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When They Call You a Terrorist
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir | Asha Bandele, Patrisse Khan-Cullors
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The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born. From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.
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Cinfhen
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#LilithJuly #TalkinBoutARevolution Most revolutions begin when a small minority start to take action💪🏼This is a personal tale of struggle and resistance and the NEED to be heard and seen. Power to the people ✊🏾

TrishB Always 👍🏻 16h
Reviewsbylola Fantastic book. 13h
kspenmoll This was a great book! 8h
KarenUK 👌💪🙌🙌 7h
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Nebklvr
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A painful and terror filled narrative of what it means to be Black in this country.

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littlefrogling
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BarbaraJean
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This wasn‘t what I expected—I thought it was a memoir of the Black Lives Matter movement, but it‘s a personal memoir that follows Khan-Cullors‘ growing up in LA on up through the beginning of BLM. She focuses in on her brother Monty & the injustice of a system that repeatedly incarcerates a black man because of his mental illness. It‘s both powerful & difficult to read—knowing about injustice is different than knowing through personal stories.

BarbaraJean This is book 9/12 completed for #bookfitnesschallenge (bringing me to 4/4 audiobooks completed). 1mo
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rsteve388
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I won't be able to do this book justice. But it is an important read to anyone who is looking to remove white supremacy from their behavior and their thoughts.

This book tells the story of the birth of Black Lives Matter and the background of the two founders and their lives and how the events that were happening at the time and how it brought about Black Lives Matter and what the organization overall is working towards.

RaimeyGallant On my list! 1mo
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rsteve388

I wont be able to do this book Justice.

Indeed it is a beautiful story.

Miles walked Monday and Tuesday: 8 miles

Maybe for round 2 I'll really push myself to start running every other day.

#BookFitnessChallenge #BFC19

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
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BarbaraJean
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A few pics from recent at-work walks—it‘s finally warming up & so I‘ve shifted from afternoon to morning walks. This book is illuminating, heartbreaking, and infuriating—it‘s hard to listen to Khan-Cullors describe her brother‘s mental illness and oppression by law enforcement & the justice/prison system. This narrative is so important, but right now it‘s just making me feel helpless to change such vast systemic inequities. #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Beautiful photos! And way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
BookwormAHN Gorgeous pics 👏🏻 2mo
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BarbaraJean
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Memorial Day #audiowalk—enjoying the gorgeous weather and flags up throughout the neighborhood. I started the tagged book on my walk—I was in the mood for nonfiction after a lot of YA lately. I often have a hard time focusing on nonfiction in audio form, so I‘ll have to see how this goes! It‘s both powerful and maddening so far. #bookfitnesschallenge

Prairiegirl_reading It‘s really good but it doesn‘t get any less maddening. 2mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful photos! And great progress! 🙌🏻 2mo
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candority
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3 stars (I feel bad...) I went into this book expecting there to be lots of information about the BLM movement, but it is more of a personal memoir in which Patrisse Khan-Cullors recalls her life experiences and motivations for starting BLM. There‘s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I felt misled and disappointed that the information about BLM specifically was rushed. Nevertheless, this is an important memoir, and worth the read/listen.

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hwestfall
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Do you ever read a book where you reach the end and have no words? I want to talk about this book but I can't even gather my thoughts in any kind of orderly fashion. Maybe the best thing I can do is just hand it out to people and tell them to read it.

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RowReads1
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I‘ve been staying up late listening to this one. 👏

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Reviewsbylola
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I listened to this one because I wanted to hear a perspective different than my own. This certainly delivered. I think what I found the most interesting is that BLM is not solely focused on police brutality, but in fact the systemic oppression that black people have continued to suffer in all facets of our society. I think it is a must read.

#allforall #timbittunes

Cinfhen Well played ❣️🙌🏻 Getting ready to meet the ravenmaster ?!?!!? 😜😁😂 5mo
Reviewsbylola I wish!! We leave tomorrow but no Tower visit planned as we just went last year. 😭 @Cinfhen 5mo
Cinfhen Oh right!! But I know you‘ve been getting book recommendations from the ravenmaster!!!! Safe travels ✈️Have the best time xx 5mo
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“Being born Black or Mexican was enough to label you a gang member, a dangerous drug-involved criminal. “ #24b4Monday. #BlackHistoryMonth

kspenmoll Great great read. 5mo
Samplergal @kspenmoll It is. And hard. I‘m reading in Pieces because its wrong. We must be better. 5mo
kspenmoll I totally understand. I read it the same way last summer along, in bird as well, along with another easier read. 5mo
Andrew65 It does sound a great read. 5mo
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lauralovesbooks1
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Khan-Cullors is one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. Her memoir digs into issues of gender, race, and sexuality while also examining the harsh reality of the unequal application of justice in America. Lots to discuss after reading this one.

