A New York Times Bestseller An unflinching account of what it means to be a young black man in America today, and how the existing script for black manhood is being rewritten in one of the most fascinating periods of American history. How do you learn to be a black man in America? For young black men today, it means coming of age during the presidency of Barack Obama. It means witnessing the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and too many more. It means celebrating powerful moments of black self-determination for LeBron James, Dave Chappelle, and Frank Ocean. In Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith chronicles his own personal and political education during these tumultuous years, describing his efforts to come into his own in a world that denied his humanity. Smith unapologetically upends reigning assumptions about black masculinity, rewriting the script for black manhood so that depression and anxiety aren't considered taboo, and feminism and LGBTQ rights become part of the fight. The questions Smith asks in this book are urgent--for him, for the martyrs and the tokens, and for the Trayvons that could have been and are still waiting.
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Brave, clear-eyed, and passionate, Stakes Is High is the book we need to guide us past crisis mode and through an uncertain future. The events of the past decade have forced us to reckon with who we are and who we want to be. We have been invested in a set of beliefs about our American identity: our exceptionalism, the inevitable rightness of our path, the promise that hard work and determination will carry us to freedom. But in Stakes Is High, Mychal Denzel Smith confronts the shortcomings of these stories--and with the American Dream itself--and calls on us to live up to the principles we profess but fail to realize. In a series of incisive essays, Smith exposes the stark contradictions at the heart of American life, holding all of us, individually and as a nation, to account. We've gotten used to looking away, but the fissures and casual violence of institutional oppression are ever-present. There is a future that is not as grim as our past. In this profound work, Smith helps us envision it with care, honesty, and imagination.
A leading text for courses that go beyond the basics of family systems theory, intervention techniques, and diversity, this influential work has now been significantly revised with 65% new material. The volume explores how family relationships--and therapy itself--are profoundly shaped by race, social class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and other intersecting dimensions of marginalization and privilege. Chapters from leading experts guide the practitioner to challenge assumptions about family health and pathology, understand the psychosocial impact of oppression, and tap into clients' cultural resources for healing. Practical clinical strategies are interwoven with theoretical insights, case examples, training ideas, and therapists' reflections on their own cultural and family legacies. ÿ New to This Edition *Existing chapters have been thoroughly updated and 21 chapters added, expanding the perspectives in the book. ÿ *Reflects over a decade of theoretical and clinical advances and the growing diversity of the United States. *New sections on re-visioning clinical research, trauma and psychological homelessness, and larger systems.ÿÿ
The essential guide to understanding how racism works and how racial inequality shapes black lives, ultimately offering a road-map for resistance for racial justice advocates and antiracists When #BlackLivesMatter went viral in 2013, it shed a light on the urgent, daily struggles of black Americans to combat racial injustice. The message resonated with millions across the country. Yet many of our political, social, and economic institutions are still embedded with racist policies and practices that devalue black lives. Stay Woke directly addresses these stark injustices and builds on the lessons of racial inequality and intersectionality the Black Lives Matter movement has challenged its fellow citizens to learn. In this essential primer, Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith inspire readers to address the pressing issues of racial inequality, and provide a basic toolkit that will equip readers to become knowledgeable participants in public debate, activism, and politics. This book offers a clear vision of a racially just society, and shows just how far we still need to go to achieve this reality. From activists to students to the average citizen, Stay Woke empowers all readers to work toward a better future for black Americans.
In the summer of 2002, a serial killer terrorized the streets of Baton Rouge, targeting successful women, and the investigation that ensued was thwarted by the wrong profile, forcing police to use old-fashioned methods to bring the real culprit to justice. Original.
Breaking open a fascinating new dialogue on the situation in occupied Palestinian territories, this personal account presents a South African perspective that is complemented by striking color photographs. Author and photographer Mats Svensson began work in Jerusalem with Swedish development assistance and quickly realized that the world he had wandered into was far worse off than what he had read. Through the lens of his camera and captured in his own words, he documents the daily horrors that he witnessed during long treks through occupied territory. This chronicle provides valuable depth to an issue that news articles abroad only scratch the surface of—what it is truly like to live amidst the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
I grew large yet I shrunk small. I rose up yet I shrunk down low. I knew this feeling well, I was entering the dream world. I stood outside of the cave of a thousand eyes and I began to feel rain pouring down on me. I lifted my hand and looked at it and it was then that I realized I was not being covered with rain drops, I was being covered with blood and this blood was that of my people that was shed during the battle to keep our homeland. The legendary battle of the removal of the Cherokee known as the Trail of Tears. Although I stand as one spirit I have lived many lifetimes. Past meets present and present meets the past. I entered the dream world hoping to find the answer and knowing I had fought many battles with the evil one and it always begins the same way, by entering the dream world where my spirit guide Nonauma awaits for the past and the present to merge and become stronger, stronger for the battle between good and evil. The dream world is universal, all beings go there but there are those few who stay longer sometimes hours,sometimes days yet have only closed their eyes for a moment. Morning Star and Olivia posses this gift and although they are two separate people they have one thing in common, they share the same spirit. Morning Star is Olivia’s past life and Olivia is Morning Stars’ future life. Together they must battle an angry entity simply called the evil one. The evil one will do anything to capture and keep the girls gift of sight. With this power he can rule many people, therefore making it easier to cause chaos and disaster. The evil one controls the bees and snakes and he uses them all to try and get an upper hand on the girls. He is much like the coyote, full of trickery. But there is one rule that even he must follow and that is he can not take this gift away from either girl they must give it to him out of their own free will. Both girls are born with a marking upon their palm, a perfect medicine wheel and this mark holds the key that can destroy the evil one. Who is the dream and who is the dreamer? Well, that is for you, the reader to decide. Although the girls are from different eras, their battle has not changed. The dream world is mystical and magical and it is a place with no boundaries. At times it is hard for both girls to know whether they are in the good dream world or the world of bad dreams where the evil one lurks, waiting for the right time to deceive the girls. Their battles are legendary amongst Morning Stars’ people but in Olivia’s world, she stands alone, isolated within the truth and it is only in the dream world that she finds freedom to use her gift without any worries of being different.
This is the book to put into the hands of seekers. With disarming candor (and no "churchspeak"), White explores the basics of the Christian faith.