The author's first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when her parents told her they named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. She grew up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, and has spent her life navigating America's racial divide as a writer, a speaker, and an expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. While so many institutions claim to value diversity in their mission statements, many fall short of matching actions to words. Brown highlights how white middle-class evangelicalism has participated in the rise of racial hostility, and encourages the reader to confront apathy and recognize God's ongoing work in the world.
Austin Channing Brown, more women than your Momma will be reading this book.
Brown approaches the topic of racial injustice through her personal experience as a Christian. She encourages you to think critically about what you see and Re that as a white person, this is NOT about you. A wonderful read.
“It is haunting work
A quick read and highly recommended.
Austin’s parents picked her name
Considering the horrific news of Atatiana Jefferson’s murder, I’m typing this excerpt from the book: “And so hope for me has died one thousand deaths. I hoped that friend would get it, but hope died. I hoped that person would be my ally for life, but hope died. I hoped that my organization really desired change, but hope died. I hoped I’d be treated with the full respect I deserve at my job, but hope died. I hoped that racist policies would change, and just policies would never be reversed, but hope died. I hoped the perpetrator in uniform would be brought to justice this time, but hope died. I hoped history would stop repeating itself, but hope died. I hoped things would be better for my children, but hope died.” This is from a very difficult part of the book, but it runs the range of emotions. As she writes “I had to learn to love Blackness.” In her story she shares times of joy, anger, humor, and bravery.
In a way she’s like the Christian woman Malcolm X. I don’t say that as someone who makes a monster out of
I don’t pretend to have the answers to her anguished questions.
Reading this book is just one tiny step for white allies looking to pick up a shovel and start that work.