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Samplergal
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#24B4monday #blackhistorymonth Current plans for the weekend.

Tamra I hope you 💜 Brown Girl Dreaming! 5mo
Andrew65 Some great choices 😊👍 5mo
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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Samplergal
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Interesting read! 5mo
kspenmoll This was a great/necessary read. 5mo
violabrain Fantastic book! A must-read! 5mo
RebL I stan these comments. Important book, must-read. 5mo
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MsLeah8417
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What kind of society uses medicine as a weapon, keeps it from people needing to heal, all the while continuing to develop the drugs America‘s prisons use to execute people?

Samplergal Sick isn‘t it. 5mo
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MsLeah8417
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The GI bill was notoriously unhelpful to Black veterans, indeed having been forged in such a way as to uphold Jim Crow.

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MsLeah8417
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Downloaded this book and cannot put my Kindle down!

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Hornsby78
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This book made me cry, made me angry, made me say amen, and opened my eyes to things I had not been aware was happening in the U.S. to people of color. The author's candid glimpse into her life will stay with me for quite some time and I recommend this to ALL white people on Litsy. Five out of five stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

BarbaraTheBibliophage I second your recommendation! 5mo
Samplergal Reading it now. 5mo
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Plaidsticks
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Beautifully written.

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RebeccaH
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I listened to this on audio, and wow was it powerful. The story has very difficult material, but it‘s so important and so infuriating and also so inspiring.

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Plaidsticks

This is our life. This has always been our life. And while we live and we love and we laugh, there is also an unmitigated and unmitigating arc of pain that is there, has always been there, just below the surface.” pg53

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Plaidsticks

For us, law enforcement had nothing to do with protecting and serving, but controlling and containing the movement of children who had been labeled super-predators by the virtue of who they were born to and where they were born, not because they were actually doing anything predatory.”
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RebeccaH
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Inspired by @BookishGirl06 I‘m posting my Goodreads “my books” page. Will I get to those 790 books? Probably not, but it‘s fine...

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feminismandyoga
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I am in awe of activists. I knew Black Lives Matter stemmed from police killings of innocent black boys, but that was it. This a great book to read for anyone interested in social justice and intersectional feminism.
For those of us who were alive and old enough to be aware of it, it was hard to miss some of the origins of the Black Lives Matter Movement, but I appreciate this book for preserving the history of it for the future.

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hwestfall
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When you go to the book store to buy other people Christmas gifts but grab a few for yourself too 😉

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Emilymdxn
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This was such an essential book that I wish I could make everybody read. Such a powerful life story, but also a really important message about how important it is to come together and organise as a group in the face of society not wanting you to. I‘m so glad I read this

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JacquelynLovesYou
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Excellent on every level. Must read. Moving, heartbreaking, inspiring. What an amazing person. What amazing people in her life. I admire her and aim to someday be half the organizer she is.

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Emilymdxn
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This is amazing so far. Books like this are so important to me (and everyone else) right now, and learning to inhabit a little and try to understand the lives of people with very different upbringings from me is something I wish more people where I‘m from would do.

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violabrain
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If you don‘t understand why saying “All Lives Matter“ or “Blue Lives Matter“ is so unbelievably offensive and tone deaf, you need to read this book. An amazing memoir by one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a great read! I‘ll second that recommendation!! 7mo
dogra Great rec! 7mo
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JacquelynLovesYou
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Ugh, companies profiting off of prisoners. I have always hated Victoria's secret, hut liked whole foods 😥

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KS1805
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Excellent look into the heart of the #blacklivesmatter movement. #audiobook

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Cinfhen
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#NoFemmeber #NonfictionNovember I‘m hoping to read these two books this year #BlackLivesMatter If you‘re doing #pop19 then tag book will work for prompt #TwoFemaleAuthors and if you‘re planning on trying #Booked2019 both books will fit prompts there too❣️❣️❣️

