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This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America | Morgan Jerkins
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Soubhiville
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Pickpick

This book gave me a lot of feelings. It wasn‘t a comfortable read, but it‘s important. I‘m glad I read it.

keepingupwiththepenguins That's the best kind of challenging read! Love it! 🤓 ❤ 4mo
Soubhiville I used this for my adult nonfiction in #BBRC. @LibrarianRyan 4mo
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arianaag
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Pickpick

This was an amazing book. It was like a “you are not alone in these struggles” type book.

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saguarosally
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About a year ago I took pictures of about a dozen books in front of a saguaro. It has come in handy since then! PS: It‘s the author‘s birthday. #succulentsaturday @ReadosaurusText

ReadosaurusText That is a beautiful saguaro!!! 5mo
saguarosally @ReadosaurusText They all are! 💚🌵 5mo
ReadosaurusText @saguarosally I can‘t argue with that!!! 5mo
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GondorGirl
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I've been challenging myself a lot lately to read books by authors outside my own narrow narrative. I want to better understand the experiences of other cultures, races, lifestyles so that I can be a better ally. There is something both unsettling and thrilling in reading a book that makes you so drastically uncomfortable that you have to sit back and reorder your way of thinking.

I highly recommend this collection of essays.

Chelleo Glad you‘re challenging yourself. It‘s hard but necessary, and I don‘t exempt myself from this...there‘s room for EVERYONE to grow. Looking forward to reading this soon. 6mo
Eyelit My book club is reading this later this summer. Really looking forward to it! 6mo
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GondorGirl
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EmmaMae
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Pickpick

Morgan Jerkins wrote a compelling book of essays on the realities of her life. It was powerfully convicting on my whiteness and what expectations of whiteness I have on others. #bookclubreads

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MsLeah8417

When there is no equality there can be no equivalency

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AmyG
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Thank you so much @rjsthumbelina ...I look forward to reading this!!! Am I right to assume this is for the #justabookswap?
@TheBookKeepers

rjsthumbelina Hahaha, yes it is! Not sure how I forgot to put that in the note... 9mo
AmyG @rjsthumbelina Ha! Just wanted to be sure. Thank you again! 😘 9mo
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Carolyn11215
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Kindle version available on Amazon for $1.99. I just snapped one up as I‘ve been meaning to read for awhile.

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MelodySchreiber
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Merry Christmas to me! Jack planned a date that involved sushi and all the books I wanted 😍 What a perfect way to end the year!

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CoffeeK8
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#nonfiction2018 is the only challenge I finished this year, it that‘s okay with me!

GondorGirl You had some good reads! I think I'm going to have to make a similar post. 😀 11mo
CouronneDhiver Nice work! 11mo
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CoffeeK8
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Pickpick

What an amazing book. An important read for everyone.

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CoffeeK8
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Current #audiobook

JSW So good! 11mo
Megabooks Loved this one! 11mo
CoffeeK8 @JSW @Megabooks good to know! 11mo
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KS1805
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Before you read this book, you need to know that if you‘re white, it‘s not written for you. As she states, you will get something out of it but it is not a book that you should read at the beginning of your journey into understanding systemic racism. #audiobook

She is frank, honest, and provocative. Be ready to be challenged.

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Caterina
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This sweet dog loves to sleep on my legs and trap me with a good book 💕 #dogsoflitsy #bostonterriersoflitsy #Pippin
He was under the blanket on my lap, but he overheated and had to poke his head out 😂

JSW This book is brilliant 12mo
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Megabooks
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Pickpick

This book was fantastic! Morgan is so thoughtful. It is apparent that she has considered each word, each sentence in this book.

So many women her age write essay collections trying to be hip, cool or funny, and I‘ve really started to hate those. #nonfictionNovember #nonfiction #feminism

If you want a serious, reflective look at being young, black, and female in America, check this out.

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Megabooks
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I thought I‘d want to escape tonight, but as you can see I‘m doubling down on some intersectional feminism.

