With all that has been coming to light lately with other races, I have been trying to read more about what it means to be Anti-Racist and an ally. I never really realized how much white privilege there is out there and how much of it I had benefited from until I started doing more of a deep dive into reading about racism. This is a short book and is a relatively quick read – which I liked. Everything was broke down into small, easy to digest sections to make me think and figure out ways to react. I am honestly not sure I will every fully be Anti-Racist, but that doesn’t mean I won’t continue to work towards it and continue trying to make progress. I also liked that the end of the book had a list of other related books to read. With this one being so short, if I wanted to take a deeper look into other similar topics, I have a list of them all right at my fingertips.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
Join the fight for racially marginalized people with this pocket-sized guide filled with practical insights from one of the leading voices of the movement for equality and founder of the @officialmillennialblack Instagram.
As the tragic murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement has demonstrated, not being racist is not enough. To fulfill the American ideal, to ensure that all people are equal, you must be actively anti-racist.
In this essential guide, Sophie Williams, goes beyond her popular Instagram @officialmillennialblack, providing sharp, simple, and insightful steps anyone can take to be a better ally in the fight against racism. While the book’s focus is on race, it also touches on sexism, classism, ableism, oppression, and white supremacy.
Written in her iconic Instagram style, this pocket-sized guide is a crucial starting point for every anti-racist ally, covering complex topics at the heart of anti-racist principles. Whether you are just finding your voice, have made a start but aren’t sure what to do next, or want a fresh viewpoint, Anti-Racist Ally introduces and explains the language of change and shows you how to challenge the system, beginning with yourself. Sophie reminds you that this is a learning process, which means facing difficult truths, becoming uncomfortable, and working through the embarrassment and discomfort.
The fight for justice isn’t easy there aren’t any shortcuts or quick wins. But together, anti-racist allies can use their power to truly change the world and lives.