How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance

Solomon, Akiba & . Bold Type. Mar. 2019. 304p. photos. ISBN 9781568588490. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781568588506. SOC SCI
The editors of Colorlines, a website focused on race and politics, offer a collection showcasing black approaches to negotiating life-threatening forces amid political, economic, and cultural systems. Solomon and Rankin draw on more than 60 black contributors to share their coping mechanisms, skills, and strategies. Among the contributors are Black Lives Matter founders Alicia Garza and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, historian Robin D.G. Kelley, and imprisoned political activist and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal. The nine chapters document successes rather than mere struggles and focus on how people push back, and push beyond every day and historical obstacles, microaggressions, and race-based trauma. From the raucous to the religious, the selections here supply versions and visions of black activism, agency, and authenticity that emphasize that there is no single manner, method, mode or frontline of black resistance.
VERDICT Not simply a onetime read, this collection offers those who wish to be invested in realizing the social justice of collective freedom a reference for daily consideration, discussion, inspiration, or instruction.
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