Me and White Supremacy - Layla F. Saad – 2020
Originally as a set of challenges posted on Instagram in 2018 across 28 days, the 2020 published book serves the same purpose in providing a roadmap to challenge personal values and beliefs and provide the tools to combat racism.
Layla Saad is an author, speaker & teacher on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation & social change. She has over 700,000 Instagram followers, has posted more than 3000 times and had 100,000 downloads of the challenge in under six months, impressive numbers.
The book uses a combination of short powerful messages to deconstruct and rebuild beliefs that start to equip the individual with the knowledge to make a positive difference to racial equality. Journaling is core to this course and expect to take an hour each day answering questions that are not always comfortable. There is a comprehensive section on completing the course as a group that I would thoroughly recommend.
Listen, Follow and Do the Work without Reward I took away as key personal messages.
I am a white Professional Garden Photographer based in the UK and this is my initial pledge on allyship using Amelie Lamont’s wise words from her published guide.
Take on the struggle as your own.
Transfer the benefits of your privilege to those who lack it.
Amplify voices of the oppressed before your own.
Acknowledge that even though you feel pain, the conversation is not about you.
Stand up, even when you feel scared.
Own your mistakes and de-centre yourself.
Understand that your education is up to you and no one else.
Feel free to tap me on the shoulder when our paths cross and ask for a progress update.
I’ll finish with a quote, that having delivered project change for many years rang very true.
“There is no social change fairy. There is only change made by the hand of individuals”.