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When They Call You a Terrorist

A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Von Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
12 Minuten
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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir von Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

When They Call You a Terrorist (2017) is the memoir of Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Khan-Cullors. Full of shocking anecdotes and statistics concerning systemic racism and police brutality against Black Americans, the book details Khan-Cullors’ childhood deprivations, her family’s struggles and the events that led to the formation of the world’s most prolific modern-day civil-rights groups.  

  • Activists curious about civil-rights movements
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Patrisse Khan-Cullors is a founder and leader of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Asha Bandele is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist.

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When They Call You a Terrorist

A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Von Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
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When They Call You a Terrorist (2017) is the memoir of Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Khan-Cullors. Full of shocking anecdotes and statistics concerning systemic racism and police brutality against Black Americans, the book details Khan-Cullors’ childhood deprivations, her family’s struggles and the events that led to the formation of the world’s most prolific modern-day civil-rights groups.  

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Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ childhood was marred by poverty and police persecution.

For many American children, childhood is a time of innocence and security. Unfortunately for the author, her childhood wasn’t filled with particularly much of either. In fact, it was defined by two very different things: poverty and the police.

The author’s impoverished upbringing in 1990s Los Angeles was typical of many Black American childhoods at the time.

Her mother was a single parent and spent sixteen hours a day working multiple jobs. Despite all her hard work, she sometimes still couldn’t afford food for her children. The author recalls that there was often only cereal to be had. Indeed, for over a year, they didn’t even have milk for their cereal, because their slum landlord refused to replace their broken refrigerator. They made do with water.

Even when they could afford more nutritious food, there were few places in the neighborhood to get it. In fact, the only place that sold groceries was a 7-Eleven convenience store. Other than that, the only outlets to buy food or drink were a liquor store and fast-food joints. In other words, with so little money and so few choices, the author’s mother struggled to keep her children supplied with enough healthy, nurturing meals.

In addition to poverty, the author and her siblings were forced to contend with a continual police presence in their neighborhood. Whereas many white communities perceive the police as existing to protect and serve them, the author learned early on that the law enforcement’s objective in Black communities is to harass and control them. At the tender age of nine, the author witnessed her 12-year-old brother and his friends being thrown up against the wall by police officers, before being partially stripped and searched. What were the boys doing to warrant this suspicion? They were simply talking in an alleyway, next to the author’s house. After that incident, the police began arresting the author’s teenage brothers on a regular basis. Although her mother eventually moved her family to another area of the city to try to shield her sons from the attention of law enforcement, they were still regularly harassed by the police, and their mother realized there was very little she could do to protect her sons.

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