This is a difficult book to write a review of because your experience with Me and White Supremacy will largely depend on how you approach it. This is a 28-day workbook, designed to encourage the reader to journal and ponder deeply as you approach various issues of white supremacy and how it manifests in the world today and your own life. It’s designed to be a deep look at your own white privilege and how you can dismantle racism around you and within yourself.
Saad is a Black, Muslim woman who has lived in the U.K. and the Middle East. What began as an Instagram series has become this book. Each day ends with questions and this is where the real work is done. You can skim over the book and maybe learn something or you can truly sit and ponder the reality of white privilege.
I borrowed a copy of Me and White Supremacy from my library and so had 21 days in which to read this 28-day workbook. While Saad does specify that you can take more or less time to work through the book and I was able to finish it in the 21 days, I did feel rushed. As well, I think this would be a book you’d want to return to and so I would say it’s worth buying.
While many of the concepts and issues that Saad addresses were ones I was at least passingly familiar with, it felt very different to sit and think about them in relation to myself. It’s one thing to recognize the flaws with white feminism, for example, but another to think about where I personally have failed to support an intersectional feminism. One of the phrases that Saad uses in the book is “being a good ancestor”. The idea being that we change now for the sake of future generations. It’s a reminder of the power that can lie in simple actions and the importance of truly tackling racism and white supremacy, even when we might think we’re doing okay.
If this is work that interests you, Saad’s book is a great resource for starting or going deeper.