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When They Call You a Terrorist - Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

When They Call You a Terrorist

By Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

  • Release Date: 2018-01-16
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 3.5
From 117 Ratings


New York Times Editor’s Pick.

Library Journal Best Books of 2019.
TIME Magazine's "Best Memoirs of 2018 So Far."
O, Oprah’s Magazine’s “10 Titles to Pick Up Now.”
Politics & Current Events 2018 O.W.L. Book Awards Winner
The Root Best of 2018

"This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse's visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation. This book is a must-read for all of us." - Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

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. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin’s killer went free, Patrisse’s outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin.

Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering inequality and a movement fueled by her strength and love to tell the country—and the world—that Black Lives Matter.

When They Call You a Terrorist is Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele’s reflection on humanity. It is an empowering account of survival, strength and resilience and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable.


  • An extraordinary conversation

    By Rukiya777
    Her writing style is like poetry, it reminds me of Pearl Cleage; a story well told with these amazing deep insights and truths that are universal. It was so organic, so real time real talk relatable. Like having an extraordinary conversation that you hate to see come to an end.
  • The true Terrorists are not labeled as such

    By Akhi-Gbade
    The fact of the matter is, no matter how BLM began, despite wether it was started on a lie or not, a movement highlighting the racial disparities within the US is necessary. A movement standing against these American institutions, which are so ingrained with racism that even when there’s video proof people still want to ignore it to protect their own fragile ideas of themselves and how they individually fit into a society built upon dehumanizing several groups of people, was bound to happen when the blatant disregard for our own history and the direct effects our nation’s actions have had on marginalized people continues. The true terrorists are within a tyrannical government that lets a violent group abuse its power and then label their malevolence as “Law and Order”.
  • A Book By A Terrorist Defending Terrorists

    By anvil8
    BLM is based on a lie and ignores the facts. They don’t care about black people or about the truth. They just want the money and cause chaos.
  • please stop.

    By jdjdjdjdidjfkfkfkkfkckckckckkc
    please stop... if you’d leaving bad Reviews just to say; blm is a joke, alm, blm is bad etc... just think about if it was the other way. you your race. you, your family, friends, family friends. Beaten, rapped, working all day etc... you tell black people to get over it but what your not understanding is they CAN’T...

    By Duck lover 27
  • Another BS propaganda book

    By ObsceneUnseen
    This book wasn’t all that interesting to read, the BLM movement was started on a lie to the public in the first place, then when the truth came out about what happen in the Micheal Brown case....BLM movement ignored the facts about what happen.
  • Marxist-trained mobsters

    By globalexpresspilot
    More nonsense from racist, freedom-hating leftists, who have no understanding of the real enemy of black lives, the Democrat party and its race-hustlers. If black lives really mattered then why haven’t your beloved Democrat-run cities done anything about the staggering numbers of black lives lost at the hands of other blacks? Oh yeah, I suppose it’s due to the anti-police platform that resonates so ,I have better with the Hollywood and sports figures and similar hypocrites and clowns who despise this country that provided them with the very freedoms to spout this garbage.
  • Life-changing

    By Artist Elsa
    It was very difficult to not get emotional reading each page of this book. The message was so concise and absolutely necessary. The way it was written was clear and easy to understand while still providing powerful images and a true connection to humanity. It was more than enough to open my eyes to what has been right in front of me all my life. It shifted my perspective from feeling overpowered and hopeless to seeing myself as part of a massive, global, historic movement. I can’t say enough good things about it.