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church has given her and what she loves about being a Black woman I loved reading about has given her and what she loves about being a Black woman I loved reading about given her and what she loves about being a Black woman I loved reading about memories of her childhood and time with her family as well as her love for books and the libraryEach chapter builds upon the one before it in a way that is masterful This mastery becomes specially clear in the final two chapters The last chapter is a reflection on hope and hopelessness and it is precisely what I needed to read for so many reasons This is the shadow of hope Knowing that we may never see the realization of our dreams and yet still showing up p 105Then I read the final paragraph and Austin brought it all home and my only thought was holy shit It was
that powerful I read it again and then again and let her powerful I read it again and then again and let her sink in The whole book builds toward that moment and it is absolutely incredible getting there Highly recommendedDisclosure I was provided a review copy from Convergent in Cabaret exchange for an honest review If Black people are dying in the street we must consult with white feelings before naming thevils of police brutality If white family members are being racist we must take Grandpa s feelings into account before we proclaim our objections to such speech If an organization s policies are discriminatory and harmful that can only be corrected if we can nsure white people won t feel bad about the change White fragility protects whiteness and forces Black people to fend for themselvesRead this memoir to read through the perspective of being Black Christian and a woman in a world where white feelings are important than Black lives Yeah I m going to need my own copy of this book so I can re read it and mark it up So many good truths in hereWatch me discuss this book in my July wrap up I m Still Here Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness is Austin Channing Brown s story of growing up in a predominately white world She talks about her childhood and church her family her xperiences in college and the work world and throughout all of this mbracing being Black Austin is spot on in her discussion of many workplaces I rolled my yes multiple times in frustration on her behalf as she recounted comments and challenges from coworkers Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice even those alleging they meant no harm An overhaul of workplace culture i Even when the world doesn t believe that Black bodies are capable of love Even when it doesn t believe that I survive on intimacy that I need other beings for love Even when I would prefer to be immune I am human I demand intimacy I demand tomorrow I demand loveI was hesitant to read I m Still Here after seeing in several reviews that the author talks a lot about her religion I thought it would be prevalent throughout the book taking away from its messageI decided to read it anyway just ignoring the religion because I m trying to learn as much as I can about race racism and anti racismHow glad I am that I did Austin Channing Brown shares herxperience of growing up Black in America An America where racism has always been strong and white supremacy is built into the very fabric of our nationI found Ms Brown s writing to be powerful and insightful and though she does write some about her faith and religion it was not as ubiuitous as I d thought If you re doing the work of unlearning racism and learning about the Black En plein coeur experience in America this is definitely a book to add to your listAs with all books I ve read on race I m Still Here further opened myyes to how racism manifests through me and made me aware of the things I say that are hurtful to others I am grateful to Austin Channing Brown for sharing her The Bookshop on the Shore experience and her insight I leave you with a few uotes from the bookI learned prettyarly in life that while Jesus may be cool with racial diversity America is notWhite supremacy is a tradition that must be named and a religion that must be renounced When this work has not been done those who live in whiteness become oppressive whether intentional or notWhen you believe niceness disproves the presence of racism it s Dance Real Slow easy to start believing bigotry is rare and that the label racist should be applied only to mean spirited intentional acts of discriminationOur only chance at dismantling racial injustice is being curious about its origins than we are worried about our comfortI am not impressed with America s progress I am not impressed that slavery was abolished or that Jim Crownded I feel no need to pat America on its back for these achievements This is how it always should have been Many call it progress but I do not consider it praiseworthy that only within the last generation did America reach the baseline for human decency. Veland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle class suburbs from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority white organizationsFor readers who have ngaged with America's legacy on race through the writing of Ta Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson I'm Still Here is an illuminating look at how white middle class Evangelicalism has participated in an ra of rising racial hostility inviting the reader to confront apathy recognize God's ongoing work in the world and discover how blackness if we let it can save us all. ,
Update on the second read through Turns out I gave that first copy away to my student a senior black student my advisee who s so done for good reason first copy away to my student a senior black student my advisee who s so done for good reason the institution where I work an institution like many of the institutions Brown works for I bought another copy to teach from this week in a Theology and Literature of the Black Body Finished this book today Handed it to my white kids as soon as I closed the cover Listen I said The best time for me to read a memoir is after finishing a fantasy novel in this case The Wicked King because while fiction and non fiction do share similarities at least they should plunging into something very different makes you The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life even aware of what you re reading currentlyThis is the kind of memoir I like reading I recently learned that the word memoir can apply to both anxploration of someone s life like a biography or writing on a specific topic like an ssay Although I don t xclusively read memoirs that fit the first definition I do prefer it It s then no surprise that I was immediately captivated by this book It s not only that the author talks about her arly life childhood adolescence and coming of age in general all of which I adore reading about it s that she uses her communication skills to share her views and xplore her past and present in such an honest and relatable way She denounces racism and uestions today s society s view of Blackness and Whiteness using PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition examplesasy to understand and comparisons that immediately put things in perspective One metaphor she used that specially spoke to me was how the world is so much like vanilla ice cream white with only a few chocolate sprinkles on the top but that this is not how it should be because although the sprinkles add flavour they are dispensable And Blackness should not be replaceable It is here to stayIt also never crossed my mind that some companies may hire people of color and of other thnicities simply to take pride in their own inclusivity while not necessarily wanting to hear any of those people s ideas or welcome their culture with them Many assume they will assimilate Some are The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, even baffled by their new blackmployees who refuse to assimilate choosing to keep their individualitiesI have read non fiction books that discuss discrimination and race relations in the past but the truth is