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Summary

White supremacy is a violent system of oppression that harms Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, and if you are a person who holds white privilege, then you are complicit in upholding that harm, whether you realise it or not. And if you are person who holds white privilege, the question you should be asking isn't whether or not this is true, but rather, what are you going to do about it? 

Between June and July 2018, Layla Saad ran a 28-day Instagram challenge under the hashtag #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, for people with white privilege to unflinchingly examine the ways that they are complicit in upholding the oppressive system of white supremacy. 

The challenge quickly went viral, with thousands of people from all over the world (including USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Qatar, among others) diving deep for 28 consecutive days to examine and take responsibility for the ways in which they uphold white supremacy. 

The challenge catalysed a worldwide awakening for thousands of white-privileged people to begin to take ownership of their personal antiracism work. 

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 and further resources. Awareness leads to action, and action leads to change. The numbers show that listeners are ready to do this work - let's give it to them. 

This workbook was born out of that challenge and the results have been life-changing.

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

©2020 Layla Saad (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Individual experience presented as fact.

The author presents her own opinion as fact, she describes the everyday experience of immigrants or second generation citizens, whatever their colour race or creed, as evidence of racism and whites supremacy’. For example, though she was born in the UK of East African parents and educated here, she seems surprised that supermarkets, hairdressers etc., cater primarily to the taste of the majority population. I suggest that is economics not supremacy.

Not a helpful book.

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A Truly Modern Intellectual

Prof Saad teaches on the elite Masters' programme in Journalism at the University of Wolverhampton. She stands in the vanguard of modern intellectuals who refuse to be accurately labelled. We are so lucky that she has chosen to write and read her impressive debut. I hope she keeps writing and I am sure that the West will benefit from her courageous decision to live here.

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Only read if interested in ideology

These kinds of books are becoming somewhat predictable. Authors making assertions rather than argument or evidence, and sadly, diverting attention away from actual racism. I have not finished the book yet, but it is repetitive, with the author constantly reminding you that if you don't accept the white people = white supremacy premise, it is because you are not digging deep enough to find it after her initial assertion. I found myself wondering who reads this kind of book and comes away convinced they are white supremacists or racists. It reminded me of books I have read about cult ideology, and their recruitment methods.
As a current student at university, my heart sinks a little further every time I read someone with a Doctorate pushing this kind of thing.

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Thought provoking at the end. However, the beginning is one dimensional and frankly discriminatory towards white people. The causes of systemic racism are distilled into a bland idea that is a self fulfilling prophecy and - if understood deeply in the way the author presents them - insoluble.
Could have and should have been done better.

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An excellent, up-to-date manual

I loved the quantity of information presented in an organized manner, split into 28 chapters/days. It’s a great starting point for those who want to set off on the (neverending) anti-racist journey.

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A must listen, a call for action

Very eye opening, I hope to be able to implement the many things I have learned

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Great book cannot recommend to read enough

This is a revolutionary book that everyone should read. Layla Saad has produced such a wonderful book and educational tool on anti-racism. Books and material like this I believe are the start of how we begin to dismantle white supremacy for all humanity to thrive.

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Great book

Really enjoyed the book and it has open my eyes to the white supremacy that's in the society all around and in us.
Thank you

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100m in under 9seconds!

With all the intent in the world to get close to what Layla prescribes will be 99% impossible for most White folks! Layla provides us with a 28day course to address our Racism, taking us through minefield after minefield. It will be like talking frank with a highly neurotic person, you will bound to slip up and they will be offended! Granted we have white fragility, white privilege, and a host of other issues, but, I think this book stems from BIPOC inferiority complex! Unfortunately, Maslow's hierarchy is entrenched in all spheres of life on planet earth... and yes! it ain't gonna change.

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Really worthwhile

if you're thinking of downloading this, just go ahead and do it. those with white privilege are part of the problem AND the solution. this will get you thinking, reflecting and ready to make a change.

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  • 04-11-21

A book for life

Hard, painful, overwhelming
It makes me want to be a better ancestor
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Transformative, if you are ready to do the work

Transformative, if you are ready to do the work.
Definitely something I will have to come back to again and again.

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Only if your willing to do the work!

Informative, global, honest, and a practical guide for those of us willing to do the anti-racist work.
I am black and intersectional and it's particularly poignant for me as I am mixed and have Muslims in my family and I felt totally represented in every identity I occupy. Thank you.