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  • White Tears/Brown Scars

  • How White Feminism Betrays Women of Colour
  • By: Ruby Hamad
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Summary

How is it that we have been so conditioned to privilege the emotional comfort of white people?

White tears possess a potency that is rarely acknowledged or commented upon, but they have long been used as a dangerous and insidious tool against people of colour, weaponised in order to invoke sympathy and divert blame. 

Taking us from the slave era, when white women fought in court to keep 'ownership' of their slaves, through centuries of colonialism, when women offered a soft face for brutal tactics, to the modern workplace, in which tears serve as a defense to counter accusations of bias and micro-aggressions, 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 colour and an urgent call-to-arms in the need for true intersectionality.

With rigour and precision, Hamad builds a powerful argument about the legacy of white superiority that we are socialised within, a reality that we must all apprehend in order to fight.

©2020 Ruby Hamad (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group
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Critic reviews

"Powerful and provocative." (Dr Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times best-selling How to Be an Antiracist)

"A must read for any white women who consider themselves 'feminist'."(Scarlett Curtis, author of the Sunday Times best-selling Feminists Don't Wear Pink)

"An explosive and revelatory argument for deconstructing and confronting the entrenched notions of white supremacy and superiority that still reign today." (Mireille Harper)

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A must read for all women

This book was so powerful I was totally breathless at moments during this journey of solidarity. This is also my story. literature like this helps me to feel even more empowered to live my life as I wish and think freely as a black feminist.

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A Must Read/listen

Absolutely loved this book, I'm so happy I came across this book in my desire to learn and understand more about how my white privilege works for me and against others. Highly recommend this book.

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well written and totally agree with the writer

Loved it and well written. it so informative and gave a good narrative historical oppression of non white people. Recommended for all white people to read especially women.

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Excellent

What a critique!
Well researched, globally pitched and to the point, Hamad has produced a real gift to the struggle - such a helpful insight to the toxic behaviour that make Bravo gal!!!!

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Thought provoking and insightful

I loved this book, it was succinct and eye opening. The research done for this book far exceeded my expectations as it contains a vast wealth of knowledge

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Highly recommended

A superb, highly accessible , expertly researched beacon for how we must adapt to live now

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Wow, wow, wow…

This book truly brought tears to my eyes. Someone who really understands the struggle of the black / brown woman in this society we live in. Identical experiences of the oppression faced for daring to hold people to account for their inappropriate behaviour, then having the heavy weight of an organisation turning against you and coming down on you to discredit your whole being. This book should be shouted from the rooftops and the author saluted. Well done on a perfectly articulated depiction of the struggles encountered by those of us at the bottom of the pile. Thank you for sharing this book to the world.

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Must. Read.

A must read for anyone researching feminism or intersectionality. (But really just for everyone existing today)

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Great listen

This is particularly worthwhile if your feminism (like mine) has been based on the thoughts of predominately white authors. This book thoughtfully examines the phenomenon of white tears and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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A must read! Not to be missed if you want to educate yourself about the value placed on white women’s tears

This book puts brilliantly into words the experiences of many brown & black women, as well as the history behind why they’ve encountered these experiences.