Bite-size Book Review: I'm Still Here

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I have a passion for racial reconciliation and feel that it is truly the calling of the Christian church, especially here in the United States. My family has made deliberate choices to be part of racially diverse communities but I think there's more I can do. One thing we can all choose to do is be better informed. Reading this fabulous memoir would be a great first step. pin-bookreview-StillHere

Title & author:

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.

What it's about:

In this quietly powerful memoir, Ms. Brown graciously shares her most difficult and hurtful experiences with racism throughout her life. This includes her working life in Christian churches and organizations.

Who it's for:

I think her story would resonate with black people who've struggled in the same ways but I suspect this book is written for white people like myself, to help us understand the perspective of another.

What I liked:

There is nothing like a personal story to communicate universal truths and I am so grateful that Brown was willing to be vulnerable and share her experiences. I consider myself fairly aware of racism and injustice but she made me see the fault in some of my own reactions and judgement.

What I didn't:

I have no fault with the book, only with the sins of myself and my own culture. I think God has been trying to show me that my way of going through life is not the only right way. There is no one right way. I also mourn the fact that the default response to her experiences with racism, even in Christian settings, was to shift the blame right back onto her and her reaction. We are uncomfortable with admitting our own racist tendencies and shouldering that blame.

My take-away:

We can only grow in compassion and understanding if we take the time to listen well to others.

My rating:

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