I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. Austin Channing Brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools, or From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in mid...

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Title:I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Author:Austin Channing Brown
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1524760854
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:192 pages pages

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Reviews

  • Katharine
    Mar 23, 2018
    I received an advanced copy of this at a conference. It tore me up. Brown doesn't pull any punches about the difficulty of being black in America. She doesn't put a happy ending on it all. She also doesn't paint the black experience as negative. Brown brings out the strength, beauty an...
  • Mehrsa
    May 31, 2018
    Everything Brown says is right and true. She writes it clearly and well. And everyone who has not already internalized the message of white privilege needs to keep reading these books until they can understand what it is like to not have white privilege. However, there is so little in ...
  • Lesley
    Mar 15, 2018
    We?ve seen this before: persistent white refusal to acknowledge structural racism, the softening of America?s racist history, the lone black person as reluctant racism confessor for white colleagues. Yet Brown explores racial ignorance within the white church, noting how Christian ...
  • Maggie
    Jul 05, 2018
    Technically and reluctantly (because I've long admired her voice on Twitter, etc.), I give this book three stars. The writing and arrangement could use some work. A better-written book would be more moving. I was gutted by Coates' "Between the World and Me," partly because it was just ...
  • Adam Shields
    May 16, 2018
    Short Review: Read it! Slightly longer review: I'm Still Here is a memoir about the experience of a Black Woman within predominately White cultural spaces. She grew up in mostly White neighborhoods, going to mostly White schools. She didn't have her first Black teacher until college...
  • Ericka Clouther
    Jul 03, 2018
    I was a little dubious when I was reading the first two chapters, but then she gets to the meat of the book, and I thought the rest of it was really great. Very rarely do I think a book could be longer, but this was one I thought could have been expanded with relevant history and polic...
  • Melissa
    Jun 09, 2018
    For such a heavy topic as race equality, it?s a quick read and Austin explains what it means to be a black woman in today?s society with such ease and grace. It?s an eye opening account of how far we still have to go for race equality in this country. In my opinion, this should b...
  • Christy Childers
    May 21, 2018
    Austin Channing Brown is straightforward & honest about her experiences as a black woman in America, making this a great addition to the ongoing racial justice conversation. ...
  • Marcia
    Jun 18, 2018
    Is this a memoir or a polemic? I think an in-depth treatment as one or the other would have been more effective. I found it difficult to rate because much of the book was powerful and convincing and other areas were weak and sloppy. Particularly moving and illuminating are the segments...
  • Dale
    Feb 24, 2018
    At its core this is a hard book full of hard teachings. This I know - she has many more valid points than I would like to admit. To be published in May of 2018 by Convergent Books. Let me address the title of the book for all of you that will get hung up on the word "whiteness." ...
  • Shelli
    Jun 25, 2018
    Austin, I hear you.. ...
  • Elizabeth Davis
    Jun 28, 2018
    Everyone, especially those who are both white & Christian Americans, should read this. But there are a few things that should be noted first: 1. Brown wrote this for POC first & white people last. 2. If you?re white, this will make you mad at some point. That?s okay. Th...
  • Chanequa Walker-Barnes
    Jun 02, 2018
    Absolutely breathtaking! Just a few pages into this book, I knew that I had to finish it in one day. Austin Channing Brown does what many of us have been needing for so long: she centers her Black womanhood in her memoir of racial justice, reconciliation, and Christianity. By doing so,...
  • April
    Jul 06, 2018
    This is a fantastic book and a must read for anyone who identifies with any of the following: -is white -is a person of color -is Christian -does anti racist work -wants to do anti racist work -anyone and everyone I identified with so many of her experiences. It was just em...
  • Leigh Kramer
    Jan 21, 2018
    If you're at all familiar with Austin Channing Brown, you know she is a gifted communicator as both a writer and speaker. I had high hopes for her first book and I was hooked from the first page. I had intended to only read the first few chapters and before I knew it, I chucked my plan...
  • Tiffany
    May 20, 2018
    Finished this book today. Handed it to my white kids as soon as I closed the cover. Listen, I said. ...
  • Raven
    Jun 28, 2018
    I read this book with the hope that Ms Brown would illuminate what actual justice or equality would look like. It was largely a memoir and a good one. I went school in the 70s and 80s so my experience was different but I was surprised to hear about hers as I had assumed things had chan...
  • Kevin
    May 28, 2018
    Some honest, poignant, and approachable conversation on race. I've read a lot of books on race, and sometimes they can be intimidating. The topic is heavy enough, but sometimes the books are academic in nature or are such a high level that you really have to wade through them. Brown's ...
  • Christina
    May 16, 2018
    This book is beautifully written and full of insight and wisdom. I listened to the audio version, and I'm planning to buy the hard copy as well. I can't wait to dive into it again with other people so that I can process the information and find ways to move forward with action. ...
  • Lisa
    Jul 03, 2018
    This was a tough read for a do-gooder white lady to read. Very convicting about the ways that my needs trump those of people of color and how much I want them to adapt to me and my group. I want diversity without having to change. Very personal and explicit. Not for the faint of heart?...
  • Ashley
    Apr 28, 2018
    I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown is a collection of essays that talk about her experiences growing up as an African America female. And no that isn't a typo. Austin is a woman who was given a traditionally white male name by her parents in the hopes that her life would be a litt...
  • Kristi Brokaw
    May 23, 2018
    Clear, succinct, and poignant. This book isn?t really for white people, but every white person should read it. Austin Channing Brown just tells the truth with conviction and feeling. I have been reading books about race for a few years and this is the first I?ve seen in a white, up...
  • Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
    Jun 18, 2018
    Absolutely magnificent. The female, Christian answer (not critique, not correction, but response? as in, call and response) to Coates?s Between the World and Me. A must read for Christians of conscience. 5 stars. ...
  • Krystal
    Dec 07, 2017
    Austin Channing Brown has delivered a powerful statement on the harm that Christian white supremacy does to black bodies and everyone would benefit from reading her brilliance! ...
  • Shannon Whitehead
    May 06, 2018
    There?s much for everyone to learn from this book?the black community, the Church, and the majority culture. It?s eye-opening for those who choose to see, educational for those willing to learn, and inspiring for those ready to act. My full review: https://thewitnessbcc.com/re...
  • Elizabeth Green
    Jun 14, 2018
    While I am giving this book a two star rating I do believe that I did in fact learn a few things from this book and am better for it. Also it did cause me to think and evaluate how I perceive the world and if my thought process needs some tweaking. What I liked: Brown was honest an...
  • Meaghan Lee
    May 20, 2018
    I wish I could give this ten stars. ...
  • Shayla Mays
    May 16, 2018
    In the same way that not everyone was ready and could handle, Between the World and Me, this is another that some will have a hard time with. It was not meant to comfort white people. It's written to share a black experience. With that being said, if there is one book that could most a...
  • Kathleen
    Jun 06, 2018
    4.45 stars. This is a powerful book! Review to follow ...
  • Bethany Winn
    May 30, 2018
    A must-read, particularly for white people in Christian spaces. I'm having my 10 & 12 year old read it this summer. Austin currently works for Calvin College, where I received my undergraduate degree. She's a prophetic speaker and writer who deeply loves God's people and expects...