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Me and White Supremacy

Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Written by: Layla F. Saad
Narrated by: Layla F. Saad
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
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Based off the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy teaches listeners how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, 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 to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it. Thousands of people participated in the challenge, and over 90,000 people downloaded the Me and White Supremacy Workbook

The updated and expanded Me and White Supremacy takes the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.

Awareness leads to action, and action leads to change. The numbers show that people are ready to do this work - let’s give it to them.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Layla F. Saad (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Having a hard time with this one. Maybe my expectations were off before starting. I’m coming into this book as a white guy hoping to reduce the chances that I’m perpetuating hardships to people of colour, or otherwise reaping benefits from my skin colour at the disadvantage of others. What I received right off the bat is the label from the author that because I’m white, I’m racist and supporting white supremacy. If I feel angered by that label, it’s my white fragility showing. The feeling that I'm coming away with is that to even refute anything in this book suggests that I support racism and am not capable of helping correctly. If a Caucasian person tries to help celebrate another culture, it’s cultural appropriation or exploitation. White cultures simultaneously promote Caucasian physical features as the ideal, but also steal physical features from other races determined to be beautiful such as darker skin via tanning, bigger lips / curves by aesthetic procedures etc. There is also a point blank statement that people of colour can’t be racist towards Caucasian individuals because they lack cultural power to exert force on caucasians. I’d agree that ‘western’ cultures see a disproportionate majority of positions of power occupied by caucasians, but if you were to look at many Asian, African or middle eastern countries, I think the roles would be reversed. There were a surprising number of generalizations based solely on race (generalizations both towards Caucasian and people of colour), which I can’t get behind, whether good or bad. It completely glazed over the nuances of individuals having the capacity to act as independent people. I found these blanket generalizations stunning in a book of this nature. If the author wanted to give a Caucasian reader the experience of being ‘damned if you do, damned if you dont’ based solely on race, mission accomplished. Even writing this critical review after listening to the book makes me feel that I’m doing things wrong or not understanding, simply by not giving this book undying adoration. I want to reinforce that I agree there is racism, prejudice and bias, based solely on skin color, which I want no part of, and want to help eradicate. I’ll continue to look for ways that I can learn, improve my ability to help out others to reduce suffering in the world and to help eliminate cultural norms which allow racism, but I can’t recommend this book to others on the same journey. Moving on to the book "White Fragility" and others, to see what I'm missing and what I can do better.

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Phenomenal!!! Be ready to WORK.

This book was phenomenal. If you go into it with the right intentions, this book will make you WORK, but it is incredibly important work. Get a blank journal, settle in, and prepare to look at yourself deeply and honestly. If you ARE honest, you're going to realize things that you do NOT like realizing. That's all part of it, but the good news is that no matter what you find out about yourself, there is plenty of information in this book to help you do better. Listen, put in the work, and keep doing it for the rest of your life. I know I will be.

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So eye-opening! Thankful I came across this book.

The writer/narrator has a gentle voice and is a pleasure to listen to, which is a blessing because each bite-sized daily segment challenged me far more than I expected! I highly recommend this book to ANYONE who is looking at purchasing it. Hard work to follow through, but it's life-changing and desperately needed.

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An Eyy Opener

a definite must read/listen. this is important for our Future as a human race.

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A MUST READ

Please read this book, especially if you are white. Saad provides a necessary education.

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Very good book.

I am brown and this book was needed for me to understand the need to combat racism. I suggest you listen to this book with an open mind.

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A MUST READ

Clear and poignant. Everyone should read/ listen to this important book/ audiobook. And then get to work!

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Great book!

I loved this book! Showed me a path to understanding deeper issues, and how I can be a part of the change that is so desperately needed.

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  • Malick Tchakpedeou
  • 2020-06-12

Written for Corporations, not for people.

