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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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  • Joe
  • 2020-12-09

A truly dangerous baseless ideology, no solutions.

Realizing some people are writing negative reviews without having read the book just to slander it, let me begin by saying I did read this book. I re-llistened to many sections for understanding and took notes.

"White fragility is a white person taking the position of victim when in fact that white person has committed or participated in acts of racial harm."
The author goes on to say that white people can never be victims.

"You are complicit in a system of discrimination you are not aware of"
"Silence is violence"

The author from my understanding is a blogger, not a social scientist or any type of researcher. She has coined her own terms to describe these concepts she invented ike white fragility, wite silence etc.

"[There is] a deeply held social construct that there are biologically different races and that one race is superior tot he other."
There are no references or research to support these sweeping assumptions.

The beautiful thing about this circular logic, is that in expression anything other than full support, I myself am expressing "white fragility", and therefore anything I could write in attempt to create dialogue is automatically invalidated.

Saying that no one can argue with these ideas and terms completely closes off all avenues of communication and discussion.

The reason why i call these ideas dangerous is this. If white people are complicit in racism unconsciously, and if "silence is violence", and if not actively doing anything also makes you a racist, then these ideas are opening up the avenues to justify violence against any white person, anywhere at any time.

There is very little mention of it, but as you probably know there is research about implicit bias regarding race, but the research shows it is very weakly linked to actions.

One of the conclusions is that you should "amplify BIPOC voices regardless of message", this is a dangerous line of thinking that follows down the same road of the persecution of the kulaks in soviet russia.
The most essential thing we can do i keep open avenues of communication.

The notion that you can paint all these white people with the same brush, regardless of where they live or what their life experiences are, is entirely racist by its true definition.

There are no actual solution to these problems offered, let me offer some here:
Everyone should take personal responsibility for their own lives. Yes circumstances are different for everyone, there is always someone better off than you. But its up to us to determine how we feel about our situation and how we respond.
Treat others are you would like to be treated. If you look for a racist power structure everywhere you go, it will appear to you, but in reality consider it might just be a normal power structure.

But, I am just saying all this because I am a fragile, privileged racist.

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Very Idealistic

First off, I am an able-bodied, cisgender, heterosexual, white male.

How does a person like me even attempt to write a review of this book? If I give it five stars, I’ll be told that I’m doing it for “ally optics” and hoping to get “ally cookies”. If I give any criticism at all I’ll be labelled a racist. If I do nothing, that’s giving into “white apathy”. No matter what I do, I’m wrong, because I’m white. But that’s not a generalization against me, also because I’m white.

I want to be clear: this book has merit. At the very least it asks important questions and hopefully leads to many conversations. I really hope many people read it in an attempt to challenge themselves to look outside their own bubble or worldview.
But if I’m allowed to be honest, the author suggests that there are only two extremes: either do nothing and be a white apathetic; or take action on an extremely precarious tightwire where almost every action you take will be wrong or at least criticized but BIPOC.

In conclusion, this book is focused on race inequality- but there are so many other types of inequality. Therefore, I recommend reading this book with a grain of salt. Love all people, help others where you can; but don’t make it about yourself. Do it to better humanity.

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Helpful

Saad is a consistent guide to my personal journey with white supremacy. I return to and recommend this workbook to all friends and family members who are confused about their roll with anti racism and are looking to grow with love.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-27

Essential!!

This book is absolutely required reading for the betterment of humanity. It is a must read and the action it requires of the reader is it’s crown Jewel.

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