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

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Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, she never predicted it would spread as widely as it did. She encouraged people
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Sourcebooks (first published January 28th 2020)
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Seamus  BH
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I did this for the full 28 days. I found it poorly written and not actually helpful.
'How to be an Antiracist' by Ibram X Kendi is highly recommended and is the most thoughtful book I've ever read on this subject, read that instead. His other book 'Stamped from the Beginning' is a very educational history book.
Also recommend the YouTube channel ‘For Harriet’ which dissects topics of race and culture with greater insight. And finally 'The Rundown' with Robin Thede, formally on BET.
Some other autho
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Asderan
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
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Corrigan Vaughan
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not necessarily the target audience of this book since I'm not white, but I wanted to check it out anyway. I'd seen friends doing the challenge on her Instagram, so I had a sense of what this was. I'd highly recommend this for the white liberal who's ready and willing to take a hard and uncomfortable look in the mirror. People who read American Dirt and didn't think about why this white author is on the bestseller list for telling a brown story when there are plenty of brown people whose boo ...more
Vanessa
Jun 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: suspect
As a white femme, i feel reluctant to/cautious and frustrated about critiquing a Black Muslim author. I am not interested in name calling or attacking. I want to share the facts of what I observed and Black women experienced in the past few years. I have witnessed a pattern of abuse, exploitative relationships, and enough evidence to suggest that Saad is not doing this “work” from genuine intentions or integrity. I don’t wish to cause more harm, but to offer a full context for people who are dra ...more
Mehrsa
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This review applies to this book and a few others like it:

I have a few issues w/ some of the books that everyone is recommending that are meant to teach white people how not to be racist:

A lot of them (though not all) assume that doing "the work" of dismantling white supremacy is about "listening to POC," "speaking out" and generally not thinking certain things, not saying racist things, bringing POC to the table, not stereotyping, not fetishizing, not bringing your hurt feelings to the fight,
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Maxwell
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting this to be more of a workbook (each chapter ends with anywhere from 3-9 questions to reflect on and journal about), but I really enjoyed that aspect! It allowed me to engage with the text, rather than just passively read it and feel I'd accomplished something by the time I turned the last page. But the work doesn't end with finishing this book, and I'm looking forward to discussing and working through this book again in July with a group of people. And while it's still worthwh ...more
Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From now on, when White people ask me what they should do to combat racism and White supremacy, I’m going to tell them to read Layla Saad’s book. This book is based upon Saad’s Instagram challenge #meandwhitesupremacy, which took White people through a 28-day series of guided reflections about what racism is, how they have internalized and embodied it, and how they can begin to reconstruct their identities and their relationship to white supremacy. This is not a primer on racism and it is not fo ...more
Mark Robison
This book just doesn't do what it sets out to do, to me anyway. It's a 28-day workbook aimed at helping white people understand their role in white supremacy. If I were to parse each sentence, I’d probably be down with 99% of them — but I literally know of no one who this book would help to be less racist. For people not in a frame of mind to learn, it's too easy to make fun of. For people who are open to it, it is confrontational but without the context to absorb and utilize the strong language ...more
Ashley Holstrom
Whew. Get ready to do some hard, hard work, y'all.
Malia
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
As a whole, Me and the White Supremacy is a thought provoking book, and the questions it presents worthy of contemplation. I did have some issues with it for similar reasons I had problems with White Fragility, though Layla Saad writes from the perspective of a Woman of Color, and is thus entitled to make observations and assertions I felt Robin DiAngelo was not. There were chapters I found really interesting and topics she raised with led to important conversations and reflection. However, othe ...more
Jessica
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“You will be called out/in as you do antiracism work. Making mistakes is how you learn and do better going forward. Being called out/in is not a deterrent to the work. It is part of the work.”

This is an engaging and thought provoking book. The short chapters are followed by reflection prompts / questions that are designed to be answered over the course of 28 days.

I listened to the audiobook, and thought the narration was great! Thanks libro.fm for the complimentary audiobook!

