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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

7 minutes

A Black Lives Matter leader shares her experiences with racism in hopes of ending it.

<p>As the face of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Khan-Cullors understands the intersections of privilege, violence, and racism that manifest routinely in our culture. In her memoir, she reflects on the events leading up to her unwanted status in the public eye and what these events have to teach us about equality — or the lack thereof — in the world today. Her insights are more relevant than ever, as they teach us not only that black lives, but all lives matter.</p>

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  • Want to know more about the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Are passionate about ending racism
  • Are interested in hearing personal stories that offer different perspectives
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Black Lives Matter has been erroneously criticized for flipping the scales of race by replacing white privilege with black. But this is an unfair assessment, as the purpose of the movement has never been to overcompensate for centuries of black oppression by claiming supremacy over whites; rather, Black Lives Matter is designed and upheld to show that everyone is important.

Yet as reflected in the title of her memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist, blackness has been attacked with the vitriol more often reserved for radical violence. Indeed, the same rhetoric that justifies...

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