I am proud to say that locally my choice for state house won by (for real) one vote, which may as well be mine! 🎉🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🍾🍾🍾

Cinfhen Every vote really does matter❣️❣️❣️❣️ 12mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Totally! 😁😁😁👍🏻 12mo
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razmanda
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A very personal memoir and treatise on race and gender in America. Some chapters are stronger than others but definitely worth the time. Jerkins blends the personal, theory and sociological observations into a cogent argument for intersectionality and how to survive it as a black woman.

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TheBookbabeblog84
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....I don‘t think I need to explain this. #unapologeticstatements #morganjerkins #books #blackfeministreading

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TheBookbabeblog84
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I can not tell you how many endless conversations I have had to have about this....about the impact of my blackness on my womanhood. And how this experience has shaped my views on everything from race, to education, criminal justice to politics. My experience can not be boxed in....#blackwomanhood #womanism

BellaBookNook Preach!! 1y
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TheBookbabeblog84
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I feel this on a cosmic damn level. #quotes #blackwomanhood #blackgirlhood

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TheBookbabeblog84
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Wrapped up in my prayer shawl and enjoying this book. Already I‘m hooked. #SeptemberHitList

Pearrr Come on #prayershawl !! ☺️😊 1y
TheBookbabeblog84 @Pearrr ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
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TheBookbabeblog84
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Day 1) Sept TBR
I honestly think I have a pretty diverse list of reads. I can not wait to dive into Times Convert by Deborah Harkness and This Will be my Undoing. #books #allthebookssept18

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DyAnne
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“ . . . what a blessing it was to see you [Michelle Obama] shine. You are not an animal or a man. You may be a terror. But their terror is our delight.”

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shaynarae
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Pickpick

I loved listening to this book! Open, honest, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. I appreciate that Jerkins addresses the complexity of perspective (sometimes more overtly than others) through her own experience. This is a book I think everyone should read and talk about.

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Megabooks
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“Or attention-getting”

#embarrassed My aunt taught at this school through a lot of the 80s and early 90s. My aunt who used the n-word until around 1990. Then she must have gotten some sensitivity training because she stopped until the past year when my mom has heard her use it a couple of times 😡🤦🏻‍♀️

It‘s so frustrating and upsetting that she is backsliding into racism.

HKGirl 😭😬😤 1y
cherinium Did you see the video of the 6 year old who was sent home on the first day of school for violating the school's hair policy? (I didn't catch where that occurred.) Absolutely disgusting! 1y
Megabooks @cherinium No, but that‘s ridiculous! 1y
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DyAnne
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At the airport. Needed some non-fiction to go with the fiction already in my travel bag.

Christine Loved this book! 💛 1y
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Lupita.Reads
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Pickpick

Loved this book so much I bought a physical copy after listening to the audiobook. These essays are so incredibly powerful! Jerkins is a voice to be heard and read.

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saguarosally
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This book starts out fascinating and becomes more fascinating. Is it a set of critiques on intersectionality or a memoir? Is the author really so wise at such a young age? Keep reading, friends.

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saguarosally
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1. Y‘all.
2. Three in the West, two in the Midwest.
3. Litsy, Goodreads, Overdrive, Kindle. I use other social media apps also for bookish purposes.
4. Bingo at a small town festival. I need some suburbia at least.
5. @Angela66

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

Bklover Quilt Bingo!!!! 1y
saguarosally @Bklover I wish, just small town bingo. 1y
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saguarosally
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I like this as another book bag. 👍#bookbag

ns510reads Pretty! 1y
saguarosally @ns510reads Thanks! I thought so too! 1y
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razmanda
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Library hold avalanche!

JSW I had one of those yesterday! 😂 1y
TheBookKeepers Score!!! Two of these are on my TBR 1y
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daniwithtea
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Pickpick

This was *so* good.

Jeannie I just finished the first chapter of this - so good. 1y
daniwithtea @Jeannie it only gets better from there! 1y
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daniwithtea
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June reading recap: 35 done, 1 DNF, a handful more started. Wrapped up two reading challenges this month (#litsyatoz and #readharder) and passed my original goodreads goal of 100 to land at 122 for the year. The tagged book is one I started this month but haven‘t yet finished.

