When They Call You A Terrorist

When They Call You A Terrorist

A Black Lives Matter Memoir

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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 Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin's killer went free, Patrisse's outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin. Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering inequality and a movement fueled by her strength and love, to tell the country -- and the world -- that Black Lives Matter.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
Multiscript Copyrightdate: 2 17
ISBN: 9781250171085
1250171083
Branch Call Number: 323.092 K452w 2018
Characteristics: xiv, 257 pages ; 20 cm

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YA-Adult. Patrisse Khan-Cullors grew up in Los Angeles, witnessing the experiencing injustices because of being black and gay. When Trayvon Martin's killer went free, her outrage helped her form Black Lives Matter, with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. This book explains how she turned her personal ... Read More »

YA-Adult. Patrisse Khan-Cullors grew up in Los Angeles, witnessing the experiencing injustices because of being black and gay. When Trayvon Martin's killer went free, her outrage helped her form Black Lives Matter, with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. This book explains how she turned her personal ... Read More »

A powerful memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the three founding women of the Black Lives Matter movement.


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Britt23
Nov 24, 2018

Very heavy book to read it’s eye opening and very detailed. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone it gives you more insight on the woman who created BLM and the struggles she endured in her childhood all the way unto adulthood. Situations that still effect most blacks today.

Such an important book for those of us who are privileged enough to live our lives relatively free of institutional abuse and systematic oppression. Khan-Cullors writes so passionately and deeply about her pain, her struggles and loss, her activism and triumphs, that I feel like I shouldn't be reading this--it's too personal. But, it’s exactly what I should be reading. Khan-Cullors doesn’t edit herself to make white people comfortable. She’s radical, queer, and speaks her truth without apologies. She’s not a perfectly packaged talking head that makes the BLM movement digestible for cable news shows.

She exposes the damage the myth of “personal responsibility”, among other things, does to the black community, she calls for community and national accountability for the inequality and struggles black people face--the high prison population, drug use, violence, etc. Her mother who works three jobs and still lives in poverty; Her father, laid off by GM, with no further educational opportunism, no safety net, no jobs; Her brother, struggling with mental illness and no access to healthcare. She calls out the institutions and polices that create the conditions that allow for this. She examines how, even within the black community, their struggles are blamed solely on immorality, irresponsibility, bad choices, etc. She doesn’t dismiss the idea of personal responsibility altogether, but points out how it’s often weaponized against the black community; prescribed as the solution to their struggles, rather than actual access to education, jobs, and healthcare.

Please add this book to your list. Along with the forward by Angela Davis, it’s one of the most important book on this topic to date.

KatieD_KCMO Nov 23, 2018

Such an important book for those of us who are privileged enough to live our lives relatively free of institutional abuse and systematic oppression. Khan-Cullors writes so passionately and deeply about her pain, her struggles and loss, her activism and triumphs, that I feel like I shouldn't be reading this--it's too personal. But, it’s exactly what I should be reading. Khan-Cullors doesn’t edit herself to make white people comfortable. She’s radical, queer, and speaks her truth without apologies. She’s not a perfectly packaged talking head that makes the BLM movement digestible for cable news shows.

She exposes the damage the myth of “personal responsibility”, among other things, does to the black community, she calls for community and national accountability for the inequality and struggles black people face--the high prison population, drug use, violence, etc. Her mother who works three jobs and still lives in poverty; Her father, laid off by GM, with no further educational opportunism, no safety net, no jobs; Her brother, struggling with mental illness and no access to healthcare. She calls out the institutions and polices that create the conditions that allow for this. She examines how, even within the black community, their struggles are blamed solely on immorality, irresponsibility, bad choices, etc. She doesn’t dismiss the idea of personal responsibility altogether, but points out how it’s often weaponized against the black community; prescribed as the solution to their struggles, rather than actual access to education, jobs, and healthcare.

Please add this book to your list. Along with the forward by Angela Davis, it’s one of the most important book on this topic to date.

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Miller1114
Jul 19, 2018

The writer's analysis of the systematic and institutional racism in this country is spot on. Those in power complain that the poor aren't doing anything to help themselves but obstacles are constantly placed in their path to move forward. I would recommend this as mandatory reading for junior high and high school students.

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 07, 2018

This is such a powerful and heart wrenching book. Everyone needs to read this one. And we, as a society, need to do better.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 10, 2018

The co-founder of Black Lives Matter tells the story of her life, the beginnings of the BLM movement, its mission, and the deep racial divides in the country. A good read for anyone looking for a more clear picture than what we're often given by the idea. Introduction by Angela Davis.

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