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Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

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"Layla Saad moves her readers from their heads into their hearts, and ultimately, into their practice. We won't end white supremacy through an intellectual understanding alone; we must put that understanding into action." —Robin DiAngelo, author of New York Times bestseller White Fragility

Based off the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Sourcebooks
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Seamus  BH
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I did this for the full 28 days when Layla posted it to Instagram. Followers (mostly white women) would attack my answers to the daily questions because it didn’t fall into the ‘group think’ opinion that white = evil, and person of color = good. Which is dehumanizing and problematic for everyone. Layla herself started behaving like a cult leader, admonishing her followers in a consistent way to keep them ‘in check’. Layla clings to the belief that white supremacy is alive and well in the world ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I think white people with good intentions need to hear this from another decent person: those hunches that "something seems off" you had when you read this book weren't just your "white fragility" speaking. You aren't a white supremacist for being suspicious of the ideas in this book.

I say that because you weren't given the option of considering that when you read this book, which told you how race works in western culture without ever actually feeling the need to prove it was true.

When it comes
I didn't expect this to be a workbook, so honestly, audio isn't the way to go if you're going to do the work day by day unless you only listen to the audiobook on those days. That said, I didn't follow through the 28-day plan with the book but will certainly be revisiting the topics here and digging into them.

The strength of this, I think, was how it ties together all of the pieces so many other anti-racism and race-themed nonfiction books that have released in the last few years together in a
Ashley Holstrom
Whew. Get ready to do some hard, hard work, y'all.

[I quickly read this before it goes to print; I'll be coming back to do the full 28-day challenge when it's published in February 2020!]
Jessica Haider
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, wrc2020
It all started on instagram with a 28 day challenge using the hashtag #meandwhitesupremacy. Layla F. Saad started the instagram challenge and has now published the challenge as a book. This book has a chapter for each day of the challenge where she discusses the topic at hand, gives examples of it and also gives reflective journaling prompts. The intention is for the reader to keep a journal as they read to uncover their own biases, experiences and areas for improvement. This is not a book ...more
Amanda Arkans -
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Be prepared to reflect and grow when you read Me and White Supremacy. Especially for those who are new to these concepts, this book is a true eye-opener!

Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
My initial thought was, I wonder why she seems to only target White people. I've witnessed racism from every race toward another so why single out White people? She assumes that anyone who is White, let me repeat this, anyone in the world who is White, is inherently racist. She seems to deny this but ultimately targets only White people and oddly policies made by White people as if they think about their race as a primary determining factor of policy making ( a view that a minority or student of ...more
Sonali Dabade
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
4.5 stars.

Listened to the audiobook on

I don't know what I was expecting when I started listening to this but it was definitely not this and I'm glad this book is now in existence.

Born from Layla F Saad's 28-day Instagram challenge, #meandwhitesupremacy , in which she encouraged white people to share more of themselves and their behavior towards BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) people, this book throws light on a number of issues including but not limited to white supremacy,
Never Without a Book
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad started as an Instagram challenge and later become a cultural movement. I’m going to be totally honest, I don’t speak for all for Black people, so I will say, this book was not written for me. As a Black woman who deals with racism daily, I found nothing in this book that would benefit me except, to reference this book to those that ask. Saad provides some great tips & I feel they can be beneficial to many who are looking to become better allies.

Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I typically don't go for these workbook books. But this one was eye opening. Its almost like a dictionary on the current status of macro and micro aggressions between BIPOC and white people. At the very least, its a great resource for helping facilitate difficult conversations in public discourse. She's also going to be at the library in a few weeks so I'm excited to hear her in person and get a feel from her directly the state of oppression and especially how they can be practiced in the ...more
Molly Huff
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said that “a mind that is stretched by new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Layla F Saad has proven that dictum with her astonishing workbook, “Me & White Supremacy”. With astounding gentleness and grace, she has provided white people with the tools to examine their own complicity in white supremacy and systemic racism in order to begin dismantling it. This work is tough and eminently important; such critical concepts as white-centering, ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This workbook full of thought and writing prompts encourages readers to be stop denying white supremacy, and start taking a deep look to find the unconscious and insidious racism that exists inside themselves. Saad challenges us to own up, stop excusing and ignoring, and start listening, thinking, and learning- to do more to acknowledge and dismantle the racist status quo, and don't ever stop. Uncomfortable and vital.

This ARC was provided by Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review.

Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a really great resource for White folks who really are open to getting down and dirty with the work of unpacking their whiteness. That being said, if you are new to antiracism concepts and in the early stages of recognizing there may be gaps in your knowledge, I think I would hold off on this until learning a bit more. The book is broken into 28 days of topics and each day gives some background info on that topic of the day and then follows with journal prompt questions but it's ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

4.5 stars. While I haven't completed the full 28 day journey with all of the personal reflection questions yet (I have ordered my own copy and will follow the schedule in February for Black History month), I read through all of the introductory material and at least half of the daily reading assignments. This book is excellent. I didn't feel I could give 5 stars to an
Hannah Evans
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a re-read of sorts since I finished Layla’s workbook last summer. She’s right about the value of coming back to it with fresh eyes—just 6 months later, I’ve already found myself ending each chapter with new self-awareness than what I found last time.

I study race academically, which means that segments of this book were things I was so familiar with that it took every impulse not to skim, but it also means that some of the self-reflective prompts were even more urgent and necessary than
Rachel Stevenson
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
This is an excellent and intentionally uncomfortable book. I feel strongly about doing the work of Anti-Racism so that I can be a good Ancestor. I rented this as an audiobook from my local library, but that isn't enough I plan to buy it and do the journaling prompts with white friends who I hope will join me and hold me accountable for doing this work even when it gets hard and uncomfortable.

This book is monumental in it's approach to Anti-Racism, it asks people to really do the work and
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought I was a “good white person” but this book taught me I AM part of the problem and in fact the notion of a “good white person” is actually part of the problem of white supremacy. This book is essential reading. It offers a necessary look at how ALL white people participate in white supremacy every day, in a way that is organized and easy to follow, while also deeply humbling, frustrating and soul shattering as it peels away the seemingly endless layers of our relationship to white ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Layla covers the basics incisively, spelling out the beliefs, behaviours, and dynamics of white supremacy. Although not aimed at me, I went through the workbook keeping in mind the privileges I do have. Generally I found the prompts repetitive and not necessarily reinforcing the challenge of each day's focus. I would give a cookie to anyone who could follow through with self-excavation and writing along with the workbook in its entirety.

I appreciated that Layla's definitions were not detached
David Kent
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a real eye-opener. I learned more about myself than I ever thought I would, or could. And yet I must continue to search within. It's a lifelong process. Every white person should read this book. And do the work.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Confronting, eye opening and potentially life changing. May we all do the work and be the ancestors the world deserves. I intend to keep reading and reflecting. So much to learn, may I be humble and truthful with myself.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: racism
Excellent overview of the many layers of white supremacy, with very helpful journal prompts to get you to dig deeper into your own privilege and discover what antiracism work you still need to do. Not a comfortable or easy book but an absolutely necessary one for anyone with white privilege.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must for white people.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: race, female-authors, 2020
As a white lady trying to hold up a mirror to my own privilege, these exercises were incredibly eye opening. I recommend this book to everyone who asks me how and where to start.
Alida Hanson
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Changed the way I think and what I do. I went through it with a work colleague.
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Layla Saad is a globally respected writer, speaker and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change.

As an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in Middle East, Layla has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives.