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How We Fight White Supremacy

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This celebration of Black resistance, from protests to art to sermons to joy, offers a blueprint for the fight for freedom and justice-and ideas for how each of us can contribute

Many of us are facing unprecedented attacks on our democracy, our privacy, and our hard-won civil rights. If you're Black in the US, this is not new. As Colorlines editors Akiba Solomon and Kenrya
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Paperback, 285 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Bold Type Books
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Stacie C
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, black-authors
Have you ever asked yourself how you fight white supremacy? You’d have to define it first and then understand what it means before you could answer that. But once you understood what it meant and how you were affected by it, could you say how you fight white supremacy? It’s a question I’ve battled with for the last few years. Definitely more so since 2016. I don’t know if I have a single answer for that, especially when sometime just existing as a Black woman in the United States feels like an ...more
Bethany
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-authors
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

How We Fight White Supremacy is a fantastic collection of interviews with Black activists, art pieces, and thoughtful essays on a variety of topics related to fighting white supremacy. It is compelling, interesting, beautiful, and heart-breaking by turns. It is nicely organized into topical sections (faith, love, beauty etc.) and we get to hear from the editors on each topic. I think this also could serve as a good introduction to other writers that might be worth picking
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Traci at The Stacks
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Essays, poems, interviews, playlists and more combine to answer the question of fighting white supremacy. I really enjoyed this and loved hearing from such a diverse array of Black thinkers and activists.
Lalaa #ThisBlackGirlReads
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
As someone who reads a fair amount of community and culture analysis, I couldn’t wait to dive into this book and I’m pleased to say that it did not disappoint.

White supremacy isn’t new at all but what is new is the manner in which each generation has to fight against it. It is a beautiful declaration that should be read by people of all colours as a guide to defining and fighting racist oppression.

This is a strong and powerful collection of essays celebrating black resistance and how so many
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Andre
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A different take on the racism discussion. Instead of white resistance to change, and the danger of white supremacy and the impact it has in the world, we get a multifaceted look on how people of color, mainly Black people fight against white supremacy. A thoughtful book that gives answers to the question, “well what are you doing about it?” It being white supremacy.

The answers are as varied as those who were chosen to be a part of this project. Artists, Writers, Activists, and some unsung
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Never Without a Book
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance by Akiba Solomon, kiba Solomon is a phenomenal collection of essays written by powerful thinkers, contributors: Ta-Nehisi Coates Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Kiese Laymon, Damon Young, Michael Arceneaux, Amanda Seales, Imani Perry and so many others describe how and why people of color fight the whiteness. Great book for those looking for understanding in POC struggles. Some very interesting and enlightening stories in this collection.
Brittany
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first ever book received from NetGalley and honestly, I couldn't have hoped for a better choice.

I'm strongly against spoilers in reviews so I won't give away specifics but rather, discuss how important this book is in our current socio-political climate.

This book is a must-read. Not only is it inspirational and educational but it also forces you to truly think about the work you're doing when it comes to the fight against white supremacy.

I am a white teen librarian in an area
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Allie
Jan 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Everyone on the planet should read this book.
Very well written. Bravo !
Thanks Akiba and Goodreads !
Allison
Jessica
“We wrote this book to document the people, from the unsung to the famous, who are doing good work right where they stand, fighting causes both sexy and pedestrian.”

Solomon and Rankin wholeheartedly accomplish this goal in “How We Fight White Supremacy.” This text lays a purposeful foundation for understanding the fight against white supremacy in its extremely varied forms and sets up an attainable future of freedom. The editors are frank about what they chose to include and what they chose not
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I would like to see everyone read this book with an open heart and mind. It would be great if schools added it to their reading and discussion lists.
Rhea
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The content of this book is so vital and current. I particularly liked Quinn Gee’s piece on the trauma of being black in white spaces, and adrienne marie brown’s on intimacy as a strategy for fighting white supremacy. I did struggle to connect with the format of the parts that were interviews, especially since each person was asked the same question. But overall it’s one to buy, not to borrow - you’ll want to return to it again and again.
Megan
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc
Thanks to Perseus Books and NetGalley for this book in exchange for a review.

I am not the intended audience for this book, and the prologue makes it clear. However, I kept reading and I’m glad I did. It’s a book that celebrates black resistance, detailing how black people have been fighting white supremacy, how they became activists, and what they hope to achieve in their resistance.

I found it very moving, as someone who is aware of white supremacy. In our current climate, when the majority of
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Michael
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really good collection. Has poetry, prose, interviews, essays, and music lists. Jay Smooth, Imani Perry, Kiese Laymon and of course the two authors--Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin. Variety, warmth, antiracism, philosophy, wondering if America has room for a black uptopic moment. I urge everyone to read this to get a sense of the problems systemic white supremacy causes for black people. The misogynoir, the death, the poverty, the untreated mental health. And yet through imaginative ...more
Jaime
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"They've met regularly and devised ways for there to be lots of talking, learning, processing, and thinking out loud together. Communication was always key and accountability has been crucial. / I have found that without organizations, coalitions, and leadership teams, there is no collective strategy or accountability. An independent or freelance activist may share their opinion, and it may be an informed one, but if these words are not spoken in consultation or conversation with people on the ...more
Marvin
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A provocative, inspirational, and bold collection of essays filled with an all-star team of Black writers, scholars, artists and activists discussing the ways in which they challenge oppression, racism and, as the title states, the system of white supremacy.

Among my favorite essays was writer Kiese Laymon's humorous yet insightful interpretation of the conversation between Ben Carson and his son following an altercation with workers at a "Popeye's Organization". In there is a poignant line
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Jalisa
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a blessing! In this collection of essays, poetry, song, interviews and more black and brown folks from all walks of life talk about fighting white supremacy through organizing, music, laughter and more. This provided the comfort and the inspiration I needed to do the work I do. To see how others push against the restrictions of white supremacy in big and small ways to ensure we all get closer to liberation was just what I needed. I underlined and dog eared the mess out of this book ...more
Theresa
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anti-racism
A collection of essays, observations and interviews by Black people about what they do to fight against white supremacy. Whether they are poets, artists, theologians, educators or in any other fields, these contributors are forced to deal with macro and micro aggressions on a daily basis. In this book, they talk about what they do to fight back and to assure their own piece of mind. These pieces convey the frustration, anger, empowerment that comes with living consciously in a racist society.
Albert Hong
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! I was impressed with this book. It's not easy to collect so many voices and have all of the writing be good! These are some masterful editors at work here!

I appreciate the directness of the theme and the challenge to put into words how individuals are concretely working against white supremacy. And their own sharing at the end of each chapter is personal and human. Well done!
Kristin
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An important contribution to the continued freedom struggle.
Will Drickey
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
it's very good, people
Chloe Brzozowski
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. 10/10 recommend! Great resources and stories that help educate people on and break down white supremacy.
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