When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandela
The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born.
From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic 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 Bandela seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.
"There is suddenly a disturbance, and I look up, we all do, which is when we see what has been done to my brother. Monte is in a full psychotic break. He is yelling and talking to himself. Monte's presence in the courtroom is roughly the equivalent of dragging someone before a judge who has just been shot in the face and expecting that that person will somehow be able to be an active participant in the proceedings. It's a stunning betrayal of human dignity, of the words And Justice For All. "
I honestly do not know where to start after reading this book. This book made me uncomfortable, angry and heartbroken. When They Call You a Terrorist is an in-depth look at the authors lives and how the Black Lives Matter movement came to be. I think this book is an excellent catalyst for the hard conversations about race that we so desperately need to have. If you are the slightest bit interested in gaining some perspective about what the prison system is like for African Americans and those who suffer from all manner of mental illnesses, or if you are interested in knowing the story that is so much more than a hashtag, then I URGE YOU to go to your local bookstore and pick this book up today. Huge thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with this arc in exchange for my honest review.