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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir


When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

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4.5/5 (437 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
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Released:
Jan 16, 2018
ISBN:
9781427294739
Format:
Audiobook

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The importance of solidarity & healing…

This eloquent memoir interweaves Khan-Cullors’ experiences growing up in southern California with a social commentary about the Black Lives Matter movement (which Khan-Cullors helped found), where we are now, and where we can go from here.

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The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele is the essential audiobook for every conscientious American.

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic audiobook memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors' story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful.

In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 16, 2018
ISBN:
9781427294739
Format:
Audiobook

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  • This eloquent memoir interweaves Khan-Cullors' experiences growing up in Southern California with a social commentary about the Black Lives Matter movement (which Khan-Cullors helped found), where we are now, and where we can go from here.

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  • This timely, eloquent memoir from Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Khan-Cullors interweaves her experiences growing up in southern California with a social commentary about the BLM movement, where we are now, and where we can go from here.

    Scribd Editors

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  • (5/5)
    This was such an incredible, important book. Patrisse Cullors is one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. This memoir explains how her life's experiences led to this role.She grew up in a poor area of Los Angeles where laws made it incredibly difficult for Blacks in this country to lead successful lives. Children were stopped and frisked, people were imprisoned for small crimes, wages were low, rents were high, men were missing. She speaks of prisons where inmates are tortured, mentally ill are mistreated, and fear is rampant.Patrisse had some very positive experiences particularly in a school she attended. As a teen she was able to develop her skills as an organizer. Working in small communities and large she helped others to effect change. Black Lives Matter was a reaction to the unbelievable actions following Trayvon Martin's murder, Michael Brown's killing by an uncharged White policeman, and Sandra Bland's questionable suicide among others.Much of this memoir focuses on Patrisse's family and family of friends. I recommend this to all looking for greater insight into the Black experience in America.
  • (5/5)
    The author is one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.She vividly recounts her childhood, where black teenagers and men in her neighborhood were routinely questioned and harassed by police. She also describes how her father was in and out of prison, destabilizing the family.The final straw, however, was when her brother, diagnosed with bipolar disorder but off his medicine, was in a minor traffic accident. Because he yelled at the other driver, a white woman, he was charged with terroristic activity and imprisoned.She vividly explores the prison system, with its over-representation of black men.“Prisoners are valuable. They not only work for pennies for the corporate brands our people love so much, but they also provide jobs for mostly poor white people, replacing the jobs lost in rural communities. Poor white people who are chosen to be guards. They run the motels in prison towns where families have to stay when they make 11 hour drives into rural corners of the state. They deliver the microwave food we have to buy from the prison vending machines.” p 44“There are more people with mental health disorders in prison than in all of the psychiatric hospitals in the United States added up. In 2015, the Washington Post reported that'American prisons and jails housed an estimated 356,258 [people] with severe mental illness. . . [a] figure [that] is more than 10 times the number of mentally ill patients in state psychiatric hospitals [in 2012, the last year for reliable data] . . . about 35,000 people.' ” p 61And finally, she recounts how she herself, was labeled as a terrorist and had police bursting into her quiet home due to her work in organizing Black Lives Matter.This is an eye, opening, important book; it's another one very valuable for those wanting to get beyond their white bubble and have a better understanding of black life in America today.
  • (5/5)
    This is a passionate, moving memoir about racism. It's a heartbreaking, but common story, of poverty, excessive police surveillance, everyday prejudice, and hopelessness. There are many conditions of black lives that are not commonly known, making this book a must-read, but not an easy one.Along with friends, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, Khan-Cullors founded Black Lives Matter in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
  • (4/5)
    Best for: Those who enjoy deeply personal memoirs.In a nutshell: Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors shares the story of her life so far, including her work as an activist, artist, and founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.Worth quoting: “For us, law enforcement had nothing to do with protecting and serving, but controlling and containing the movement of children.”“My father attended schools that did little more than train him to serve another man’s dreams, ensure another man’s wealth, produce another man’s vision.”“What is the impact of not being valued?”“No isolated acts of decency could wholly change an organization that became an institution that was created not to protect but to catch, control and kill us.”Why I chose it: I enjoy memoirs, and I feel like I don’t know enough about the woman who started the Black Lives Matter movement.Lollygagger’s Review:At times over the past five years, it can seem that Black Lives Matter spontaneously erupted out of the anger at police violence against Black men, women and children. But BLM didn’t just appear from the ether; it was created by three Black women: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and Opal Tometi. These women have stories that deserve to be shared, and this book provides insight into the lives of one of these women.The subheading “A Black Lives Matter Memoir” might suggest that there will be a heavy emphasis on the time in 2013 when the movement began. And that definitely gets coverage, but this book is more about Ms. Khan-Cullors’s life and how that leads to the movement. She shares so much of herself — her pain, her joy, her love, her anger. Some memoirs scratch the surface and present something that feels a bit false. Not here. Ms. Khan-Cullors is vulnerable, and poetic, and unapologetic. She describes experiences that no one should have to go through, making it clear that these experiences are not unique to her. This book contains so much more than its 250 pages suggest. The writing is fantastic, in a style I am not used to. I’d almost call it flowery, but that implies the words are superfluous. It’s not that. It’s almost lyrical, poetic and times. Ms. Khan-Cullors (with co-author bandele) covers interactions with the police (her own interactions, and interactions her families and friends have), what it is like to have a parent in prison, what it is like to have a sibling with mental illness who is tortured by the prison system. What it is like to not be heard, and what it is like to find a way to fight back.
  • (4/5)
    Incredibly powerful. I learned so much more about the origins about the movement that I never knew.
  • (4/5)
    There's a lot of misinformation floating around about the Black Lives Matter movement, some of it clearly intended to discredit their push to hold law enforcement accountable and to draw attention to serious issues, but also some based on inadequate reporting and system bias. When They Call You a Terrorist is a memoir by one of the three women who founded Black Lives Matters and her account of her own life, as well as of the beginning months of Black Lives Matter is a good start to learning about what is really happening.Patrisse Khan-Cullors grew up in Van Nuys, California, a part of greater Los Angeles inhabited by low income and middle class Hispanic and black people. The father who was around during her childhood had had a good job at an auto manufacturing plant, a job which gave him both a solid paycheck and a sense of pride. When the plant closed, the only work he could find was intermittent and badly paid, which put strain on his family and he eventually left. When They Call You a Terrorist is both starkly honest and clear in depicting how policies and events had direct impact on her family -- here showing how changes in manufacturing hurt not just white people, but also other members of the working class. Throughout the book, Khan-Cullors shows through incidents that shaped her own life, how mental illness is treated when the person suffering is a young black man of limited means, how the policing of young black boys is harmful, how housing policy hurts families, how hard it is to navigate life as both a black woman and as a queer woman and how a person raised in this environment can nonetheless rise into becoming a community activist and how important that role is.I learned quite a bit from this book, but I also enjoyed reading about Khan-Cullors herself and how her life shaped who she is today.