Book review of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness By Austin Channing Brown; Debut Novel
From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America.

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Luxurious Blu says:

I live for the channel name. I’m subscribing for that, and because of what you have to say on books.
And that church you used to go to, they didn’t have enough Jesus if they were saying that’s all that had to be done about the injustices black people and marginalized communities face. Rude.

Talking Leaves says:

I wan to read this and use it to reflect on my own church going experience. I also attended a church where the pastoral staff did not represent the diversity of the congregation. It wasn’t until the 2016 election and I saw people who I thought were friends post some truly hurtful comments about race and particularly black people. I on two instances tried to inform them of how their views where misinformed and made me feel as a poc. And I also made the pastor aware of how I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable. But by the time I left the church there was no action taken or message preached about the racial tension in our area of Kansas City. That’s when I left and found a new Church where the Pastoral staff seems to welcome diversity. And there’s actual race and reconciliation preach from the pulpit. It can at times make for some uncomfortable moments but people aren’t afraid to have these conversations it’s a really hash it out.

ONYX Pages says:

First, your hair is beautiful! Great video.

WhyThereAreNoBlackStarsInTheSky says:

New Sub!! Love your scarf

Butterflies from B's says:

When books like these spark certain things in our hearts and minds, I wonder what we’re supposed to do with them in order to effect change. I presume that is one of the reasons the authors tend to write them, hoping that someone will talk about it with another person and start the ball rolling.

Sometimes I wonder about this intersection between booktuber/black person/woman state we’re in and what it means about how we affect change in this space we occupy on YouTube. All we want to do is talk about literature and hot-button issues can turn into distractions so that our core message is lost. On the other hand… silence? It doesn’t seem to be the answer.

Thank you for sharing this book and the thought-provoking discussion. Thank you for sharing your stories with us as well.

Melanin Eclectic says:

New sub here!!! When i tell you I am so happy for find another black sister booktuber!!!! We have to do a TBR collab soon. I’ve watched all your recent reviews. We feel the same way about POET X!!!!

AnimaKim says:

I read this book also a few months back and enjoyed your review. There were so many lessons in this book — I read a library copy but I will need my own copy so that I can reread and highlight. I was shaking my head in agreement with much of what Austin Channing Brown wrote.

I think my major takeaway is that we (Black people) need justice before we can have reconciliation.

Vamps Rock says:

I’ve seen some people call Racism (capitalised deliberately) a disease and at first it confused me. But the more I think about it, the more that makes so much sense. Like any disease, the first move towards healing is admitting there’s a problem. And that is one of the reasons why it’s still such a huge issue today; those that need to admit the problem, simply deny it, and not just that they mock and scoff at the idea. And this also rings true within organised religions as well as thw wider society. It makes me so sad to think that when you go to church you are still not always immune from this disease.

I’m a lapsed catholic (yes, problematic for so many ways incl. that it aided the destruction of many societies across the world with Racism and “missionaries”), but am adding this book to my TBR as I may go to mass again one day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your experiences.

Reflectionofdes says:

The book sounds interesting. This is my first time hearing about this book.

Marie S says:

I shed a tear when you said we wouldn’t see the results in our lifetime. But I agree, we should try to make the world a better place for the generations to come. I enjoyed that you share your story with that church.

Sweet_T_ Reads says:

Thank you for sharing this book. I am very interested to read this. As a Christian, I want to live like Jesus and love and respect others the way he does. But to be honest I don’t even know where to begin sometimes. I’m going to see if my local library has this and make sure to put it on my tbr list for this year. This sounds like a book I will really need to sit down and put all my attention to it so I want to make sure I read it a time when I can truly dive deep and reflect on what it is saying.

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