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Title:
I'm still here : Black dignity in a world made for whiteness
Author:
Brown, Austin Channing, author.
ISBN:
9781524760854
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
185 pages ; 20 cm.
General Note:
"Donated by Emine Lâle Demirtürk."
Contents:
White people are exhausting -- Playing spades -- The other side of harmony -- Ain't no friends here -- Whiteness at work -- Interlude: Why I love being a black girl -- White fragility -- Nice white people -- The story we tell -- Creative anger -- Interlude: How to survive racism in an organization that claims to be antiracist -- The ritual of fear -- A God for the accused -- We're still here -- Interlude: A letter to my son -- Justice, then reconciliation -- Standing in the shadow of hope.
Abstract:
The author's first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when her parents told her they named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. She grew up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, and has spent her life navigating America's racial divide as a writer, a speaker, and an expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. While so many institutions claim to value diversity in their mission statements, many fall short of matching actions to words. Brown highlights how white middle-class evangelicalism has participated in the rise of racial hostility, and encourages the reader to confront apathy and recognize God's ongoing work in the world.
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From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America.

Austin Channing Brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, Austin writes, "I had to learn what it means to love blackness," a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America's racial divide as a writer, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion.

In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements, I'm Still Here is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric--from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.

For readers who have engaged with America's legacy on race through the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, I'm Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God's ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness--if we let it--can save us all.


Table of Contents

1 White People Are Exhaustingp. 11
2 Playing Spadesp. 24
3 The Other Side of Harmonyp. 40
4 Ain't No Friends Herep. 52
5 Whiteness at Workp. 67
Interlude: Why I Love Being a Black Girlp. 81
6 White Fragilityp. 85
7 Nice White Peoplep. 99
8 The Story We Tellp. 112
9 Creative Angerp. 119
Interlude: How to Survive Racism in an Organization That Claims to Be Antiracistp. 128
10 The Ritual of Fearp. 131
11 A God for the Accusedp. 138
12 We're Still Herep. 148
Interlude: A Letter to My Sonp. 161
13 Justice, Then Reconciliationp. 165
14 Standing in the Shadow of Hopep. 175
Acknowledgmentsp. 183