This is an amazing collection of powerful stories of black resistance, power, and activism that I want to tell everyone to read.
Divided into several parts, How We Fight White Supremacy is a collection of interviews, essays, poems, recollections, and thoughts by an array of different Black Americans from all walks of life. The central topic is how these people fight white supremacy, but each voice is unique and brings different ideas, thoughts, experiences, and processes to the table. Curated, edited, and introduced by Colorlines editors Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin, How We Fight White Supremacy brings together voices such as Tarana Burke, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Harry Belafonte, Alicia Garza, Kiese Laymon, Imani Perry, Dr. Yaba Blya, Mahogany L. Brown, Aja Graydon, Christopher Rashad Green, Damon Young, and many, many more.
What I loved the most about this book was the unity in the message and the voices: one fight, many different ways, but together. Despite what some people in this country may proclaim we have never entered into a “post racial” era, and white supremacy still penetrates at all levels of our society. This book is a must read, a celebration of the hard work of real resistance on a daily basis, but also an important lesson to those of us who continue to benefit from white privilege.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy.
I have preordered my copy and so should you – the only way to learn and to really start changing how we perpetuate white supremacy is to sit down and really listen.