This is a great comp
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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
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Gary
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Are we meant to be believe a homeless White single mum and her child are more privileged than a multi-milionaire Oxford educated Pakistani Oxbridge graduate.
Do you know left feminist 'diversity and equality'' enforcers in the UK have harassed and attacked White teen girls who have been trafficked, gang raped and tortured by muslim men that they are racist for speaking about their experiences. And even one middle class leftwing feminist tweeted ''they might have been raped but at least they have
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MissBecka
After nearly 6 months on the wait list for my library...
I didn't get what I hoped for out of this book.
Decent book for self reflection on your journey to being a better human, but not as powerful as other work I've read.
I feel like this needed more of her in the book to bring it home.
She grew up in Qatar and lives in the UK so I was hoping for more of that prospective/challenges.
Maybe some of the changes she was able to help bring about in her towns/friendships over the years.
I was expecting so
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Alen
Apr 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Why white people combating racism by giving black people black privilege? I’m Asian and want my yellow privilege lol.
Kevin
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me feel empowered, emboldened, and capable of interacting with racism in a way I haven't felt before. One of my biggest weak spots seems to be during family/friend interactions, and Layla's advice gave me tools and language to make me more comfortable responding to various forms of racism in a meaningful way instead of being silently complicit.

It's far from the only book on race out there, but it's a worthy place to begin. It's short, powerful, and worth reading over again. What's
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Corvus
"Welcome to the work."

Layla F. Saad's "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor" is truly a gift to the world and especially to white people. This is someone directly affected by racism, misogynoir, and other oppressions (though she admits privileges of living outside the USA among others,) taking your hand, caring about your feelings, and also giving you an honest, no-nonsense education about how to combat white supremacy. I grabbed the audiobook versi
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Charlotte
May 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
I really wanted to like this book and see it as valuable information but I did not.
This author, while making a few good points will probably just piss off people who should read this book. I consider myself not racist and not a bigot at all but this book made me angry. Can we just start where people are and help them grow rather than calling them out?
Granted, we white people don't know how some of our actions are seen but wow! I don't think we will learn to be better from this book.
Kelly
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
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Rachel
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All my white lady friends? Read this and do the work.
Sarah
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such an essential book that every white person needs. The problem is many white people don't want to hear what Saad has to say, as evidenced by some of the "reviews" here. This short-in-length, long-in-work book is a gift to people who benefit from white supremacy, and the fact that it's hard is a good thing. This book is accessible and emphasizes intense self-examination paired with the importance of doing this work from a place of love for BIPOC people and for future generations. There ...more
Justin
For a book that so strongly and repeatedly rails against gaslighting, Me and White Supremacy sure does a lot of it. You may not think you do anything to harm and degrade people of color (POC), but you do. You may not think you consider yourself better than POC, but you do. It doesn't matter if every interaction you can think of that you've had with a POC has been positive, friendly, respectful, or (gasp!) treating them like you'd treat anybody else, you still harbor deep-seated prejudices about ...more
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Me and White Supremacy was originally a 28-day Instagram challenge. At the beginning of 2020, Ms. Saad turned the Instagram challenge into a book as a way to reach a wider audience.

Each section takes you through some tough hitting questions and also a time of reflection. The reader is challenged to figure out what to do with their newly gained knowledge.

Ms. Saad also has a podcast, "Good Ancestor," where the listener can hear conversations on what it means to be a good ancestor. "How to show
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Ashley
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book has some good points. As a caucasian there are many things I've never had to worry or even think about in terms of racism. This helped me to understand what I take for granted and appreciate what others face more. Overall though the book is pushy and the author acts as if her program is the only way to overcome racism. It backs everyone into a corner though. If they try, they're doing it wrong. If they don't try, they're doing it wrong. We can't act as if racism doesn't exist, or talk ...more
Danika at The Lesbrary
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you consider yourself a "good white person," you need to read this. I made a video about it, if you want more of my thoughts. ...more
Hope
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
Jessica Haider
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 targe ...more
Aoife
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book last month having heard this author on a podcast. I knew it would make for uncomfortable reading and so had placed it aside for a time when I felt more ready to read it; a fact which, having reading this book, I now understand is indicative in and of itself of my own privilege.
As a white woman in my 30s who considered myself anti racist this made for uncomfortable but necessary reading. It forced me to truly consider what being actively anti racist requires and consider, a
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Cathy
Jul 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
With all the civil unrest going on, I really wanted to gain a new perspective about racism in current times. I thought reading this book and others (White Fragility) would help me understand. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Me and White Supremacy is written from the Critical Theory worldview which views reality through the lens of power, dividing people into oppressed groups and oppressor groups. She states, “this book is to help people with white privilege understand and take ownership of t ...more
Katie
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, female-authors, race
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.
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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. L
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