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Stay Woke: A People's Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter

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The essential guide to understanding how racism works and how racial inequality shapes black lives, ultimately offering a road-map for resistance for racial justice advocates and antiracists

When #BlackLivesMatter went viral in 2013, it shed a light on the urgent, daily struggles of black Americans to combat racial injustice. The message resonated with millions across the
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by New York University Press
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Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So I read this book a while back when I got it via NetGalley. I honestly just wasn't in the mood to review it though. Not because it wasn't a good primer about systematic racism and why black lives matter. But because I am just sick of justifying my existence to people out there. I don't know how many people have heard about the 1619 Project that the New York Times published. But the number of white men
David Lucander
Pretty good book, would be great for the YA audience. A little jargon-y at times, but one of the better "don't be a racist" books to come out in recent years.
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is like Black Lives Matter 101. It traces the movement, the organization, the goals, the reasons it exists. Filled with vocabulary and resources, it's a great starter book in understanding why Black Lives Matter is needed.
Shari Suarez
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful book about racism and how it works. This should be required reading in college courses. The authors give you a lot to think about.
Angela By The Bookcase
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the perfect book for anyone - new or otherwise - who is invested in furthering racial equality. A lot of the information was not new to me, however sometimes we lose sight of just how deeply entrenched racism is in our society and how much it touches everything from schooling to jobs to incarceration and legislation. These are all things that are verifiable and true, but seeing it all laid bare in one book, side by side with every other institution that has racial inequality in it's mids ...more
Jenna Spinelle
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provides an excellent overview of racism and antiracism that's grounded in history and social science research. It's written in an accessible way and contains practical suggestions for how to incorporate and sustain antiracist practices in your everyday life.

I spoke with Tehama and Candis for a podcast I host and produce; we covered many of the book's main themes and discussed the clumsy journey to antiracism playing out across the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd's death. You can find
One of the things I think works best about this book is the systematic approach the authors take to building their case and providing practical steps to up one's antiracism game. The authors, Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith, have done an excellent job building scholarly data into an easily accessible and understandable presentation for non-scholars, while still clearly showing how various forms on oppression, violence, and dispossession historically have and continue to conspire to e ...more
Molly Roach
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please put this book in your anti racist toolkit! The book throughly outlines the anti Black racism in all aspects of life from housing to health care to access to food. It includes an entire chapter going over many of the words and phrases we see thrown around, providing definitions and correct usage. There’s a chapter on how the current Movement 4 Black Lives isn’t separate from former racial movements, but is a continuation of them. It includes sample responses to some commonly used liberal t ...more
Stay Woke lays out clearly, with examples, the very real racial problems embedded in American society - but not only that, the book gives concrete steps that we can take to work towards dismantling them. If you've ever been met with "ALL LIVES MATTER!" when trying to explain why Black Lives Matter, this book lays out an eloquent and easy-to-understand explanation that you can use in these situations in the future. Well-written in digestible sections, this book is a must-read for our modern times ...more
J.D. DeHart
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stay Woke is a powerful and important exploration of social issues related to ethnicity and identity. The book is logically arranged and is well-developed. Stay Woke has the potential to form the basis for transformative conversations and I recommend it for study groups, multicultural education courses, and personal reading. I'll say it again: Powerful.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great resource for understanding systemic racism in America. Charts and graphs are very helpful. The data shows the problem. Now we all needto stay woke and resolve systemic racism. Ideas for that too, included in this book. Beautiful look at what America could be.
Carolyn Fagan
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource with helpful definitions and PRACTICAL ideas about how to make a difference.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was engaging and informative. I found myself not emotionally/mentally drained after reading it.
Melissa Michelson
This would be an excellent book for students, or as a gift to the budding activist in your life. Well written and engaging.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patricia Long
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read was from the library. But it is so helpful that I am ordering my own copy.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#StayWoke #NetGalley
Comes with a disclaimer of sorts that not everyone will believe what's written inside.
Racism makes people, particularly those who perpetrate, benefit from or turn a blind eye to it, very uncomfortable when it's called out.
And they should be uncomfortable.
This book should make you uncomfortable. The systemic racism won't change until everyone is uncomfortable with the status quo.
This book is a good eye opener and a great starter for anyone who wants to know more about #BlackL
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