Charlene Carruthers' incredible book: Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

Charlene Carruthers'  Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements is a brilliant, radical manisfesto for radical change in the U.S.!  Carruthers speaks clearly, speaking positively of many others who have influenced her positively.   While her concerns are primarily for Black people, and particularly for women, her ideas and examples are inclusive and recognizing the positive influences of a quite varied group of people including white men such as Saul Alinsky.  

This book is a perfect complement to Paul Tough's The Years That Matter the Most, a "liberal" (though radical) book from a het white male.   Both books make clear of the need for major change that won't happen incrementally.

Charlene Carruthers is a brilliant 33 year old woman who can easily make those of us who are "different"  - e.g. white, male, het, upper-middle class, older - uncomfortable.   It is a good discomfort, because we can't easily distance ourselves from her message.   She forces us to take her words in and seriously consider her perspective.

She talks a lot about BYP100, which she helped build as well as the problems faced by Black people in Chicago, as well as her work for The Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation.    

I think that this is an excellent book for anyone to read who wants to understand the intersectionality of racism, sexism, classism and homophobia.   It is a particularly good book for white men to read!


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