In an effort to get back to the blogging and reading world, I thought I would share what I’m currently reading. I am actually in the middle of a bunch of books but I’m only going to tell you two that I’m more into and will (hopefully) finish in the next few days.
Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan
Goodreads Summary: Jasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine’s response to the racial macroaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.
Thoughts: (73%)- Although I love the messages of the book, this seems a bit too much and straightforward for my taste. I feel as though there are too many books that this book is trying to tackle but it fails to have a cohesive plot or message. This is definitely tailored to a younger audience which I think they will find more of an appreciation for the book. I will be doing a more in-depth review of this one when I finish so look out for that post in the next few weeks.
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword)
Goodreads Summary: Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin’s killer went free, Patrisse’s outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin. Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering in equality and a movement fueled by her strength and love to tell the country—and the world—that Black Lives Matter.
Thoughts: (50%)– It’s interesting to learn about Patrisse Khan Cullors life and how her personal experience shaped why she fights for equality and equity for black people. This book ties in not just police brutality we see on TV but also the treatment of black people in prisons, especially for those who suffer from a mental illness. So far it’s an empowering read!
Have you read any of these books?