This book was amazing and devastating and definitely responsible for me crying on the train three times
This book was amazing and devastating and definitely responsible for me crying on the train three times
Excellent book. This wasn‘t exactly what I was expecting. The book starts with the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and continues through to 2017. The focus is mainly the protests and those that came to lead the fight. Lowery is a reporter and was on the ground in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland, and other place where protests against the murder of unarmed black men and women occurred. He came to know the movements and the leaders well. 👇🏼
This is a really good book. Not exactly what I thought it would be. It‘s more of a recent history. It still makes me feel like I need to be a better ally and friend.
This is my next #blackhistorymonth read. I‘ve had it for a while and I‘ve not listened to it because I know it will be a hard one not only because of the topic but because I‘m sure that it will make me realize that even though I am trying be a better ally and I‘m trying to raise a child that will be an even better ally I will never be able to do enough and I will always fall short.
This was a solid read. Lowery was in on the ground floor, which is why it may be hard to follow at times. It‘s almost too personal. But that‘s what this topic means to him. For us. It should be personal. Living history can be a difficult topic to undertake, & consume. I wonder what scholarship will be written in 25, 50 years‘ time. This is a good place to start.
I recommend. For many reasons but the biggest one being that everyone needs to see the perspective of on the ground reporting. Lowery did a great job with integrating many issues into this narrative. I put off reading this book because I wasnt sure if I was emotionally ready for it. Now that I've read it, I am glad that I did.
I've read one chapter of this book and I'm trying to hold my emotions in check. I'm frustrated. I'm frustrated because people can scream at the top of their lungs that the system is a mess, that racism runs rampant in not just our criminal justice but in media portrayals and people will turn a blind eye, willfully, because it doesn't affect them! I am tired! But this book is extremely well done so far and well written.
Decided to start this tonight. It might take me a few days to read because I'll be traveling this weekend. This is on my "must read" list and is book I've been anxious about reading. The introduction was powerful. Bracing myself.
#DBF2017 Keynote address for the Decatur Book Festival tonight. Carolyn Ryan of NYT, Wes Lowery of Washington Post and Brook Gladstone of NPR discussing journalism, fake news and social media. What a great panel and lively discussion. Gladstone pulls no punches!! (Moderated by Kevin Riley of AJC)
Where do I start? I listened to this book hoping to learn more about the background, motivation, and goals of the BLM movement and other current racial justice movements and was not disappointed. I'll recommend this book to those interested in learning about the current movement; those who wish to have candid and honest dialogue about race relations in America and those who wish to learn about a topic personal to many and misunderstood by most.
"A seat at the table - the new generation of black activists reasons - isn't worth much, if your fellow diners refuse to pass you a plate".
This books chronicles the BLM movement as well as the larger movement against police violence. While Ferguson was one of the major turning points in terms of media attention, there were countless cases before that sparked local outrage. I was kind of familar with the subject matter before reading the book, but enjoyed it all the same. I wonder how someone who is less familiar would feel about this book.
Great book for anyone interested in the Black Lives Matter movement. It's hard at times to hear the narrator speak about these young people's hopes & dreams when we know they end up losing their lives.
Read this to learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement and the unending struggle for justice. Read this. #recommendedreading
I'm through the intro and I can already tell this is going to be a hard book to listen to because of the subject matter, but it's extremely important.
My latest audiobook fits today's #maybookflowers prompt, #truths. It wasn't an easy listen, but it gives some important perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement and its development over the series of events that have taken place since. The photo is of the day Bree Newsome removed the confederate flag from the grounds of my statehouse. I wasn't there but as a native of SC I applaud her actions. @RealLifeReading
Lowery tells us how a single commission, a week‘s work, would lead to a grueling six month odyssey to capture the slaughter of black men and the campaign that sought to fight against the ever growing tide of deaths.
This book is an insider view of a very important story. It is a valuable contribution to an important debate. It is a must read for anyone wishing to understand today‘s America.
In this excellent book Wesley Lowery examines the origins and development of the Black Lives Matter movement against the backdrop of the shootings of unarmed black men, women and children in a clear, even-handed read that fully sets out the people who helped form the movement, the offshoot demonstrations allied to it and, above all, articulates the distress of the black community and its mistrust of police officers.
Bloody depressing. Authored by Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery, at times this seemed like a double-edged sword. The job of the press to accurately report these murders is imperative; however, it also seems almost parasitic. Asking mourning family members questions about their slain loved ones.... Mr Lowery acknowledges this and the effect of dealing with multiple traumas day in and day out on his own well-being.
One of the many books in our Social Justice and Social Movements display. My TBR list exploding while working on this.
