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....
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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Reviews
Everyone, especially those who are both white & Christian Americans, should read this. But there are a few things that should be noted first:
1. Brown wrote this for POC first & white people last.
2. If you’re white, this will make you mad at some point. That’s okay. That’s the purpose. Growth comes through painful experience, & if painful things can’t be spoken, nothing will ever change.
3. There are a few curse words in this book. It’s fine.
4. If you come across a term or an event tha ...more
Short Review: Read it!
Slightly longer review: I'm Still Here is a memoir about the experience of a Black Woman within predominately White cultural spaces. She grew up in mostly White neighborhoods, going to mostly White schools. She didn't have her first Black teacher until college. She has mostly worked for Christian non-profits that were also mostly white. But being saturated in White culture does not change her appearance or make those that are inclined to judge her based on her gender and sk ...more
I wish I could give this ten stars.
A must-read, particularly for white people in Christian spaces. I'm having my 10 & 12 year old read it this summer.
Austin currently works for Calvin College, where I received my undergraduate degree. She's a prophetic speaker and writer who deeply loves God's people and expects better of us. Her book is accessible and honest, difficult and lovely.
If you're at all familiar with Austin Channing Brown, you know she is a gifted communicator as both a writer and speaker. I had high hopes for her first book and I was hooked from the first page. I had intended to only read the first few chapters and before I knew it, I chucked my plans for the day and wrapped myself up in the pages of Austin's story.
By the time I finished reading, I was even more in awe of Austin. I'm Still Here is truly phenomenal.
Austin shares how even her very name challenge ...more
I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown is a collection of essays that talk about her experiences growing up as an African America female. And no that isn't a typo. Austin is a woman who was given a traditionally white male name by her parents in the hopes that her life would be a little be easier when applying for jobs. Austin talks a lot about her upbringing in Toledo where she attended private school and lived in a predominantly white neighborhood. Not only does she mention how her upbringing ...more
Yeah, I'm going to need my own copy of this book so I can re-read it and mark it up. So many good truths in here.
There’s much for everyone to learn from this book—the black community, the Church, and the majority culture. It’s eye-opening for those who choose to see, educational for those willing to learn, and inspiring for those ready to act.
My full review: https://thewitnessbcc.com/review-im-s...
*An advance copy of this book was provided to me for free by the publisher for the purpose of writing this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.