When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

When They Call You a Terrorist

A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Del...

Details When They Call You a Terrorist

TitleWhen They Call You a Terrorist
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Race, Social Movements, Social Justice, Politics

Reviews When They Call You a Terrorist

  • Victoria Schwab
    Oh man, a difficult, but powerful book.
  • Dawn Michelle
    I am not black. I am not queer. I am not a former prisoner, have never been in jail or had family in jail. I grew up poor, but I have no idea. No. Idea. Whatsoever. I have never had family ripped from their beds by police in the middle of the night just because they "might" fit the profile of someone the police are looking for. I was [nor were any of my friends] never thrown in jail just for hanging out together. I have never been shot at just...
  • Kate Olson
    A heartbreaking read. I was expecting the whole book to be about the immediate genesis of #blacklivesmatter, but it is really a true memoir in the sense that it gives Khan-Cullors' life story and how the horrors that befell her family and community led to this work. It opened my eyes, and while I used to consider myself fairly knowledgeable on this topic, this book humbled me and reminded me I do NOT really know. It also taught me just how divers...
  • MissFabularian
    When They Call You a Terrorist is a soon to be classic in black literary thought and canon. This is a stunning memoir that poignantly captures the vitality of Patrisse and her family's strong spirit and determination struggling against brutal and relentless injustice. bandele's signature writing style is prevalent and gives Khan-Cullors narrative an almost poetic feel. This memoir packs all of the fire, all the receipts and brings down the full w...
  • Raymond
    This memoir is beautifully written. Patrisse Khan-Cullors is one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. This book is her story. It is about the effects of mass incarceration and the war on drugs, all on this one woman and her family. Patrisse lived under all these pressures. It is not surprising that she became an activist when you see what she lived through. This book is not a story of a terrorist as some have called BLM activists. ...
  • Stacie C
    When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele We live in a world where we need to tell people that Black Lives Matter. It’s not meant to say other lives don’t matter, we simply need to address that Black lives do in fact matter and their deaths, murders and killings should be addressed, their lives should be whole and they shouldn’t be forced to live in fear. This book isn’t a discus...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Originally published at TheBibliophage.When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors absolutely gutted me. I couldn’t breathe in so many parts of the book. I was holding my breath in sorrow, anger, outrage. With all this, you should know that I’m not a particularly emotional reader. I cry while reading maybe once a year. And this book was a punch in the gut and a wake up call. It did the opposite of making me cry—it made me angry....
  • Rachel
    I liked it, but I wanted more. Just when I thought it was going to get really deep, I felt like the substance pulled back. The writing was pretty and poetic, and at times brought tears to my eyes, but also at certain points became choppy and repetitive. The memoir was organized in a haphazard way, jumping back and forth through time. That may not bother another reader. When I got to the end of the book, I wanted more detail about the Black Lives ...
  • Kend
    I received an ARC of this book yesterday morning in the mail, thinking that I would just take a peek inside before finishing my homework last night. Well, I didn't finish my homework. But I did finish this book, and while I'm not in any position to comment with authority on the Black Lives Matter movement (I'm blindingly white), I needed this book. After all, there are loads of misconceptions about what it means to grow up black—and female, and...
  • Lisa Kentgen
    I could not recommend this book more highly.Because it was evocative on so many levels, it is difficult to review. Maybe the best way is to acknowledge that I read it with trepidation because, while I felt like it was important to read, I have felt overwhelmed with how broken and wounded our country is in general. Yet from the first few pages of the introduction I knew how important this book is to read. I thought I was pretty aware of the impact...
  • Chanda Prescod-weinstein
    I think this book is critically important, and I especially want every white person to read it. But my feelings about it were also complicated.Message: 5 starsHistory: 3-4 starsWriting style (this is really not terribly important at the end of the day for a book with this kind of content): 4 starsThe message is incredibly important: the #BlackLivesMatter movement came into existence because American white supremacy is effectively a Black Lives Do...
  • Megan Rogers
    when they call you a terrorist is a recounting of the life of one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, and many of the experiences that led up to BLM and subsequent actions that the movement has participated in and led thus far. I consider myself to be fairly aware of BLM, and black history but I have learned so much from this memoir. I have realized even more of my privilege as a white woman in the US. Even in my times of poverty, I've never b...
  • J Beckett
    When They Call you a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir isn't like most memoirs. The emphasis, despite the title, is not solely on the BLM movement, instead, it builds the reason for creation and existence BLM through the life experiences of the co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors. As it is not my practice, commonly, to give a synopsis of the book or provide spoilers that may deter interested readers, I will keep it simple and to the point. Khan...
  • Gabriella