#photobookchallenge day 28 - read this month
I was lucky enough to receive this book on Netgalley. It is a pointed and deeply necessary analysis of police brutality in the US, with a specific look at Black Lives Matter. Not an easy read, but one that needs to be faced.
#blackhistorymonth #blacklivesmatter #nonfiction
Next month I'm doing #DiverseBookMar - are you?
This is an important book that follows the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement until the summer of 2016. I knew of all the police shootings and protests that were discussed in this book, but the insight and connections that Lowery draws are vital to understanding how this came to be, as a young white woman who has lived a very privileged life. Be an intersectional Feminist or no feminist at all. And most importantly: Black Lives Matter.
Bart says "hey mama, let's just snuggle here and you can put a big dent in this book while I nap."
Poor Bart was sick a few times today, trying a move back to a blander food and some supplements to see if that helps.
My hold finally came in at the library! I wouldn't say that I'm excited to read this, but I am excited to gain knowledge about something that I don't fully understand
The review I tried to write was too long, so I'll have to do my least favorite thing and try to shortly write about how important "They Can't Kill Us All" is... This book goes into further detail than any news article could provide on its own. While a life lost is a life lost no matter what, it is compelling to learn more about not only the events or protects, but also the hard work and roles that activists play behind the scenes.
I am so glad that someone actually said this. I always feel like there is a kind of pressure to keep your chin up and be proud of your heritage. But let's all face it, there are some people who you can't be proud to have in your family tree and while you can't exactly disown them, you can choose to not let long-dead people to influence your choices and views.
This really struck me and for a moment I couldn't figure out why. Yeah, they were doing something a little unlawful, it makes sense that they plan who gets arrested. I realized that it was that exact thought that made this feel so fucked-up to me. Peaceful, lawful demonstrations aren't enough to make people listen. It is the fact that they are right when they think they have to force the other side's hand.
The content of this book is enlightening and important, & so it's a "pick," though it rambles. The author belabors the media coverage beyond the necessity of it in the story (& it is a crucial part to understand), tempting me to skip ahead, but I didn't. The linked stories of so many shootings of black men and the thoughtful, empathetic look at mourners, protesters, and black communities make this a cry of a book that must be heard.
While most of the US is freaking over the Patriots, I'm gonna tuck in and get learning.
Another one on my to-read list on sale at Amazon today.
Amazon, you are killing me with these sales this year... are you just going through my Goodreads list and tempting me with it?
SUPER SALE ALERT! $2.99 for Kindle.
Such an important book, arguably essential reading. It eloquently chronicles the Black Lives Matter movement. As a journalist who covered the unrest in Ferguson following Michael Brown's death, as well as many other tragic killings of black men by police, Lowery is very qualified to write this book. I hope it's widely read.
This was such a hard book to read and makes me despair that in the 21st Century movements like Black Lives Matter still need to be formed in this so called 'civilised' world. I encourage anyone who is interested in social justice, civil rights and equality for all to read this. Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books UK for my digital copy in exchange for a review.
Finished this before starting Bernie's book and this was a great one. Lowery is the first journalist arrested during the Ferguson protests. He looks at a few BLM protests and examines the conditions leading up, looks at the political climate, and what happened after, even after the journalists left. While you will know a chunk of the book, the rest is the draw. Great writing style too and first hand accounts. Worth it!
Monday night reading.
Book...mail? Delivery? Idk what to call this but I got a new book! @becausetrains had gotten us tickets to see Wesley Lowery in November but we couldn't make it since I was out of town. 😆 Whoops.
But the book was waiting on my nightstand when I woke up because he snuck out to the bookstore this morning to pick it up! He also found this accurate magnet. 😂🐶🍕
A powerful book detailing the modern racial justice movement after many, many high-profile police killings of unarmed black men and women. It's especially relevant in my area as we all wait to see what happens with the Ray Tensing trial (he was the UC cop who shot and killed unarmed Sam DuBose, was arrested and charged with murder, had a hung jury/mistrial for the first trial, and is now set for a new trial in May 2017, complete with a gag order).
No sleep until I finish this book tonight 🙌🏼💙🙌🏼
This chapter really hit me hard... the gulf isn't only between doing something and being guilty, it's there in between reality and justice. Our world is not balanced, now is the time for change, not fear, and not polite acquiescence.
A well written factual read that helps understand the role of reporters and social media. And the importance of all roles.
"...by focusing on the character of the victim, we inadvertently take the focus off the powerful and instead train our eyes and judgement on the powerless. "
Such an important read in these turbulent times. The author is a Washington Post journalist who was on the ground in Ferguson and in Baltimore trying to make sense of the deaths of black men (boys) in officer involved shootings. This book deals with the birth of the BLM movement in those early protests and social media activism. It covers those working for solutions and those feeling victimized and overlooked. Very well-done and so important.