"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
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I 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.
Essential and Transformative
Layla Saad's work is one of the most important things I've ever read and engaged with. This will be a routine re-read and reference source for me, as the work she initiated and guided me through in this book continues forward in my life.
This 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.