“I carry the memory of living under that terror—the terror of knowing that I, or any member of my family, could be killed with impunity—in my blood, my bones, in every step I take. And yet I was called a terrorist.”When They Call You a Terrorist
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele is a Black Lives Matter Memoir. Patrisse Khan-Cullors is one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement. She discusses her childhood and her first personal experience with the police. Her brother, Monte, was arrested. But what happened when he was taken into custody is truly horrifying. They beat him and withheld water. However, he also suffered from a mental illness and they drugged him which ultimately diminished him as a person. Then later, she shares a story about when the police came to her home looking for a man who was a person of interest and they only really knew one thing about this person, that he was Black. It is impossible to share the depth of this memoir. The desperation for change and hope.
“LA County Jail were the ones who beat him for his illness. They beat him and they kept water from him and they tied him down, four-point hold, and they drugged him nearly out of existence. There are drugs to take when a person is having a psychotic break. Those drugs can bring the person back into a good or total semblance of themselves. This was not what they did to my brother. They drugged Monte to incapacitate him, to incapacitate his humanity. To leave him with no dignity.”When They Call You a Terrorist
I can sit here and tell you how important this book is, but in reality, everyone should be aware of its importance. It is important to listen to these voices. Really listen. Take in every word. Take action. And lift up these voices without centering ourselves. But also the importance of listening to women and recognize the work that these women put into this movement.
“Later, when I hear others dismissing our voices, our protest for equity, by saying All Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter, I will wonder how many white Americans are dragged out of their beds in the middle of the night because they might fit a vague description offered up by God knows who. How many skinny, short, blond men were rounded up when Dylann Roof massacred people in prayer? How many brown-haired white men were snatched out of bed when Bundy was killing women for sport?”When They Call You a Terrorist
I highly recommend listening to the audiobook. It is narrated by the authors and it makes it more personal and the passion, love, and pain is palpable. No one is saying that only Black Lives Matter. They just want justice and they want their lives to matter. I highly recommend it to everyone. 5 out of 5 stars.