The white allies handbook 4 weeks to join the racial justice fight for black women

Lecia Michelle

Book - 2022

This clear, actionable guide provides a four-week program for becoming an ally who makes a real difference in the racial justice fight, offering the tools needed to get off to the frontlines of allyship, combat racism while supporting Black women, and become anti-racist instead of passively "not racist."

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New York, NY : Dafina 2022.
Main Author
Lecia Michelle (author)
First Kensington hardcover edition
Item Description
Includes discussion questions (pages 247-248).
Physical Description
viii, 248 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-244).
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Listening and Learning
  • Week 1.
  • Chapter 1. Starting Your Ally Journey
  • Recognizing and unlearning your racism
  • Chapter 2. Uplift Our Voices
  • Following the leadership of Black women
  • Chapter 3. Obstacles Mean Lessons
  • Finding growth in your discomfort
  • Part II. The Cost of Whiteness
  • Week 2.
  • Chapter 4. Get Out of Your Head
  • Listening without defensiveness and white tears
  • Chapter 5. Evening the Odds
  • Recognizing how you benefit from white privilege
  • Chapter 6. How White Women Betray Us
  • Upholding your adjacency to white men supports white supremacy
  • Part III. From Complicity to Action
  • Week 3.
  • Chapter 7. Words Aren't Enough
  • Transitioning to real anti-racism work
  • Chapter 8. Family and Friends
  • Influencing and educating your inner circle
  • Chapter 9. Don't Ignore Race
  • Navigating friendships with Black women
  • Part IV. Becoming a True Ally
  • Week 4.
  • Chapter 10. No Ally Theater
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of perfectionism and performative behavior
  • Chapter 11. Strategically Silent
  • Amplifying Black female voices and passing the mic
  • Conclusion
  • A long-term commitment
  • A Reading Group Guide
  • The White Allies Handbook
  • Further Reading
  • Places to Visit
  • Discussion Questions
Review by Library Journal Review

This book is meant as an active exercise in learning about the ways people of color have actively resisted racism, both historically, and currently and how to use that knowledge to move the world forward by actively confronting racism in society. Michelle, a librarian, has created a short and easily digestible book that discusses how to develop authentic relationships between people of different races, break out of comfort zones, and seriously consider what white privilege means. The book is a series of exercises for white people for learning to both listen to and work collaboratively with people of color. It also discusses how to hold racists accountable for their actions, and Michelle refuses to turn away from uncomfortable truths. She also encourages readers to keep an active journal and continually have conversations about race. The helpful Reading Group Guide contains a very good list of suggested readings and places to visit. VERDICT Recommended for reading groups looking for active discussions of racism. This book will help readers learn more about racism and its lasting effects on society.--Amy Lewontin

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A librarian and anti-racism educator offers would-be White allies lessons in how to lift up Black women and begin healing the cancer of American racism. For Whites serious about being allies to African Americans, "words aren't enough." Adding hashtags to a social media site or acknowledging that the Black Lives Matter movement is important does nothing to change the systemic injustices that Black Americans--and especially Black women--face every day. Michelle provides a step-by-step guide for committed Whites to evolve beyond race "fragility" and take the hard, sometimes painful actions the author sees as determinants of true allyship. She divides the book into four sections, each representing one week in an ally crash course. The first week begins with learning to recognize one's own racism and giving Black women the opportunity to take the lead in expressing their feelings, struggles, and discontents, no matter the discomfort on the part of allies. The next step consists of seeing and discussing how race privileges White people and how unexamined relationships with White men support White supremacy. White allies must then actively seek to educate friends, family, and everyone in their sphere about racism and be prepared to fight against push back. They must also use their privilege, especially in mixed-race groups, to prioritize Black women and grant them the space to speak their truths while inspiring other Whites to follow their lead. For every action she details, Michelle offers ideas for journaling and sharing with accountability partners, books and websites to (self-)educate, and starter questions for honest conversations in anti-racism "affinity groups." Though it focuses mostly on Black women, this timely, no-nonsense handbook offers an important blueprint for White allies to carry out the often uncomfortable but necessary work of promoting racial equality among all marginalized people. Michelle's work is a useful complement to Sophie Williams' Anti-Racist Ally and, for parents, Britt Hawthorne's Raising Antiracist Children. Welcome straight talk for a new age in race relations. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.