Layla F Saad’s ‘Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor’ is based on Saad’s Instagram Challenge ‘#meandwhitesupremacy’, which aimed to take white people through a 28-day reflection on racism, the internalisation and embodiment of it and how they can reconstruct their identities and relationship with white supremacy.
Me and White Supremacy is an accessible way to teach readers how to dismantle their own privilege, so that they can stop (consciously or most of the time unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of colour, particularly Black people, and in turn teach other white people how to do better.
We have heard the phrase ‘do better’ so much recently and Saad’s book gives you the foundations for it. So it’s a must read, right? It is! But you shouldn’t go into this book without being willing to dissect each chapter and take the time to reflect on yourself. Each chapter has around 3 to 9 reflective questions, allowing readers to actually engage with the texts. The main aims of the book are understanding where white supremacy and privilege have come from; unpacking internalised habits and behaviours which we hold and unlearning these traits.
It’s also not a book to act as a starting point to learn about racism, the point of it is to help deconstruct internalised racism. As a POC, I know I’m not the target audience for this, but I still found this super helpful in terms of the information spread throughout the book and it’s a fab resource to share with other allies. I personally got the most out of this when I read it alongside 'Stamped From The Beginning' and 'How To Be Anti-Racist' by Ibram X. Kendi, as I was able to contextualise information in a more comprehensive way.
We all know hard work needs to be done and this is a great place to start. It isn’t easy to look in the mirror and realise our flaws but being aware of them is the first step to making progress. Use ‘Me and White Supremacy’ as a tool to find a deeper understanding of white supremacy and racism, and use it to go forward into a lifelong journey of anti-racism.