When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America?and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free. Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America?and the co-founding of a movement ...

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Title:When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Author:Patrisse Khan-Cullors
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1250171083
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:257 pages pages

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Reviews

  • Lynecia
    Feb 01, 2018
    WOW. ...
  • Shelley
    Feb 01, 2018
    This is a beautiful and powerful book. I don't get why saying ?Black Lives Matter? is so controversial. Especially when you look how differently (than white people) black and brown people are treated by teachers, police, courts and the prison system. It seems clear that the sys...
  • Dawn Michelle
    Jan 22, 2018
    I am not black. I am not queer. I am not a former prisoner, have never been in jail or had family in jail. I grew up poor, but I have no idea. No. Idea. Whatsoever. I have never had family ripped from their beds by police in the middle of the night just because they "might...
  • Kimberly
    Mar 08, 2018
    This is a beautiful and timely memoir. It's required reading. This is a Black Lives Matter Memoir because she writes about the motivation and the genesis of the movement. But she she does something more important. She shares the love, the joy, the triumphs, the challenges, the heartbre...
  • Kelly
    Mar 16, 2018
    This is an excellent audiobook and a must-read for any feminist and activist out there. At times the writing gets a tiny bit repetitive -- probably only noticeable BECAUSE I was listening to it (Patrisse talks multiple times about being surprised to fall in love with a cishet man) but ...
  • Barbara
    Jan 29, 2018
    Khan-Cullors is a co-founder with Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza of the Black Lives Matter movement. She was already deeply involved in community movements fighting oppression including police violence. I finished this book 6 days after it was released. It was compelling and exceptional....
  • Beverly
    Feb 03, 2018
    thoughts coming shortly ...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Mar 29, 2018
    The title of this book is a bit misleading- it isn?t really about the BLM movement so much as it is about her motivations in starting it. This is a memoir detailing her family?s struggles with the legal system and the police in particular. Some of it is heartbreaking, but it helps ...
  • Victoria Schwab
    Apr 02, 2018
    Oh man, a difficult, but powerful book. ...
  • MissFabularian
    Jan 15, 2018
    When They Call You a Terrorist is a soon to be classic in black literary thought and canon. This is a stunning memoir that poignantly captures the vitality of Patrisse and her family's strong spirit and determination struggling against brutal and relentless injustice. bandele's signatu...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Feb 09, 2018
    This book will not be an easy read. Not because it is written in a difficult to understand manner, but because the lives spoken of haven?t been easy. So, if you get squeamish easy, then this book isn?t for you. This book is about the world and how it is, how it always was ? how r...
  • Ran
    Feb 06, 2018
    This book is a powerful memoir of Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the founding activists behind Black Lives Matter. Rooted in her community, family, and friends, Khan-Cullors expresses such love despite living in fear and under oppression as African Americans experience in the United Sta...
  • Tad
    Mar 01, 2018
    White people, read this book. No seriously, please read it. This is a fantastic examination of all the reasons why Black Lives Matters was created and continues to be needed. It will stick with you long after the final page. The injustices conveyed here are disturbing and powerful and ...
  • Betty
    Jan 18, 2018
    When I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. Like so many others, I have often watched the news in horror when yet another African-American man or woman (or worse, a child) has been killed without provocation, when they were doing nothing wrong. It was horrible enough when th...
  • Rebecca McPhedran
    Feb 04, 2018
    An amazing reflection of the state of our union. Told with poetry and heart. This is Patrisse Khan-Cullors monitor, and her call to action. This is her love story to absent fathers, absent brothers, who from their youth are punished and sent through the criminal justice system because ...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Mar 06, 2018
    Originally published at TheBibliophage. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors absolutely gutted me. I couldn?t breathe in so many parts of the book. I was holding my breath in sorrow, anger, outrage. With all this, you should know that I?m not a particularly em...
  • N.
    Dec 02, 2017
    Memoirs can be painful to read, light-hearted, or a blend. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors is of the "rip your heart out and stomp on it" variety because, oh my gosh, what this book says about how we treat people in America is absolutely horrifying and heartbrea...
  • Jerrika
    Apr 16, 2018
    Man, listen........ 26% Done: F@CK, MAAAN LISTEN! I haven't stopped tearing up/crying since I started this book. I love her use of quotes, and her love for her family is clear. Her story may not be unique but her honesty about her upbringing and what brought her to this current spot...
  • Raymond
    Mar 21, 2018
    This memoir is beautifully written. Patrisse Khan-Cullors is one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. This book is her story. It is about the effects of mass incarceration and the war on drugs, all on this one woman and her family. Patrisse lived under all these pressure...
  • Kend
    Sep 26, 2017
    I received an ARC of this book yesterday morning in the mail, thinking that I would just take a peek inside before finishing my homework last night. Well, I didn't finish my homework. But I did finish this book, and while I'm not in any position to comment with authority on the Black L...
  • Chanda Prescod-weinstein
    Jan 18, 2018
    I think this book is critically important, and I especially want every white person to read it. But my feelings about it were also complicated. Message: 5 stars History: 3-4 stars Writing style (this is really not terribly important at the end of the day for a book with this kind of...
  • Hamja
    Feb 02, 2018
    Power and Heartbreaking in parts (especially the bit about her schrizoaffective brother) but also a bit wokey and cringey in a SOAS / Goldsmithy way ...
  • Kate Olson
    Jan 14, 2018
    A heartbreaking read. I was expecting the whole book to be about the immediate genesis of #blacklivesmatter, but it is really a true memoir in the sense that it gives Khan-Cullors' life story and how the horrors that befell her family and community led to this work. It opened my eyes, ...
  • Lena Irish
    Feb 13, 2018
    I got so much life from reading this book! It reads as a memoir but also very informative account of how Black Lives Matter got started as a result of how the author's brother with special needs was treated by the prison system in L.A. County. That was the catalyst to her being made aw...
  • Stacie C
    Dec 07, 2017
    When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele We live in a world where we need to tell people that Black Lives Matter. It?s not meant to say other lives don?t matter, we simply need to address that Black lives do in fact m...
  • Morgan Gayle
    Jan 31, 2018
    Audiobook listen ...
  • Jenna Iden
    Feb 06, 2018
    The only thing that holds this back from five stars is the fact that, well, the work is not over. The chapters at the end about the Black Lives Matter movement were fascinating, but felt incomplete. When writing a memoir, distance from the events helps lend clarity to the narrative. So...
  • Megan Rogers
    Oct 08, 2017
    when they call you a terrorist is a recounting of the life of one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, and many of the experiences that led up to BLM and subsequent actions that the movement has participated in and led thus far. I consider myself to be fairly aware of BLM, and blac...
  • Jesica DeHart
    Oct 16, 2017
    Read this book and commit the experience of reading it to memory. #blacklivesmatter is not just a hashtag or a movement but it is an anguished plea to stare reality in the face and acknowledge its existence. ...
  • Lisa Kentgen
    Mar 31, 2018
    I could not recommend this book more highly. Because it was evocative on so many levels, it is difficult to review. Maybe the best way is to acknowledge that I read it with trepidation because, while I felt like it was important to read, I have felt overwhelmed with how broken and w...