Traci1 Very impressive! Wow! 1y
Scientist Well done! 1y
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daniwithtea
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Road tripping to PA for my nephew‘s birthday; I dig out my Kindle at every rest stop.

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rmaclean4
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I read this to fulfill one of the #readingwomenschallenge. I was happy to hear this young writers voice.

KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
rmaclean4 @KateFulfordAuthor thank you for the reccomendation! I will check it out. 1y
KateFulfordAuthor You are most welcome Rebecca 1y
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spierrel

"Surprise. You should have known I was coming."

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spierrel
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My favorite chapter so far has been Human, Not Black.

Jerkins chronicals her experiences growing into Black womanhood, and the painful truths that I could relate to in some instances. This is a great read for someone being introduced to the idea of black feminism, or what's it's like growing up black + woman + educated +....

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Weaponxgirl
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Next month @spinesvines is hosting a #diversespines challenge running from the 19th-30th. Thought this looked great and am sharing to get the word out further.

spinesvines Thank you!! 💖 1y
Weaponxgirl @spinesvines I'm looking forward to it 😀 1y
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mdemanatee
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This helped the workday go faster today.

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pamelac.xo
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So excited for the new audiobooks I bought during Audible‘s most recent sale! I may have gone overboard considering I already owned 349 audiobooks before I bought these 6... Whoops 🤷🏻‍♀️ #audiobooks #audible

emilyhaldi Wow 349?! 👏🏻😱 2y
pamelac.xo @emilyhaldi now it‘s 355 lol. I‘ve had my audible account for like five years now, and I always go overboard every time there is a sale. 2y
Mdargusch You need to take a looonnngg road trip so you can listen to a bunch! 2y
pamelac.xo @Mdargusch haha yeah I do. I commute to school, so I usually get through a lot each year. 2y
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Momoniqui
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#MorganJenkins #ThisWillBeMyUndoing is a phenomenal read, raw and uncut- it delves into the the deep and dark moments of a young black girl trying to fit in a different skin while grappling with her #identitycrisis - a woman unraveling and remembering all the moments that bring her to the altar of her own becoming. #memoirs #blackwomanbrilliance #racism #blackwomen #blacklivesmatter #blackwriters

Kaye Welcome to one of the sweetest people. A little birdie told me that 🌹 2y
Momoniqui @Kaye thank you so much! 🤗🌷 2y
Richryan52 Welcome to Litsy 2y
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Richryan52 Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan? 2y
Momoniqui @Richryan52 I have never read Sherlock Holmes! Can you believe it?! It I would not be opposed 2y
Richryan52 That is hard to believe 2y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
Jess7 #I borrowed this book from the library, but had to return it before I had a chance to read it. It sounds really good 2y
Momoniqui @Jess7 it‘s really good! I am working on finishing it, and as I teach a group of freshmen girls it‘s so interesting to see how much of what the author wrote about her experiences mirrors that of my students 😒 2y
overtheedge What a fantastic, heartbreaking and warming memoir. Honest, candid, and we'll written, this eye opening book will help us all to really consider how we, as humans, interact. This book is vital!! I hope she will continue to share her experiences and wisdom with us! 2y
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Kathrin
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No review from my side, only the intend to follow the author‘s advice.

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Jess7
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“From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins‘ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today...” #TBR #ThisWillBeMyUndoing #LibraryBooks Day 24: #BorrowedBooks - #MarchInBooks

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nvhXesq
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I‘m halfway through this & I don‘t know why I keep doing this to myself. Reading other black women articulate the fucked up hand we‘ve been dealt is masochistic. Revelations for others, non-bw, who read are hard truths for me I can never escape. You might applaud yourself for becoming “woke” and I have to hide how raw this makes me feel.

