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

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

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

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


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This celebration of Black resistance, from protests to art to sermons to joy, offers a blueprint for the fight for freedom and justice-and ideas for how each of us can contribute

Many of us are facing unprecedented attacks on our democracy, our privacy, and our hard-won civil rights. If you're Black in the US, this is not new. As Colorlines editors Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin show, Black Americans subvert and resist life-threatening forces as a matter of course. In these pages, leading organizers, artists, journalists, comedians, and filmmakers offer wisdom on how they fight White supremacy. It's a must-read for anyone new to resistance work, and for the next generation of leaders building a better future.

Featuring contributions from:

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Tarana Burke
  • Harry Belafonte
  • adrienne maree brown
  • Alicia Garza
  • Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  • Reverend Dr. Valerie Bridgeman
  • Kiese Laymon
  • Jamilah Lemieux
  • Robin DG Kelley
  • Damon Young
  • Michael Arceneaux
  • Hanif Abdurraqib
  • Dr. Yaba Blay
  • Diamond Stingily
  • Amanda Seales
  • Imani Perry
  • Denene Millner
  • Kierna Mayo
  • John Jennings
  • Dr. Joy Harden Bradford
  • Tongo Eisen-Martin

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568588490
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 209,885
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Akiba Solomon is senior editorial director of Colorlines and an NABJ Award-winning journalist and editor whose writing on culture, race, gender, and reproductive health has appeared in Essence, Dissent, Glamour, Vibe, and Ebony, among other outlets. She is the co-editor of Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts. Solomon has spoken about women's and social justice issues at institutions including the Schomburg Center, Stanford, Yale, and Harvard. A graduate of Howard University, she is based in New York.

Kenrya Rankin is an award-winning author, journalist, editorial consultant and the editorial director at Colorlines. Her work has appeared in dozens of national publications, including the New York Times, Glamour, Reader's Digest, and Fast Company. She is the author of four books, including Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama. A graduate of Howard University and New York University, she is based in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Contributors xi

1 Get in Formation Featuring Patrisse Khan-Cullors Christopher Rashad Green Tarana Burke Bianca Xunise Kareem "Tef Poe" Jackson 1

2 The Struggle Is Real Featuring Constance Malcolm Asali Solomon Quinn Gee John Jennings Marlon Peterson Shane McCrae 29

3 Laugh to Keep from Crying Featuring Damon Young Russ Green Amanda Seales Jamilah-Asali Lemieux Ben Passmore Kiese Laymon 55

4 I'm Not One of Your Little Friends Featuring Niya Kenny Delphine Adama Fawundu Sidney Keys III Saa Rankin Naasel Rickell Howard Smith Denene Millner 87

5 God Is Good, All the Time … Featuring Darnell L. Moore Haylin Belay Pastor Michael McBride Xia Gordon Margari Aziza Hill Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman Bishop Jacquelyn Holland 105

6 You Can't Tell Me Nothin' Featuring Michael Arceneaux Tai Allen Penny Wrenn Beverly "Bevy" Smith Diamond Stingily Hanif Abdurraqib 143

7 Show Them Who We Are Featuring Harry Belafonte Gina Belafonte Mumia Abufamal Haki R. Madhubuti D. Bruce "DJ Junior" Campbell Jr. Kierna Mayo Shawn Dove Ta-Nehisi Coates 161

8 Love Me or Leave Me Alone Featuring Dr. Yaba Blay Adrienne maree brown Dr. Joy Harden Bradford Aja Graydon Ayana Byrd Mahogany L. Browne 183

9 I Make Money Moves Featuring DeShuna Spencer Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler Tiffany Mikell Bakari Kitwana Jay Smooth Tonga Eisen-Martin Stefanie Brown James Quentin James 211

10 Someday We'll All Be Free Featuring Imani Perry Olalekan Jeyifous Maori Karmael Holmes Elissa Blount Moorhead Robin D. G. Kelley Mia Birdsong Jasiri X. Wazi Maret Alicia Garza 239

Acknowledgments 279

Contributor Photo Credits 281

Image Credits 285

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