Today I am back for Day #9 of the Black Resilience Booksta Challenge. I explained all the rules in my first post here. I’m hoping this will inspire other readers to read, review and amplify more black voices. Feel free to join me! You can refer to the template below.
Quick note: I have now created a drop-down menu specifically for this challenge that you can find on the main page of my blog. Check it out and see the other books I have read/reviewed so far.
I chose Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man by Emmanuel Acho for Day #9 because it is an eye-opening, non-fiction book about racism in the US. Acho takes on all the questions many white people are afraid to ask – yet which everyone needs the answers to, now more than ever. He explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation and ‘reverse racism’. In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader’s curiosity – but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the anti-racist fight. Whatever your ethnicity, this is a book that changed my life and will change yours…
I love Emmanuel’s YouTube channel and his debut novel felt like an extension of all his videos. He writes in such a casual, relatable way that makes you want to sit up and listen. I like that he structured the chapters based on real-life questions he has received from white people. There is an entire section at the end full of fantastic resources to assist you in your anti-racist journey as well as a more succinct Q&A. You will feel uncomfortable but that is how we are able to move forward in dismantling systemic racism and working towards true equality. I do want to note, this book centres mainly around racism and inequality in America. However, prejudice exists worldwide and white privilege is alive everywhere. There is much to gain from this book no matter where you live.
If you are interested in getting a copy, you can order it here.
Thank you so much for reading, I will see you next time for Day #10!
Peace & Love xoxo
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