Stephanie-Anne I‘ve been thinking about your post. Perhaps we read (and repeatedly read) things that enrage us in a very personal, very specific ways because the author is speaking to us and for us. In this case, perhaps you are recognizing her rawness. And she is recognizing your rawness. She is speaking. And you are here for her, hearing. 2y
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JSW
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Completely personal, raw, stunning writing. A must-read. I had a chance to meet the author at a reading, and I was speechless - all I could say was “thank you-thank you.” It‘s still the strongest thing I feel on reading this. I‘m so grateful to her for writing it.

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peacegypsy
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Check out the details: Leinenkugel‘s Summer Shandy, a bookmark from Square Books in Faulkner‘s town, and the last few pages of This Will be My Undoing. Morgan Jerkins‘ memoir is absolutely fabulous, educational, and a beautiful journey on the road to understanding others‘ lives. I am grateful to have read this, thank her for writing it, and recommend it to everyone.

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4thhouseontheleft
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A compelling collection of essays (except for the list -style essays, of which I am generally not a fan of in books). The chapters are both deeply personal and filled with timely cultural critique that really made me think. Some of the essays are definitely stronger than others, but overall, this was absolutely a worthy read that I would recommend to everyone.

#CatsofLitsy #HelloKitty

AlaMich Awwww!! I love the paw over the face maneuver! You know they were taught that in kitten school, for use when they were in trouble. 😉😻 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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I love when a book adds to my reading list!

So far, I‘ve added:

So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
This Time article by Crystal Emery: http://time.com/4401986/black-disabled-woman-power/
Black Looks: Race and Representation by bell hooks

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Happy Sunday morning! (Or afternoon/evening). I carved out some reading time today to hopefully finish up this #currentread 📚

I have been dwelling on the above quote from the essay, “A Hunger for Men‘s Eyes”, one of my favorites so far in this book. The idea that Morgan (although she kind of generalizes to all black women), would rather stay silent on harassment than watch a black man mistreated by police.

What are your thoughts?