that I will never stop learning Even if I was aware of some of the things mentioned in this memoir I still nded up learning a lot That s because we never do stop learning Nor should we ver want to Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin 35 starsThis was short but impactful I consider myself like probably most white people to not be a racist However this book opened my yes a little to the fact that in some ways I prioritize not being seen as a racist over ducating myself in ways to actually not be racist There s of course different shades of racism from the KKK burning crosses all the way to daily microaggressions I think the one I am most guilty of is the The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl expectation of assimilation to white cultural norms something I have never given active thought to before I will say that this book does have a strong slant specifically towards how race applies to white Christianity as that is the author s personalducational and professional background As someone who isn t particularly religious I didn t connect as much with the parts that had that focus Though it did resonate with my general beliefs towards white churches they talk the talk than they walk the walk when it comes to things outside of their own mindset and view In the same way that not Exile and Pilgrim everyone was ready and could handle Between the World and Me this is another that some will have a hard time with It was not meant to comfort white people It s written to share a blackxperience With that being said if there is one book that could most accurately define my Christian black womanhood my thoughts my pain my fear my concerns my frustrations my awareness that I MUST press on despite not having much to cling to for hope it s this book I read it in one sitting It was that relatable So grateful for Austin s willingness to share her perspective and a part of her story which so many of us black women can Amen to I read this book with the hope that Ms Brown would illuminate what actual justice or uality would look like It was largely a memoir and a good one I went school in the 70s and 80s so my xperience was different but I was surprised to hear about hers as I had assumed things had changed somewhat since I had been in school She seemed put off by the fact that the predominantly white school she attended taught and treated her thr. From a powerful new voice on racial justice an ye opening account of growing up Black Christian and female in middle class white America Austin Channing Brown's first ncounter with a racialized America came at age 7 when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future mployers into thinking she was a white man Growing up in majority white schools organizations and churches Austin writes I had to learn what it means to love blackness a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America's racial divide. Ough the lens of whiteness but I am not sure how they could have done any different seeing as how her classmates and teachers were white I see that as a frame of reference problem if I am not black or French or Chinese how can I treat you culturally the way your people would not so much as a discrimination issue I would not xpect a predominantly black congregation to start conforming to my cultural white reuirements or needs so I am not sure why the xpectation is there in the reverse setting Again how would we know what is the right thing to doI was steadfastly behind her with regards to her outrage at being touched without permission called names assumed to be A Welfare Recipient Instead welfare recipient instead an mployee and being yelled at by anyone for having different views Everyone s personal xperience is
*valid afterall it *afterall it theirs However I don t think the answer is to be racist against whites Many whites would like to know what it is that is wanted from us in this racial justice regard and this book did not have any real answers I have the impression that nothing I did or said as a white woman were I to meet Ms Brown would be the correct response She herself indicated in several places in the book that she knew what white people were thinking when they met her or talked with her This is xtremely judgmental and if it were to be said about black people would be considered racist without uestion If we are hurt by this prejudgement we are considered fragile So basically it is not okay for white people to Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts express their feelings with regards to this topic but it is fine for black people to do so The bottom line is people are ALL different We were all raised in different home situations cultures neighborhoodstc I don t believe it is really possible to reconcile an ntire people group to another one Even Jesus worked on an individual basis and sent his disciples out to also work on an individual basis If you re at all familiar with Austin Channing Brown you know she is a gifted communicator as both a writer and speaker I had high hopes for her first book and I was hooked from the first page I had intended to only read the first few chapters and before I knew it I chucked my plans for the day and wrapped myself up in the pages of Austin s storyBy the time I finished reading I was ven in awe of Austin I m Still Here is truly phenomenalAustin shares how A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli even her very name challenges people s assumptions Peoplexpect to a white man when they see the name Austin they don t always know what to do with the Black woman before them She grew up and has worked in majority white schools organizations and churches And with those majority white spaces come stereotypes biases and prejudicesAustin shares her trajectory from believing she was the white culture whisperer after college to seeing how white supremacy infected programs supposedly dedicated to racial reconciliation The role of the bridge builder sounds appealing until it becomes clear how often the bridge is your broken back p 42In chapter 5 titled Whiteness At Work Austin details the microaggressions she The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) experienced in her average workday at a Christian organization It was staggering to see them listed out and know this was just an average day One of many And then to see how the organization had no interest in changing when Austin pointed out the biases present despite its supposed commitment to diversity in the workplace It is little wonder why Austin finds white people soxhausting I can only imagine the bone deep tiredness that comes after a lifetime of xisting as a Black woman in primarily white spaces White readers will need to pay special attention to the sections xploring the difference between white fragility and taking full ownership of facing your own racism If you are white you have internalized racism The Time of the Hunters Moon even if you don t see it This is what it is to live in a society stacked in your favor from the moment you are born and this is why it s important for us to confront our privilege and interrogate our biasesMore importantly we cannot we must not rely on People Of Color to help us do that As Austin notes she is not the priest for the white soul p 65 I was very moved by Interlude Letter To My Son I was also moved when Austin shared about her fears that crop up whenever her husband or dad travels She worries they ll be pulled over and won t make it home It s horrifying that this is not an unrealistic fear that there s nothing we can say in reassurance It s a profound reminder of why we need to keep fighting for justice and theradication of white supremacy at Vegas Vacation (Destination: Desire, every level There are tough truths here but there is also joy as Austi. As a writer speaker andxpert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusionIn a time when nearly all institutions schools churches universities businesses claim to value diversity in their mission statements I'm Still Here is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric from Black Cle. .