Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad for me is definitely one of those books that opened my eyes and will probably open the eyes of many others willing to take on board the issues that the book cover
The book is essentially a 28 day challenge which aims to raise awareness and explain how subjects such as white privilege, white supremacy, white fragility, white superiority and many more can often cause harm and alienate people of colour. It is a toolkit that aims to carefully guide you on what white supremacy feeds on and how to cut it off.
Layla’s writing style is engaging and immersive. She carves an intricate guide giving you a run down of who she is, who this book is aimed at and how it aims to guide you in the right direction. The thing I really loved is that Layla doesn’t hold any punches and is both straight to the point and unapologetic. She gives many examples of what she’s faced and also topical issues of today.
Because of this some may find it super difficult to come to terms with the subject matters explored, hell you might even get a wee bit uncomfortable or angry. But you know what? Good because I think it’s necessary in this day in age to open your eyes to the bias that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Colour) go through on a day to day basis.
As a British Pakistani Muslim, I’ve had to deal with snide racist comments many times. I’ve had random people approach me and question me on why I’m Muslim and go on to tell me that I follow a murderous religion and need to change. I’ve even been asked if a bag next to me has a bomb in it as a “joke”. How I didn’t lose my composure at the time is beyond me but these sort of incidents will stay with me forever.
I feel a lot of people can really learn from this book and rather than wait it out, I feel it’s important to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and educate ourselves on matters regarding racism, white supremacy and white superiority.
We live in a world that has been built on white supremacy and white superiority and the only way it can be toppled is to put yourself into the shoes of POC and get the conversation flowing. That is what this book in my opinion does really well by unravelling the thread of the different forms of racism and allowing you to see from the eyes of POC.
Also, even me as a POC has taken notes and highlighted issues that I need to keep in mind. It’s really opened my eyes to how I can improve and challenge myself.
So yeah overall, this is a hard hitting and insightful read that will challenge your current way of thinking. But remember change starts with you and you alone. So if you want to read this then be willing to engage with it and take everything that is said with an open mind. It’s all about education and learning.
Thank you so much to Ella and Quercus for sending me a copy. I’ve really learned a lot from reading this amazing book✊🏽