alisahar I‘m reading Sister Outsider and I wonder what Audre Lord would say. 2y
thewallflower0707 I find this disturbing. Harassment is always terrible and can often lead into very dangerous and uncomfortable situations. Police brutality and racism is a whole other different topic and it shouldn‘t be mixed. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @alisahar Audre Lord is also quoted in this book, but in a different essay! 2y
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4thhouseontheleft @thewallflower0707 The specific context of this quote is in regards to street harassment. The conflict between wanting accountability for said person‘s actions, but not at the hands of police brutality. It‘s a tough topic that I admit I can‘t easily relate to coming from a place of white privilege. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @riversong153 I know you read this book recently, I‘m curious of your opinion on this chapter! 2y
PerksOfBeingABookworm I haven‘t read this book, so I might be off base. Just from what I know about the quote and the context you provided, it almost feels like she is taking gendered racism and dissecting it to say “I would rather personally face gendered harassment if it meant that racism in the police force could end.” But that‘s not true intersectionality. There has to be a way for Black women and Black men to get justice. One shouldn‘t forfeit to the other. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @PerksOfBeingABookworm Your last two sentences are exactly how I am feeling about this section. This is a later quote about the same incident: “I hated myself for wishing that I had told the police, because they would have tackled Charlie to the ground, and this was Harlem, and we were still black, and I could not have lived with myself had I done that.” 2y
4thhouseontheleft @PerksOfBeingABookworm My thought is there can and should be accountability for both police brutality and street harassment, and one should not negate the other. 2y
Notafraidofwords I think that this discussion would be more productive if people actually read the book. And not only that, this is something that a lot of minorities deal with. She‘s not saying that she prefers one thing over the other—-that‘s far from it. She‘s saying that there‘s another layer to her harassment that other people do not have to consider. 2y
riversong153 I have to agree with @Notafraidofwords of words here. It‘s really an ethical dilemma for black women to decide if we are going to report our men for many things. The example she uses here is harassment. As a black woman who has been sexually harassed, I understand the dilemma well. It‘s not easy for us to report our men because we know the justice system does not deliver justice for us or our men in most cases. Continued below... 2y
riversong153 We really have to decide if it‘s worth calling the police or making a complaint because it could be a life altering or a life or death situation for a black man. This is just a minor example but if being harassed by a black man at work, of course I‘m uncomfortable and know that reporting it is the best bet but then I don‘t want him to lose his job over stupid behavior. With so many of our men struggling to get a fair shake in employment... 2y
riversong153 Do I really want him to lose his job? No, I don‘t. Do I want the behavior to continue, no I don‘t. This job could be what is feeding his children. On a more serious note do I want to report him to the police for something more serious that would just be a slap on the wrist for a white guy but may literally cause his death. With the way our people are treated and abused by the police, it is really a battle to decide what we‘re willing to risk. 2y
riversong153 If the justice system truly provided justice, it would be a no brainer to report this. If unconscious bias and institutional racism didn‘t exist, it would be a no brainer. But this is not the world we live in and the consequences of our deciding to report or not has grave consequences. 2y
Notafraidofwords @riversong153 thank you. This is exactly right. It‘s a tough position to be in and it‘s not always clear lines. It‘s so difficult for people to consider complexities, but this is one that‘s important. Everyone‘s experience is different. And honestly, I‘m shocked by people stating that she generalizes black woman. I don‘t necessarily think that‘s true Although I‘m happy to take other people‘s opinion into consideration. 2y
Notafraidofwords @PerksOfBeingABookworm I agree. One shouldn‘t forfeit the other, but it often feels like a decision for minorities. And she doesn‘t prefer one thing over the other. That‘s such off the mark in the book. She‘s describing an actual experience that is complex. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @riversong153 Thank you! From my lane, I fully admit this was a harder section for me to process. That‘s why I thought this quote was so important for me, because it highlights my privilege in a way I hadn‘t thought about before. 2y
Notafraidofwords @thewallflower0707 but it is mixed. That‘s the reality for a lot of minorities. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Notafraidofwords I did not mean she generalized throughout the whole book, definitely not. I was referring to a very specific paragraph that I can try to find. I‘m sorry if I was not more clear about that. 2y
Notafraidofwords @4thhouseontheleft oh it‘s okay. I think it‘s a complex issue that can produce great discussion. 2y
PerksOfBeingABookworm @Notafraidofwords I‘m sorry, I didn‘t mean for it to come across as choosing one over the other. What I meant was more in terms of the complexity of having the experience as a woman of color and living in a system where you only get to choose one of those identities. Similar to issues with feminism and Black Lives Matter. It‘s difficult to fight for justice in an intersectional manner because society isn‘t structured in an intersectional way. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @riversong153 @Notafraidofwords definitely. And I see many parallels in the immigrant community. I have too many friends who have dealt with domestic abuse, but face the dilemma of deportation, sometimes for both the victim and perpetrator, if they report. Especially since I live in a county that gets money from ICE for its implementation of 287(g). (edited) 2y
PerksOfBeingABookworm @Notafraidofwords I agree completely with what you and @riversong153 are both saying. Decisions for reporting incidents is incredibly complex and multilayered because of institutional racism, gendered racism, police brutality, and mass incarceration. To name a few. It was certainly not my intent to over simplify the experiences expressed in the book and lived by so many women. I apologize that it came across that way. 2y
riversong153 @PerksOfBeingABookworm No apologies necessary, it‘s a great conversation point. It‘s better to have the conversations then to sit quiet about these things, it‘s really a way to understand how complicated these situations are. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Notafraidofwords @riversong153 I‘m glad you both joined the conversation, I was really looking for conversation from others who have read the book. (edited) 2y
Notafraidofwords @PerksOfBeingABookworm no need to apologize. I think it‘s an Important conversation. You make great points. 2y
Notafraidofwords @4thhouseontheleft yes. This is very true. It adds another layer when talking about deportation and such. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @thewallflower0707 Have you read this book? The whole idea behind intersectionality is that overlapping identities influence the complexity of the discrimination they face, and this is one example of that complexity. 2y
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