This is a workshop. Imagine a room with 13 people sitting in a circle. They're all sorry and contrite. One gets up and says: "Hi my name is America and I've been racist and white supremacist for over 244 years."... No, that's not how the book goes but that's how it feels like. I think the book is overly confident in the desire of supremacists to change their views. People are supremacists by choice. You cannot moralize them. There's more work to be done on black inferiorists than on white supremacists. White people will not go through this process of self flagellation for the sole purpose of making black people happy. Why should they? And if they actually do sacrifice their privileges for us, isn't it the ultimate sign of their superiority? How can a black person come out of this workshop ( I shouldn't have been here in the first place) without feeling like a helpless child that others have to bend down backward to accommodate? On a positive note, the book is well-put together and very rich in concepts. I can see an HR department using it for their " unconscious bias awareness" trainings. I also like the idea of trying to be a good encestor. Cause this whole scheme of blaming bad encestors for slavery while upholding their legacy and profiting from it is getting really old. At the end of the day, empowering black people and helping build strong black nations is the only way to combat white supremacists. There is a racism against Chinese people around the world. But it is barely perceptible because the nation of China cannot always be looked down to. What is great cannot be belittled. Malick Tchakpedeou.

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  • Bookie
  • 2020-05-21

Essential reading

This is urgent, essential reading for any white person who wants to meaningfully combat racism. If you’ve ever found yourself asking or thinking: I want to do more but I’m afraid of getting it wrong? I want to do more but is it my place? I want to do more but... fill in the blank. Saad is like your own personal therapist, educator, and guide—she pushes you to places you haven’t gone before and generously provides a path for unpacking, understanding, and moving through your barriers to really doing the work that is needed. This is what I am continuing to learn: as long as I have unearned benefits and advantages because of the color of my white skin, there is work to be done. It doesn’t matter if you want these benefits or not. If you are white, you have them. And with that a responsibility to actively change a system that allows and condones this to be. Get this book! And do the work.

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  • Lauren R. E. Larkin
  • 2020-02-17

change begins by facing ourselves in the mirror

a must read/listen for anyone hoping to be a good ancestor. anyone wanting to make the world better for all people, especially for the marginalized groups, has to start with themselves. no matter how "woke" you think you are, you're still carrying around racist baggage. Saad's book is worth listening to and working through many times over.

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  • Scubachik99
  • 2020-03-13

Eye Opening

All white people need to do this work. I will be reading again in an attempt to de-program myself from the years of racism I was brainwashed with. Bravo Layla!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-13

Unconditional Love!

I feel Layla Saad was very condescending about all white people. I feel she thinks because I am white that I automatically lack the capacity to love, respect, empathize and feel equality for my black brothers and sisters. I feel sad for her and will praying for her to open her heart to Jesus Christ who is the author of Unconditional Love for all People.

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  • The Shop-aholic
  • 2020-06-12

A MUST listen for blacks and whites alike!

Wow! Listening as a black male I learned so much through this book! Thank You!

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  • John K
  • 2020-06-05

An education

An eye opener. It's time to take a hard look in the mirror and find out how you can change yourself from within to make this country a better place for everyone. The easily digestible daily lessons are not condescending but can be quite shocking once you are truthful to yourself and realize just how real the words in this book are. If you are not changed after reading this book, you are not human.

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  • Freddy G
  • 2020-03-28

The Unspeakable Truth

This book understands Racism, unveils the truth, comprehends hypocrisy, empathizes the victimized, while being active against injustice thus creating equality....I need to say no more.

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  • B. R.
  • 2020-07-31

The worst book I have read in years

I am a liberal and and an intellectual, and I perceive this book as full of (as in, ever other sentence) logical fallacies! It is leading people towards racism, not away from it. Any argument that is made in it falters with a minimal amount of questioning. It also does not allow for questioning (as stated in the book). Be careful with text like this. They may mean well but do a lot of damage!

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  • Becca K
  • 2020-05-29

Very timely, and something I needed to read

Insightful and thought provoking, made me understand more what my parents went through and helped me to see what I can do better.

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