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On the other side of freedom : the case for hope, DeRay Mckesson

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On the other side of freedom : the case for hope
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On the other side of freedom
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the case for hope
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DeRay Mckesson
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"On the Other Side of Freedom reveals the mind and motivations of a young man who has risen to the fore of millennial activism through study, discipline, and conviction. His belief in a world that can be made better, one act at a time, powers his narratives and opens up a view on the costs, consequences, and rewards of leading a movement."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr. From the internationally recognized civil rights activist/organizer and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of a movement from the front lines. In August 2014, twenty-nine-year-old Mckesson stood with hundreds of others on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to push a message of justice and accountability. These protests, and others like them in cities across the country, resulted in the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays out an incisive new framework for today's liberation movement. Continuing a conversation about activism, resistance, and justice that embraces our nation's complex history, he dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change. He argues that our best efforts to combat injustice have been stunted by the belief that racism's wounds are history, and suggests that intellectual purity has curtailed optimistic realism. The book offers a new framework and language for understanding the nature of oppression. With it, we can begin charting a course to dismantle the obvious and subtle structures that limit freedom. Honest, courageous, and imaginative, On the Other Side of Freedom is a work brimming with hope. Drawing from his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson exhorts all Americans to work to dismantle the legacy of racism and to imagine the best of what is possible. Honoring the voices of a new generation of activists, On the Other Side of Freedom is a visionary's call to active citizenship, challenging us to take responsibility for imagining, and then building, the world we want to live in"--
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  • In this thoughtful collection of essays, activist and podcaster Mckesson reflects on what he’s learned from protest, family upheaval, racial inequality, homophobia, community organizing, abuse, and love. He explains the origins of the phrase “black lives matter”; his decision to leave Minneapolis to join the protests of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Mo.; and why he wears his trademark blue down vest. Calmly but with conviction, he lays out a philosophy of future-oriented action, asserting that “our power can never be defined by the things we destroy by the things we build” and “when we see that lives can be improved through actions we can feasibly take, we must take them.” Mckesson uses extended metaphors to illustrate currents in American life—a childhood experience with a bully serves as a synecdoche for political injustice; “The Choreography of Whiteness” features an unusual but apt metaphor about a hypothetical school’s response to finding out that a subset of students failed a test because they were intentionally sold defective rulers; and “the quiet,” an alternative to “the closet,” is imagined as a library (“a place of exploration that says don’t speak... but there are always... people finding ways to have voice despite the rules”). He asserts that the quiet leads those “in power believe that they’re... the sum total of humanity.” The volume’s nonaccusatory tone and focus on structure and culture make it a welcoming, accessible, and inspiring entrance point to social justice work. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/23/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 30, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Activist and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, Mckesson breaks down the physical and emotional labor of activism and the continued importance of telling truth to power in a series of essays that begin with the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. and the series of protests that gave rise to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Speaking from experience, Mckesson invites a dialog on activism and organizing in a connected society, acknowledging the gains of the civil rights movement while recognizing the continued struggle for social justice. He examines police brutality, the slippery narrative of "fake news" and the "Make America Great" faction, the importance of voice, identity, reform, revolution—each theme as potent and nuanced as the next. In making a "case for hope," he lays the foundation for an ongoing discussion on race, privilege, and civic engagement, while reiterating the need to work for a better tomorrow. VERDICT An excellent selection for socially conscious readers, young activists, and researchers interested in the cross-section between activism and social media. --Gricel Dominguez (Reviewed 09/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 15, p68)
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1985-
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Mckesson, DeRay
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  • 323.092
  • B
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no index present
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E185.615
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.M3535 2018
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non fiction
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  • Mckesson, DeRay
  • United States
  • African Americans
  • Black lives matter movement
  • Human rights workers
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
  • African Americans
  • Black lives matter movement
  • Human rights workers
  • Race relations
  • United States
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On Hope -- How Am I Supposed to Respond to Murder? -- The Problem of the Police -- Bully and the Pulpit -- The Choreography of Whiteness -- I was Raised by Magic -- Taking the Truth Everywhere -- I Can Remember Her Now Without Sadness -- The Friend That's Always Awake -- Out of the Quiet -- On Organizing -- Letter to an Activist
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22 cm
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xiv, 220 pages
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9780525560326
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2018030658
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On Hope -- How Am I Supposed to Respond to Murder? -- The Problem of the Police -- Bully and the Pulpit -- The Choreography of Whiteness -- I was Raised by Magic -- Taking the Truth Everywhere -- I Can Remember Her Now Without Sadness -- The Friend That's Always Awake -- Out of the Quiet -- On Organizing -- Letter to an Activist
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on1023050644
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22 cm
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xiv, 220 pages
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9780525560326
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2018030658
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1023050644

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