner couldn’t make it in prison, that prison wasn’t for him. But it was made for Richie? For Monte? For my father? My God. Is that not reason enough to shut it down?
. . .
I wonder if any of our kids ever get the proverbial slap on the wrist. The ‘C’mon son. You can do better than this.’ The ‘Let’s go talk to his parents. Maybe he ne ...more
We live in a world where we need to tell people that Black Lives Matter. It’s not meant to say other lives don’t matter, we simply need to address that Black lives do in fact matter and their deaths, murders and killings should be addressed, their lives should be whole and they shouldn’t be forced to live in fear. This book isn’t a discussion on whether you should believe or even appreciate that ...more
When They Call You a Terrorist is an incredibly brave book, filled with deeply personal experiences I’m sure took years to process. Nowadays, pe ...more
In a perfect world, this book would not have been written. It would not have been written because it wouldn't have needed to be written. In a perfect world, there would be no Black Lives Matter movement. There would be no such movement because Black lives truly would matter. In a perfect world, there would be no inequality, injustice, hatred, or violence. There would be no ...more
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors absolutely gutted me. I couldn’t breathe in so many parts of the book. I was holding my breath in sorrow, anger, outrage. With all this, you should know that I’m not a particularly emotional reader. I cry while reading maybe once a year. And this book was a punch in the gut and a wake up call. It did the opposite of making me cry—it made me angry.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors tells her deeply personal story wi ...more
Khan-Cullors is not a strong writer and I am not familiar enough with asha bandele to tell how much she guided the author through this endeavor.
As a memoir, it is an emotional read, it’s lyrical and almost whimsical in the dreamy way it flows.
As an insight of the BLM movement's beginning, it falls short. It follows the author's ...more
As it is not my practice, commonly, to give a synopsis of the book or provide spoilers that may deter interested readers, I will keep it simple and to the point. Khan-Cullors approach to the creation of this highly r ...more
How can someone striving for equality and freedom be labelled a terrorist? With no violence, no threatening behaviour and no harm towards another human being at all? “They rewrote the laws, but they didn’t rewrite white supremacy." Patrisse Khan-Cullors highlights her fears and what growing up in a community where police patrol yo ...more
Message: 5 stars
History: 3-4 stars
Writing style (this is really not terribly important at the end of the day for a book with this kind of content): 4 stars
The message is incredibly important: the #BlackLivesMatter movement came into existence because American white supremacy is effectively a Black Lives Don't Matter movement. I think Patrisse and asha do ...more
Because it was evocative on so many levels, it is difficult to review. Maybe the best way is to acknowledge that I read it with trepidation because, while I felt like it was important to read, I have felt overwhelmed with how broken and wounded our country is in general. Yet from the first few pages of the introduction I knew how important this book is to read. I thought I was pretty aware of the impact of anti-black racism but this book woke me.
I consider myself to be fairly aware of BLM, and black history but I have learned so much from this memoir. I have realized even more of my privilege as a white woman in the US. Even in my times of poverty, I've never been as impoverished as these brave men and women. ...more
"A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.
Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Amer ...more
The author is a black queer woman whose father was diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder and whose brother was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. I thought that the author handled the topics of race, queerness, SUD, and mental health perfectly. I especially enjoyed how she wrote about what it was like before she had knowledge and insight, and immediately compared it to what she knows now, never leaving the reader with any harmful messages. I appr ...more
I did not want to read a book like this; instead, while I wanted to read a book about the lives of blacks, I wanted one like “Mama Day” by Gloria Naylor, a fun read, a good life. I loved her book, but most of all, I wanted to believe that her book was mostly true, that their lives were better, were normal. I wanted the Jim Crow Laws behind us, the slavery, and all the cruelty. But I knew that the Jim Crow laws were still here, just that I did not know the complete extent of ...more
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