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Called "powerful and provocative" by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times best-selling How to Be an Antiracist, this explosive book of history and cultural criticism reveals how White feminism has been used as a weapon of white supremacy and patriarchy deployed against Black and Indigenous women and women of color.

Taking us from the slave era, when White women fought in court to keep "ownership" of their slaves, through the centuries of colonialism, when they offered a soft face for brutal tactics, to the modern workplace, White Tears/Brown Scars tells a charged story of White women's active participation in campaigns of oppression. It offers a long overdue validation of the experiences of women of color. 

Discussing subjects as varied as The Hunger Games, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the viral BBQ Becky video, and 19th-century lynchings of Mexicans in the American Southwest, Ruby Hamad undertakes a new investigation of gender and race. She shows how the division between innocent White women and racialized, sexualized women of color was created and why this division is crucial to confront. 

Along the way, there are revelatory responses to questions like: Why are White men not troubled by sexual assault on women? (See Christine Blasey Ford.) With rigor and precision, Hamad builds a powerful argument about the legacy of white superiority that we are socialized within, a reality that we must apprehend in order to fight.

©2020 Ruby Hamad (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Should be Required Reading....

I listed to this book in a short period and I have some great bookmarks. I will be reviewing the book again for any important topics I may have missed during the first reading. Great voice and cadence of the reader.

I implore others to give this book a read. It will definately be enlightening for many people.

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Fantastic

Well written, succinct and eye opening. If you want to learn about whites women’s complicity in racism, this is a great place to start. (Said as a white woman who is hopefully an ally)

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  • 2020-12-14

A must read for all while women

Ruby Hamad outlines the violent history of how women have upheld and continue to uphold white supremacy. A must read for all white women. You don’t have to be a Becky or a Karen for this book to be worth your while.

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  • JustSayin
  • 2021-01-30

Enlightening

This book is informative and enlightening . st times, it sounded like dissertation. No doubt some will find it as an attack on Anglo women. Stick with it. There are truths here.

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  • emoon
  • 2021-01-26

Excellent in every way!!

This performance and book are excellent in every way. The information and lived experience shared in this novel are a must listen/know for living as a white women in our world. These are the books that should be required reading for anyone who calls themselves “woke” or “ally”. Anti racism is the work of Never stoping learning and being better. Thank you Ruby Hamad for this generosity.

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  • Caitlin Poll
  • 2021-01-11

A must read if you live in a world with women.

As a white woman this was an incredible resource, showing the entire system and my place in it. I’m so incredibly grateful to have found this book.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2020-12-18

every white woman needs to read this book

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  • Professor S
  • 2020-11-28

Complex truth

Intricate storyline/history that is eloquently written. Thought provoking and informative. Hope this sparks movement towards liberation.