When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

When They Call You a Terrorist

The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born.From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors' story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America...

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, Biography Memoir, Biography

Reviews When They Call You a Terrorist

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jesica DeHart
    Read this book and commit the experience of reading it to memory. #blacklivesmatter is not just a hashtag or a movement but it is an anguished plea to stare reality in the face and acknowledge its existence.
  • 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...
  • Brenda Ayala
    Black Lives Matter will not be known as a terrorist group. When it makes it into the history books, it will be known as a movement to decrease prejudices and raise awareness of institutionalized racism.The author does a great job of balancing this book with its position as a memoir and a call to arms. It’s strong, effective, and incredibly important. It’s a well written book that hits all the important aspects of the Black Lives Matter moveme...
  • Kristin
    Powerful writing from one of the founders of Black Lives Matter. Covering her childhood up through recent/current history, she clearly delineates the differences between growing up white and growing up black in a society which claims racism is dead. It's not. It's just evolved.Highly recommend especially to those, like me, raised in a much different environment.
  • Tonstant Weader
    When They Call You a Terrorist is the memoir of Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter. She grew up in Los Angeles in a Black neighborhood that was subject to the same over-policing and criminalization of Blackness that has filled prisons across America. She writes about how she came to proclaim #BlackLivesMatter.It’s an example of the narrow-minded jealousy of racism that people interpret that to say “only Black ...
  • Kristin
    This memoir hit close to home since I am close to the same age as Patrisse and grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. But, whereas her family was black and poor, my family was middle class and white. I did not have to fear the police or risk arrest for being a teenager. I did not have to watch my dad suffering through a drug addiction picked up in the Vietnam war because my dad, when he was in the army, was stationed in Alaska, not sent to combat...
  • Morgan Tallman
    While I didn't love the first half of this book -- the second half I could not put down. If you want a book that makes you think -- pick this one up. (On January 16, 2018 -- since it's not out yet!)