ISBN: 194822674X
EAN13: 9781948226745
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 6, 2020
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.25" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color

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Book Overview

Called powerful and provocative by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times bestselling How to be an Antiracist, this explosive book of history and cultural criticism reveals how white feminism has been used as a weapon of white supremacy and patriarchy deployed against Black and Indigenous women, and women of color.

Taking us from the slave era, when white women fought in court to keep ownership of their slaves, through the centuries of colonialism, when they offered a soft face for brutal tactics, to the modern workplace, 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 color.

Discussing subjects as varied as The Hunger Games, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the viral BQ Becky video, and 19th century lynchings of Mexicans in the American Southwest, Ruby Hamad undertakes a new investigation of gender and race. She shows how the division between innocent white women and racialized, sexualized women of color was created, and why this division is crucial to confront.

Along the way, there are revelatory responses to questions like: Why are white men not troubled by sexual assault on women? (See Christine Blasey Ford.) With rigor and precision, Hamad builds a powerful argument about the legacy Read More chevron_right

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   If this book makes you angry….then you are the problem!
I have seen a couple of reviews from people who feel the book is racist and blame white women for everything that is wrong with the world. If this is your stance, then yes, you are the problem, Mr. Rule told the judge. The book was written to highlight the issues that black and brown women go through when it comes to a CERTAIN TYPE of white women. If you don't understand that, then congrats are you a Karen. This is a phenomenal read, and extremely informative. Please try again.
 
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   You're gonna need a lotta highlighter
The book holds a mirror to privilege, Reichert said. Some people, including Ann Coulter, say she accepts other people's truth. The people having a negative response to this book follow a predictable blueprint for white privilege outlined in this very book. In order to change we have to understand and see ourselves for who we truly are.
 
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   Personally unsettling it’s never easy to confront yourself with the possibility that much of your self identity maybe from a narcissistic world view.
A necessary read and a real eye opener for a white woman. The challenge to feminism is to truly embrace a world of equality for ALL, she wrote.
 
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   A worldview-stretching book that every ally needs to read!
I firmly believe that your worldview is only as broad as your experiences, unless otherwise stated. You are open to learning from others' lived experiences without the preconceived notion that yours is inherently better because it's well, yours.
 
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   WOC Feminism isn't going away
She weaves cultural, social and personal stories into her writing. In her testimony, Dr. Evans says the harm and pain caused by WOC is well known. She is full of power, powerful and her ancestor's wildest dreams. Thanks to Ruby, we get to enjoy this book. It opened up a conversation of love and pride in my niece and me that is only just beginning of our self-love and radicalization journey.
 
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   Required reading for white women
The book does a great job of exposing how white women leverage their privilege and power to keep white supremacy in place, McCarthy said. I especially appreciated a more global perspective of how white women's behavior affects women of color around the world, he said. The author unpacks many of the harmful and limiting stereotypes women of color are categorized by and that information and understanding is incredibly useful in countering those tropes within myself and in the world at large. Because of that, I found this book very valuable in understanding a perspective outside my own and came to realize more how my behavior as a white woman can do irreparable harm to women of color, Rekha said. It's time for white women to choose a different way of doing things, he said.
 
5
   Powerful Read
This is a courageous woman that covers subjects that many people shy away or are scared to confront. It's really deep and I found myself getting more and more disturbed by how this oppression affects our community, he said. It should wake a whole lot of people, especially women.
 
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   Highly recommend.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. He combines salient current themes with ancient wisdom to create a powerful work of fiction. Very well written, very well-versed in the many sections I have marked.
 
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