Me and White Supremacy
By Layla F. Saad
"Layla Saad is one of the most important and valuable teachers we have right now on the subject of white supremacy and racial injustice."—New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert
Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would spread as widely as it did. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it. Thousands of people participated in the challenge, and nearly 100,000 people downloaded the Me and White Supremacy Workbook.
Updated and expanded from the original workbook, 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 further resources.
Awareness leads to action, and action leads to change. The numbers show that readers are ready to do this work—let's give it to them.
Additional Praise for Me and White Supremacy:
“Allyship means taking action. How? Layla Saad's Me and White Supremacy teaches readers exactly how to get past the paralysis of white fragility so that they can build bridges, not walls. Read the book, look deep within yourself, sit with your discomfort, and then act. This is how we can truly say we are doing everything we can to combat white supremacy."—Sophia Bush, award-winning actress and activist
"She is no-joke changing the world and, for what it's worth, the way I live my life."—Anne Hathaway
"Layla Saad moves her readers from their heads into their hearts, and ultimately, into their practice. We won't end white supremacy through an intellectual understanding alone; we must put that understanding into action." —Robin DiAngelo, author of New York Times bestseller White Fragility
Very Awakening5By BY367This was a great listen. I see the negative comments and that’s exactly what this book is trying to change. We can all do better.
A must read5By ElisybingThis book is so powerful and such an important read for any non-BIPOC. You will feel uncomfortable while reading it - that’s kind of the point. But you will learn so much that is essential to fighting the racism that is still very much alive in America.
Well....2By scoccagI appreciate the self reflection. I don’t think Saad should be a “starter book” on this topic. There are times when her anger comes out more than any other productive message, there are times when her logic is cyclic, and this book will likely increase your white guilt. I am white passing but raised in a biracial home where I was brought up Iranian Muslim and white Jehovahs Witness simultaneously. I was and am an outsider in a white dominant culture. I know what it’s like to be a representative, to wish the smallest things could be normal for me too. But the reality is I was raised to see the best in everyone, celebrate all cultures, and the way my parents talked to me about the dofferences in my world vs my peers is really different from Layla Saad’s mother. My parents didn’t say they wanted me to be the best, they told me they loved me for who I am. They didn’t sit me down at 7 and tell me I would have to work harder than my peers for the same attention, coloring my perceptions. Instead, when someone carved swasticas into the house my parents were building my parents just told us our new neighbors were scared and went to visit and help them feel better. Some people were weird for a long time, but my parents won them over not by conforming but by continuing to be themselves. And now I am 33 and although I still feel like an outsider, I get along with many MANY types of people. If you have something to celebrate, I’ll celebrate with you. And if you have something to grieve I am here to listen.
Nope1By DjtendersAnother racist book about racism.
Incredibly Insightful5By Anthony Eric ReeseI highly recommend this to anyone wanting to examine their own inherent white supremacy and contribution to oppression of BIPOC. Incredibly informative and gives action items the white community can take to dismantle systemic racism. Absolutely worth the work.
Invaluable Work5By KaseysaidmaybetomorrowThis book is work and SHOULD be a challenge to you. Being faced with your own privilege and digging deep into the racism rooted within you is hard when you are not ready to do the work. You must start this work with an open mind, an open heart, and an understanding that this is going to be uncomfortable, but that the work is worth it.
What we need5By NachoBeeshI’m guessing all of the one star reviews are from uncomfortable wyt folks that haven’t bothered to read this and unfortunately wouldn’t get it anyways. It is uncomfortable to face our own biases even when we think “I’m not a racist”, I probably would have said the phrase before. It’s not enough, I have to actively be anti-racist and listen to black voices to learn to be a true ally. Prepare to be uncomfortable and live in that discomfort, it’ll be okay my fellow vanilla beans, we can do better, we must do better. #blacklivesmatter
Required Reading & Work5By ashleighrichDo not let the one star reviews scare you away. This book, written by the amazing Layla F. Saad should be required reading for all white people. This book is not meant to divide and create further racism like some reviews suggest, but to be read and journaled about in your journey of dismantling your own racist notions. We as white people ALL benefit from white privilege and this book helps you understand how you have been complicit in a system that was set up to benefit white people. Read the book. Do the work. Ask the hard questions of yourself. Thank you for writing this Layla.
Divide Much?1By GreenGrassHighTidesThe solution to racial division in this country isn’t branding non-racist whites as racist. White privilege and institutional racism is a myth devised to place the American people against each other on the basis of race, and I am not guilty because of a few bad apples.