This book is powerful. It’s one of those reads that EVERYONE should read. Melissa Harris-Perry’s book: Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America is academic in the discourse of African-American women stereotypes and a sound introduction to the subject. Tamara Winfrey Harris takes this concept and creates an amazing down-to-earth, straight-forward, feel-good look narrative aimed at debunking stereotypical stories and statistics of black women.
I will read whatever Tamara Winfrey Harris puts out. She is an astounding writer. Let me tell you, my dad has two master’s degree (one in theology and the other in African-American studies), he is a baby boomer and he would not be ashamed to say he is sexist. I went to Chicago and left this book on the table while I was getting ready to go with my mom to the hair salon. My dad picked it up, (he said the title caught his attention) and started reading. I came out ready to go with my mom, and he told me that he needed to underline stuff in the book because he wanted to use it in his sermon. I was like like, you can’t do that, it’s a library book! His reply: "You need to order me this book." He starts getting his sermon voice, “BLACK WOMEN ARE ALL RIGHT.” I just go, “I know dad---you raised one.” I currently have ordered that book for him.
This book is my new favorite read of 2016. I’ll share a brief paragraph highlighted in the book. Even the chapters are titled in a very catchy way (i.e. Beauty: Pretty for a Black Girl).
That's just the tip of the iceburg. Delving into each chapter, made me go GURL, YES. Help me through my racial issues!
Here is a quote from the book I want to highlight from the book:
All women need to read this book. I recently took this cultural intelligence class and was not shocked at narrow views people had of other cultures. Reading out of your experience is just as important as finding things that is part of your experience. I would encourage any woman to read this book in order to confront or challenge any biases or deep seated societal fears.
Ya’ll, the sisters are alright.