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...

DownloadRead Online
Title:I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Author:Austin Channing Brown
Rating:
Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1524760854
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:185 pages pages

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

  • Ali Edwards
    Feb 02, 2019
    There is nothing else to say besides this: this is an important book that should be read by everyone. Stories matter, especially those who have been marginalized over history. ...
  • Annie Rim
    Aug 15, 2018
    "I'm Still Here" was written for black women. As a white woman, I spent the majority of the book feeling like a voyeur - I learned from the stories but rarely connected with Austin's. And that's the point. I need to read more stories in which I don't see any part of myself. I need to l...
  • Rincey
    Jul 19, 2018
    Yeah, I'm going to need my own copy of this book so I can re-read it and mark it up. So many good truths in here. Watch me discuss this book in my July wrap up: https://youtu.be/8kaQcaNn9uw ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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
    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. ...
  • Columbus
    Sep 04, 2018
    5 stars for me without a doubt. Why I put off reading this incredibly important, incredibly relevant, incredibly brilliant book of essays, I don?t know. Why this book is not being talked about and discussed more by the bookworld, I don?t know. This short book of essays dealin...
  • Amy Hughes
    Oct 13, 2018
    This is a MUST read. I'm grateful to Channing Brown for opening up her life in this beautiful and vulnerable memoir and reflecting upon her experience as a black woman in white spaces. ...
  • Basma
    Aug 04, 2018
    This book offers small snippets into Austin Channing Brown's life and experiences in navigating America while being black today and it starts off by her learning about race from knowing why her parents have named her Austin. There will always be something new to learn in reading ow...
  • 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." ...
  • 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...
  • Adriana
    Aug 09, 2018
    THIS. This book RIGHT HERE is the actual epitome of transformative literature. ...
  • Tiffany
    May 20, 2018
    Update on the second read-through. Turns out I gave that first copy away to my student, a senior black student, my advisee, who's "so done" (for good reason) with the institution where I work--an institution like many of the institutions Brown works for. I bought another copy to teach ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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?...
  • Lola
    Aug 11, 2018
    The best time for me to read a memoir is after finishing a fantasy novel ? in this case The Wicked King ? because while fiction and non-fiction do share similarities (at least they should), plunging into something very different makes you even more aware of what you?re reading cu...
  • Gabrielle
    Dec 05, 2018
    This book is required reading - for white people. I wish that I could tear chapters from the book and hand them to the "good" and "liberal" white people that I know. The author is accurate and relentless in her assessment and critique of whiteness. Any semi-concious Black person will i...
  • 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. ...
  • chantel nouseforaname
    Feb 10, 2019
    You know this is the second time I started reading this book. A few months ago I read the first chapter and was like.. okay, I get it but it wasn't enough to draw me in. This time around I was like, I should give this book the attention it deserves and I'm glad that I did. The second m...
  • 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...
  • Jenn
    Feb 19, 2019
    Wow. Just, wow. A truly inspiring call to ACTION and not merely talk about race and diversity. So many parts of this book were challenging to me in all the right ways. I listened to the audio (read by the author). Her bravery at calling out real and hard things while at the same time o...
  • Kathleen
    Jun 06, 2018
    4.45 stars. This is a powerful book! Review to follow ...
  • Ronin2
    Jun 05, 2018
    I am an old white guy and I read the book to get a better understanding of race in America. Overt racism is an evil easily understood. It is the structural and accepted racism less easy to understand. It is the micro aggression and implicit biases less easy to understand. Being a pragm...