    So, I want to start this review by saying how much I appreciate the incredible dedication Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele have to black people both in and outside of this country. I had the pleasure of hearing Khan-Cullors speak back in my freshman year of college, and so when I found out she was releasing a memoir, it was quickly added to my TBR.When They Call You a Terrorist is an incredibly brave book, filled with deeply personal experi...
  • Lynecia
  • Barbara
    Khan-Cullors is a co-founder with Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza of the Black Lives Matter movement. She was already deeply involved in community movements fighting oppression including police violence. I finished this book 6 days after it was released. It was compelling and exceptional. It is so fitting that the story of Black Lives Matter be told through the life of Patrisse Khan-Cullors. It carries a force that can only be conveyed through a fir...
  • Lena Irish
    I got so much life from reading this book! It reads as a memoir but also very informative account of how Black Lives Matter got started as a result of how the author's brother with special needs was treated by the prison system in L.A. County. That was the catalyst to her being made aware of all the injustice that is felt in the black community by some members of law enforcement and the judicial system. I was made more aware of how corporate Amer...
  • N.
    Memoirs can be painful to read, light-hearted, or a blend. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors is of the "rip your heart out and stomp on it" variety because, oh my gosh, what this book says about how we treat people in America is absolutely horrifying and heartbreaking. Beginning with her childhood in the Los Angeles area, the author describes what it was like to grow up impoverished, hungry, black, constantly dogged by law e...
  • Anna
    Patrisse Khan-Cullors gives you the horrifying truth and heartbreaking reality of how we people of color are treated in America in her memoir When they call you a terrorist. Split into two parts we start off with Patrisse's childhood in Los Angeles. She provides a view of what it was like to grow up impoverished , black, consistently bullied by law enforcement, and being a latchkey kid. With a mother working multiple jobs just to get by and a fat...
  • Beverly
    thoughts coming shortly
  • Morgan Gayle
    Audiobook listen
  • Betty
    When I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. Like so many others, I have often watched the news in horror when yet another African-American man or woman (or worse, a child) has been killed without provocation, when they were doing nothing wrong. It was horrible enough when the killer was just a regular citizen, but the horror I felt increased ten-fold when their deaths came at the hands of police officers—someone who is meant to serve...
  • Nadine
    This memoir is infuriating, emotional, and thought provoking because Khan-Cullors is unapologetic in her writing of events that have happened to herself and those around her. When They Call You a Terrorist is a stark look at what it looks like to grow up in a society that sees your skin colour first and implements every trick in the book to disenfranchise you and everyone who looks like you.I went into this memoir thinking it would be a detailed ...
  • Rebecca McPhedran
    An amazing reflection of the state of our union. Told with poetry and heart. This is Patrisse Khan-Cullors monitor, and her call to action. This is her love story to absent fathers, absent brothers, who from their youth are punished and sent through the criminal justice system because of the color of their skin. This is her love story to hardworking mothers, who are seen as disposable, work three jobs, and are unable to provide for their children...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    The title of this book is a bit misleading- it isn’t really about the BLM movement so much as it is about her motivations in starting it. This is a memoir detailing her family’s struggles with the legal system and the police in particular. Some of it is heartbreaking, but it helps you get a better sense of what the movement is fighting for. A lot of her personal background with respect to her family relationships and her partners is also incl...
  • Ariel ✨
    I read this in one day. Patrisse Khan-Cullors does an excellent job of honoring the people in her life who impacted her and made a movement like the one she helped create possible.I expected to learn a lot when I picked up this book, and I did. I didn't know people who lived in Section 8 housing weren't allowed to live with individuals with felony convictions even of those individuals were family members who were unable to care for themselves , ...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    This book will not be an easy read. Not because it is written in a difficult to understand manner, but because the lives spoken of haven’t been easy. So, if you get squeamish easy, then this book isn’t for you. This book is about the world and how it is, how it always was – how racism is so deep-rooted that it might take ages before it is wiped out completely. And yet, this book does not only deal with the issue of racism or schizoaffective...
  • Alison
    This is a really important book, but by the end I had to force myself to finish it because the writing style drove me up the damn wall. It's overly fancy - everything is mystical and beautiful and that gets really boring - and yet also written in choppy sentences that make it hard to follow. And I got really tired of the stories of her love life; I appreciated much more the beginning of the book, detailing the life and effects of growing up poor ...
  • Ran
    This book is a powerful memoir of Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the founding activists behind Black Lives Matter. Rooted in her community, family, and friends, Khan-Cullors expresses such love despite living in fear and under oppression as African Americans experience in the United States. Her family’s story examines the place of black men in America, the discrimination of the criminal justice system, the need for community in struggling with m...