I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
4 .5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Austin Channing Brown writes about her experience as an African American in I’m Still Here. The book takes place throughout the different time periods of her life. She begins with her childhood in Cleveland, college in Chicago, and adulthood throughout the Midwest. She tells her experiences with how white peoples and their actions have affected her life. She explains and shows how even well-meaning white people can be racist and do racist things even if they claim not to be racist.
This book really helped open my eyes to things I didn’t know or think about before. I’ve never known what it is like to be the only person of my race in a room. I’ve never been accused of having certain emotions because of my race. I’ve never been denied a job or other things because of my race. When I am pulled over my only fear is of getting a traffic ticket not being accused of something else. While I knew these things happened, I didn’t know how it made someone feel that did experience these things. I am glad my eyes are finally open to these thoughts and feelings. I am sure for some people this book will just make you made at the author, and if this happens, please stop and think about why are you upset? We all need to experience things that make us uncomfortable to become better people, in my opinion.
My goal is to be strong enough and vocal enough to speak out when I see someone else be racist. Being upset or horrified by what comes out of someone’s mouth or their actions is not enough. People need to be told what they are doing is wrong even if they may never even realize it. I want to be a better person and I want to be an anti-racist. I think this book has helped me be better at recognizing what to do and not to do. I would recommend this book. It will make you realize your faults and make you want to be a better person.