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Me and White Supremacy Workbook

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy.
ebook, 136 pages
Published 2018 by Layla F. Saad

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Feb 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People interested in studying philosophies of identity politics
Recommended to Asderan by: Acquaintance
Let me start out by saying, I am a person who is strongly anti-racist. I try very hard in my life to treat everyone with respect and as an individual, valuable person, regardless of anything that sets them apart from me. I am around people of color all the time in my neighborhood, city, and job, and have friends who are people of color. I am one of the only white people in my neighborhood. I try hard to understand other peoples' perspectives and put myself in other people's shoes. I couldn't say ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I believe everyone should work through. Our culture, our world is set up with a white bias. Just fact. Those who are white are beneficiaries. What I didn't understand was how it not only "didn't benefit" BIPOC - but that it was so very harmful. From my privileged place of white, cisgendered, middle class America - I just didn't understand. The part that was so hard for me to wrap my head around was that I thought I was trying really hard. However, without understanding what you ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most difficult books I've read, but also one of the most influential books. There were several times where I just wanted to quit reading and writing because being faced with the truth was extremely difficult for me. However, I'm glad I stuck with the workbook until the end. This workbook required a lot of introspection through journaling and helped me realize where I need to improve with my efforts towards anti-racism. This book gave explanations on subjects such as white ...more
Erin Isgett
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading these truths and journaling responses to the prompts in this workbook was so much harder than I had imagined. It is never easy to look inside yourself and face the ugly things that have lived in there for so long, so many of them unconscious. When we live in a society built on white supremacy, and when we are steeped in racist ideology from the time we are born, we cannot help but internalize it. But we can absolutely do the necessary work to recognize it, call it what it is, root it ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This workbook opens your eyes in many ways. I recommend everyone to do this workbook. You can download this workbook for free on Layla's website. But please give her a donation. I'm commited to do this anti-racism work, and will therefore again and again come back to this workbook.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: equity, friend-recs
Part of a well balanced toolkit of becoming a less shitty white person.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All white people need to do this work. Honestly, truthfully, openly, thoroughly, do this work. And compensate ($$) Layla Saad for the emotional and practical work she has put into creating this workbook for us.
Zoe's Human
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lt
My feelings about this book are complicated but overall good. It's relevant to note going in that I have a couple of fundamental disagreements with the author that, while they are not specific to this work, are relevant to how I take in this work.

First, know from the outset, that I am biased against folks who self-identify as "spiritual", in particular those who are active participants in the spiritual industry. I've had a significant number of negative encounters with spiritual bypassing and
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
My boss at the Harry Potter Alliance encouraged white (& passing) volunteers to do this workbook in the month of February, and needless to say I have learned a lot. The questions didn't allow for any shying away, and I know now that, though I have a lot of work to do, I have a direction.

Nonetheless, I'm afraid I still fall into a couple of the "why did I read this?" categories Saad mentions at the end of the book: "There will be those who read this book because they want others to think
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 required reading. ...more
Phenomenal resource for engaging white people in anti-racist thinking and action.

"The primary force which drives my work is my desire to become a good ancestor. I know that my soul work is to help create change, facilitate healing, and seed new possibilities for those who will come after I am gone. This workbook is a contribution to that purpose. It is a resource which I hope will help you do the internal and external work needed to become a good ancestor, too." -- layla f. saad
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Jan 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm going to write a response workbook called "You're Not Oppressed, You're Just A Hypersensitive Asshole". It's going to be written for overly sensitive Black people, such as the unintelligent person who wrote this book. It will be to help them feel less shitty about themselves and allow them to step outside of their microcosm. You would have to be pretty weak to fall for this poor attempt at indoctrination. There is no war between whites and the gargantuan generalized group of individuals they ...more
Sarah Eshelman
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Layla Saad's workbook is a vital text that guides the reader through hard-hitting questions to uncover personal, internalized white supremacy. It's easy to acknowledge personal biases, but none of us should stop there. It is up to us to unlearn and undo the lessons that we have consciously and unconsciously learned. I was challenged and convicted by the questions and my own responses to them. Even though I finished the 28-days, I know that I am not truly done the work, and this is just the ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fighting-racisim
Important anti-racism work being done here. For white people who know “this current state of affairs isn’t right but where can I start” the starting point is here. Unlike the many great books I’ve read on being anti-racist, this one doesn’t let you keep the work at an academic/arms length distance, it puts the reader in the work. Doing the journaling prompts is an essential part of this work, reading alone won’t do it. I recommend it highly to those white people ready to look at themselves, ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three-line review: I spent lots of time over the past 28 days working through a myriad of journal prompts that helped me understand my own racism and white supremacy in my life. This workbook should be required work for every white person as it walks through all the ways whiteness in general (and the reader's whiteness, in particular) harms BIPOC. I'm giving it four stars because, though I have a better grasp on the work I need to do, I still don't feel fully equipped with the tools I need to ...more
Melissa Boatwright
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
100% recommend this book to everyone willing to do the work in understanding their role in how our systems reinforce white dominance/supremacy. It provides prompts at the individual level to understand the role we play in upholding systems of oppression, how we can change our own behavior to improve inclusion, and how this work is a lifelong process - particularly for those who hold a lot of white privilege.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
It's almost unbelievable that something such as this could be taken seriously. What kind of idiot reads this insane crap? Gawd. We're sinking into oblivion when someone as dumb as this woman can get paid for writing such nonsense.
Sydney Stein
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Saad's workbook gave me a great space to think through my own white supremacy. I wish I had participated in the 28-day Instagram challenge instead, to see other responses. I would like to revisit this workbook every few years - hopefully with new knowledge and experiences.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an important read in order to become ANTI-Racist. Being merely not racist leaves us complicit in maintaining white supremacy.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
essential work for all white & white passing folk - we can't really do the work on destroying white supremacy around us before confronting it within.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential for all white people. Whatever makes you uncomfortable in journaling about this process is what you most need to examine.
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