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Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
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“Here is a radical idea that I would like you to understand: white silence is violence. It actively protects the system. It says I am okay with the way things are because they do not negatively affect me and because I enjoy the benefits I receive with white privilege.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“White supremacy is a system you have been born into. Whether or not you have known it, it is a system that has granted you unearned privileges, protection, and power.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“You cannot dismantle what you cannot see. You cannot challenge what you do not understand.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“This work is not about those white people “out there.” It is about you. Just you.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“Antiracism work that does not break the heart open cannot move people toward meaningful change.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“Your desire to be seen as good can actually prevent you from doing good, because if you do not see yourself as part of the problem, you cannot be part of the solution.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“People often think that white supremacy is a term that is only used to describe far-right extremists and neo-Nazis. However, this idea that white supremacy only applies to the so-called “bad ones” is both incorrect and dangerous, because it reinforces the idea that white supremacy is an ideology that is only upheld by a fringe group of white people.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“In essence, white fragility looks like a white person taking the position of victim when it is in fact that white person who has committed or participated in acts of racial harm.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.14”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“There is no feel-good reward at the end other than the knowledge that you are doing this because it’s the right thing to do. You will not be congratulated for it. You won’t get any ally cookies for it. You won’t be celebrated for it. You will have to learn to wean yourself off the addiction to instant gratification and instead develop a consciousness for doing what is right even if nobody ever thanks you for it.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“Here’s to doing what is right and not what is easy.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“You can be an introvert and have powerful conversations. You can be an introvert and use writing to disrupt white supremacy. You can be an introvert and show up to protest marches. You do not have to be the loudest voice. But you do need to use your voice.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“This desire, though seemingly well-meaning, completely disregards the fact that there are already Black women and people leading this work and that as a person with white privilege, a better way for her to support the healing of this crisis would be to do her own antiracism work and approach these organizations to ask them how she can best support them. The desire to become the hero of the story is a common one.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World
“Often times, what you describe as cultural appreciation is a form of tokenizing and exoticizing while continuing to discard and dehumanize the actual people of that culture. Often times, the cultural elements that are appropriated are stripped of their original cultural context, meaning, and significance and used in such a way as to serve or pleasure whiteness.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“The promise of the Church of Color Blindness is that if we stop seeing race, then racism goes away. That racism will go away not through awakening consciousness of privilege and racial harm, not through systemic and institutional change, not through addressing imbalances in power, not through making amends for historical and current-day harm, but instead by simply acting as if the social construct of race has no actual consequences—both for those with white privilege and those without it. The belief is that if you act as if you do not see color, you will not do anything racist or benefit from racism. And if you teach your children to not see race too, you can create a new generation of people who will not do anything racist or benefit from racism.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“White exceptionalism is the belief that because you have read antiracism books and articles, listened to social justice–based podcasts, watched documentaries on the effects of racism, and follow some BIPOC activists and teachers, you know it all and do not need to dig deeper.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“But if you are a person who believes in love, justice, integrity, and equity for all people, then you know that this work is nonnegotiable”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“A white person’s expression of anger is often seen as righteous, whereas a Black person’s anger is often seen as aggressive and dangerous. Nowhere”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“However, this idea that white supremacy only applies to the so-called “bad ones” is both incorrect and dangerous, because it reinforces the idea that white supremacy is an ideology that is only upheld by a fringe group of white people. White supremacy is far from fringe. In white-centered societies and communities, it is the dominant paradigm that forms the foundation from which norms, rules, and laws are created.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“Building the racial stamina required to challenge the racist status quo is thus a critical part of our work as white people. Rushing ahead to solutions—especially when we have barely begun to think critically about the problem—bypasses the necessary personal work and reflection and distances us from understanding our own complicity.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“primary force that drives my work is a passionate desire to become a good ancestor. My purpose is to help create change, facilitate healing, and seed new possibilities for those who will come after I am gone.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“It is also a system that has been designed to keep you asleep and unaware of what having that privilege, protection, and power has meant for people who do not look like you.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“Pain and shame are neither desirable nor sustainable as long-term strategies for transformational change. It is my hope that love is what initially brought you to this work. It is my conviction that love is what will keep you going.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“White silence is also a defending of the status quo of white supremacy—a manifestation of holding on to one’s white privilege through inaction.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“White exceptionalism has shown up every time you saw one of the reflective journaling questions and thought, I don’t do that or That doesn’t apply to me. I have never or would never think that.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“Remember, white supremacy is not just about individual acts of racism, but rather it is a system of oppression that seeps into and often forms the foundation of many of the regular spaces where you spend your time—school, work, spiritual spaces, health and wellness spaces, and so on.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“The reality is that you have been conditioned since you were a child to believe in white superiority through the way your history was taught, through the way race was talked about, and through the way students of color were treated differently from you. You have been educated by institutions that have taught white superiority through curricula that favor a white-biased narrative, through the lack of representation of BIPOC, and through the way these institutions handled acts of racism.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
“The aim of this work is truth—seeing it, owning it, and figuring out what to do with it. This is lifelong work. Avoid the shortcuts, and be wary of the easy answers.”
Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

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