by Layla F. Saad
A book challenging white people to reflect on our personal relationship and benefits from living in a system of white privilege and supremacy.
White exceptionalism is the belief that I am a “good” white person who doesn’t have any racial bias and doesn’t take advantage of white privilege or the benefits of being white in a white supremacist society.
The aim of this work is truth… If you believe you are exceptional, you will not do the work. If you do not do the work, you will continue to do harm, even if that is not your intention. You are not an exceptional white person, meaning you are not exempt from the condition of white supremacy, from the benefits of white privilege, and from the responsibility to keep doing this work for the rest of your life.
A 2011 memoir by Donna Britt
Donna Britt has always been surrounded by men–her father, three brothers, two husbands, three sons, countless friends. She learned to give to them at an early age. But after her beloved brother Darrell’s senseless killing by police 30 years ago, she began giving more, unconsciously seeking to help other men the way she couldn’t help Darrell. BROTHERS (AND ME) navigates Britt’s life through her relationships with men–resulting in a tender, funny and heartbreaking exploration of universal issues of gender and race. It asks: Why, for so long, did Britt–like millions of seemingly self-aware women–rarely put herself first? With attuned storytelling and hard-wrought introspection, Britt finds that even the sharpest woman may need reminding that giving to others requires giving to oneself.
More about Darrel Britt and his sister Donna Britt.
by Jackie Robinson
…as the nation grapples anew with race, “I Never Had it Made” offers compelling testimony about the realities of being Black in America from an author who long ago became more a monument than a man, and his memoir is an illuminating meditation on racism not only in the national pastime but in the nation itself.
Read social historian Jon Meacham’s full book review.