Megabooks These were on my list then life got in the way. Excellent choices! I‘ll see if I can get either from the library before November is over. 😊😘 8mo
Cinfhen Hoopla has both on audio @Megabooks but I‘d rather do print 8mo
Cinfhen If you do listen/read can you tag me xx @Megabooks (edited) 8mo
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Megabooks I‘d probably rather do print too, but thanks for the heads up. Yes, will tag you 👍🏻👍🏻 8mo
merelybookish Citizen is 🔥🔥🔥 8mo
KarenUK Citizen is soooooo good! 8mo
Cinfhen That‘s two endorsements I really take to heart @merelybookish @KarenUK ❣️❣️🙌🏻 8mo
Billypar Heard so much about Citizen that I don't want to forget to seek out. Very interested also in learning the story behind how the BLM movement got started. Great picks! 8mo
TrishB These both look good 👍🏻 8mo
Caterina I listened to When They Call You a Terrorist on Hoopla and it might be my favorite memoir of all time, but it made me straight up sob! 8mo
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kspenmoll
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks so much for sharing @kspenmoll! ♥️ 8mo
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rmaclean4
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October 2018:

3 literary fiction, 2 nonfiction, 4 science fiction novellas
Melmoth: Sarah Perry 2 🌟

Washington Black: Esi Edugyan 3 🌟

Cruco: Olivia Laing 3.5 🌟

The Power of Moments: Chip Dan Heath 3 🌟

When They Call You a Terrorist: Patrisse Khan-Cullors 4 🌟

Murder Bot Series Martha Wells 5 🌟

(All Systems Red: Artificial Condition:Rogue Protocol: Exit Strategy)


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rmaclean4
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Beautiful writing about a horrible truth. A must read. I listened to this on Scribd.

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Between_The_Covers
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I anticipated all sorts of rage, frustration, anger, disbelief, solidarity, more rage....but, it was a deeply affecting love story. Not in a sense of romance but rather one of a woman's fierce unconditional love for a brother, a father, for a people, a community and a movement. Khan-Cullors does well to keep this front and center, at the same time relaying and showing the emotional and physical challenges of being black In America. Great read!

SW-T Great summary 😊 9mo
Nute Fantastic review! 8mo
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Deborah42
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A memoir written by a founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Patrisse Khan-Cullors frames her motivation for starting the movement within the context of her personal experiences of what it‘s like to be a black woman in America. The contrast between the reality she describes and her poetic language makes the damage caused by systemic racism even more horrifying.

A must read, especially for people who don‘t understand white privilege.

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dfrazier
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Thought provoking and challenging book that will expand your understanding of the people behind social movements. Much more about people and the struggles of life than BLM. Great job by Patrisse Khan-Cullors!

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charl08
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Powerful reading: recommended.

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Love this quote.

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Caterina
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#audiostitching Finished this #audiobook tonight. Didn't make much progress on my stitching because I was crying too much. Absolutely devastating and eye-opening, but also hopeful. Five stars, everyone please read this!! (Have you read it? If yes what did you think?)

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UnabridgedPod
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Brilliant memoir. (I listened to this one on #scribd, and I highly recommend it—the author reads it herself, which lends so much power to her story.) Khan-Cullors‘s account of her childhood, her brother‘s plight, and the course of her life is moving and inspiring. The writing is lovely, and it heightens the effectiveness of the book overall.

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SW-T
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Difficult to read in places, but totally worth it. Powerful and moving.

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SW-T
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Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else‘s shoes for a while. - Malorie Blackman

#quotes #bookishquote

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kspenmoll
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#booksandcoffee #brokenpromisesbrokenheart
Promise last post for a time! Have to read in! 📚☕️💕

Reggie Wow. 12mo
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kspenmoll
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At author‘s father‘s funeral, concerning his life:”We choose forgiveness and love as a collective act.” Her father, who served in Korean War, struggled with addiction much of his life. Quite a contrast to be reading this book among coffee and flowers.
#coffeeandbooks

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kspenmoll
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#intentionalfamily #LookforCodes#teachersofLitsy
#coffeeandbooks #GroundedCoffeeCo
so much if this book is powerful.

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