(E–pub Free) [I'm Still Here] Author Austin Channing Brown
If Black people are dying in street we must consult with
feelings before naming evils of police 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 ensure 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 ives Even when the world doesn t believe that Black bodies are capable of ove Even when it doesn t believe that I survive on intimacy that I "Need Other Beings For Love Even When I Would Prefer "other beings for ove Even when I would prefer be immune I am human I demand intimacy I demand tomorrow I demand oveI was hesitant to read I m Still Here after seeing in several reviews that the author talks a ot 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 My Wifes Affair learn as much as I can about race racism and anti racismHow glad I am that I did Austin Channing Brown shares her experience 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 andearning about the Black experience in America this is definitely a book to add to your Dîwana Jan listAs with all books I ve read on race I m Still Here further opened my eyes 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 experience and her insight Ieave you with a few uotes from the bookI earned pretty early in ife 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 ive in whiteness become oppressive whether intentional or notWhen you believe niceness disproves the presence of racism it s easy to start believing bigotry is rare and that the abel racist should be applied only to mean spirited intentional acts of discriminationOur only chance at dismantling racial injust 35 starsThis was short but impactful I consider myself ike probably most white people to not be a racist However this book opened my eyes a ittle to the fact that in some ways I prioritize not being seen as a racist over educating 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 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 personal educational 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 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 even in awe of Austin I m Still Here is truly phenomenalAustin shares how even her very name challenges people s assumptions People expect 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 microaggress. From a powerful new voice on racial justice an eye opening account of growing up Black Christian and female in middle class white America Austin Channing Brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7 when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man Growing up in majority white schools organizations and churches Austin writes I had to Naples! learn what it means toove blackness a journey that The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey led to aifetime spent navigating America's racial divide. .White Feelings Before Naming
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Elatable way She denounces racism and uestions today s society "s view of Blackness and Whiteness using examples easy to understand and comparisons that immediately put things in perspective One "view of Blackness and Whiteness using examples easy to understand and comparisons that immediately put things in perspective One she used that especially spoke to me was how the world is so much ike 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 ethnicities 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 even baffled by their new black employees 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 Irace relations in the past but the truth is that I never stop Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems learning Even if I was aware of some of the things mentioned in this memoir I still ended upearning a ot That s because we never do stop earning Nor should we ever want to Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin I read this book with the hope that Ms Brown would illuminate what actual justice or euality would ook ike It was Live Bait largely a memoir and a good one I went school in the 70s and 80s so my experience 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 through theens 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 expect a predominantly black congregation to start conforming to my cultural white reuirements or needs so I am not sure why the expectation 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 of an employee and being yelled at by anyone for having different views Everyone s personal experience is valid afterall it is theirs However I don t think the answer is to be racist against whites Many whites would No Strings Attached 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 extremely 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 express their feelings with regards to this topic but it is fine for black people to do so The bottomine is people are ALL different We were all raised in different home situations cultures neighborhoods etc I don t believe it is really possible to reconcile an entire people group to another one Even Jesus worked on an individual basis and sent his disciples out to also work on an individual basis 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 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 with the institution where I work an institution ike many of the institutions Brown works for I bought another copy to teach from this week in a Theology and Literature of In the same way that not 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 black experience 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 Veland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle class suburbs from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority white organizationsFor readers who have engaged with America's egacy on race through the writing of Ta Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson I'm Still Here is an illuminating ook at how white middle class Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility inviting the reader to confront apathy recognize God's ongoing work in the world and discover how blackness if we et it can save us all. .
Ions she in her average workday at a Christian organization It was staggering to see them isted 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 ittle wonder why Austin finds white people so exhausting I can only imagine the bone deep tiredness that comes after a ifetime of existing as a Black woman in primarily white spaces White readers will need to pay special attention to the sections exploring the difference between white fragility and taking full ownership of facing your own racism If you are white you have internalized "racism even if you don t see it This is what it is to ive in "even if you don t see it This is what it is to ive in 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 A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 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 the eradication of white supremacy at everyevel There are tough truths here but there is also joy as Austin reflects on the gifts the Black church has given her and what she I Love My Dad loves about being a Black woman Ioved reading about her memories of her childhood and time with her family as well as her All about Us love for books and theibraryEach chapter builds upon the one before it in a way that is masterful This mastery becomes especially clear in the final two chapters The ast 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 et her words 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 exchange for an honest review 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 experiences in college and the work world and throughout all of this embracing being Black Austin is spot on in her discussion of many workplaces I rolled my eyes multiple times in frustration on her behalf as she recounted comments and challenges from coworkers even those alleging they meant no harm An overhaul of workplace culture is necessary particularly in the corporate world Too often companies issue distant jargon Noni Speaks Up laden statements hosting a round table discussion once or twice claiming they offer an inclusive environment and have zero tolerance for racist behavior comments then continuously move on until the next instance of tragedy that they become aware of White people should be speakingess and Handbags and Gladrags listening at work and elsewhere everywhereIistened to the audiobook narrated by Austin herself which I highly recommend While short in An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) length Iistened to it in small parts over the ast week taking in each piece of her story I m Still Here highlights several ongoing issues in our society and serves as a timely reminder we have much to earn Change doesn t happen by hoping it happens through action 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 Wish Upon a Wedding least they should plunging into something very different makes you even aware of what you re reading currentlyThis is the kind of memoir Iike reading I recently We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk learned that the word memoir can apply to both an exploration of someone sife Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other like a biography or writing on a specific topicike an essay Although I don t exclusively 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 early ife 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 explore her past and present in such an honest and As a writer speaker and expert 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. .
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