• White Tears/Brown Scars

  • How White Feminism Betrays Women of Colour
  • By: Ruby Hamad
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+, LGBTQ+ Studies
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

How is it that we have been so conditioned to privilege the emotional comfort of white people?

White tears possess a potency that is rarely acknowledged or commented upon, but they have long been used as a dangerous and insidious tool against people of colour, weaponised in order to invoke sympathy and divert blame. 

Taking us from the slave era, when white women fought in court to keep 'ownership' of their slaves, through centuries of colonialism, when women offered a soft face for brutal tactics, to the modern workplace, in which tears serve as a defense to counter accusations of bias and micro-aggressions, White Tears/Brown Scars tells a charged story of white women's active participation in campaigns of oppression. It offers a long-overdue validation of the experiences of women of colour and an urgent call-to-arms in the need for true intersectionality.

With rigour and precision, Hamad builds a powerful argument about the legacy of white superiority that we are socialised within, a reality that we must all apprehend in order to fight.

©2020 Ruby Hamad (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Powerful and provocative." (Dr Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times best-selling How to Be an Antiracist)

"A must read for any white women who consider themselves 'feminist'."(Scarlett Curtis, author of the Sunday Times best-selling Feminists Don't Wear Pink)

"An explosive and revelatory argument for deconstructing and confronting the entrenched notions of white supremacy and superiority that still reign today." (Mireille Harper)

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  • Sonia Warner
  • 09-04-21

A must read for all women

This book was so powerful I was totally breathless at moments during this journey of solidarity. This is also my story. literature like this helps me to feel even more empowered to live my life as I wish and think freely as a black feminist.

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  • Samantha abbott
  • 08-02-21

A Must Read/listen

Absolutely loved this book, I'm so happy I came across this book in my desire to learn and understand more about how my white privilege works for me and against others. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Josie O.
  • 07-23-21

well written and totally agree with the writer

Loved it and well written. it so informative and gave a good narrative historical oppression of non white people. Recommended for all white people to read especially women.

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  • Miss B
  • 07-10-21

Excellent

What a critique!
Well researched, globally pitched and to the point, Hamad has produced a real gift to the struggle - such a helpful insight to the toxic behaviour that make Bravo gal!!!!

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  • Caley
  • 06-24-21

Thought provoking and insightful

I loved this book, it was succinct and eye opening. The research done for this book far exceeded my expectations as it contains a vast wealth of knowledge

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  • 06-24-21

Highly recommended

A superb, highly accessible , expertly researched beacon for how we must adapt to live now

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  • Lucia Smith
  • 03-29-22

so much more makes sense now thank you

Binge listened to this! enlightening, articulate and important work.


I am white British with class priviledge, this work helped me see my own patterns, family culture and society responses through a lens that meant behavioura, rules, socital structures make sense. I
needed to learn this about myself, about my family, about gender roles instersect with race and colonialism. I needed to learn more how i am percieved and how i am impacting on others.

i am surpriwe how often what i learnt in this work has linked to evrryday conversation with friends and family. and i believe, due ri my learning needs and place i am in my understanding i have only grasped some of what is articukated. i know i need to losten to it again in 6 months time.

Read this book to learn about yourself and find your own liberation as you gently release yourwelf from the rules and conditionig

Read this book to learn about why you cannot talk about Gender without consider how white supremacy construct of race.

Read this book (as a person who glides through life with white skin) to gain more understanding and insight into how different the life and experience is with darker skin.

Read this book to learn what people have been trying to teach us for ao many years.

Read this book of you want a fairer, more just world.

as a white person i invite you to notice what comes up when you see this cover and see the title. as a white perspn i can fwel my consitioning, i could feel the fear and defensiveness and the assumptions on what this book with say.

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  • Electric Studio Girl
  • 02-06-22

Everything white feminism doesn't mention

my perspective on feminism changed whilst listening to this book...eye opening, fair and real...helped me understand a few behaviours that are deep routed in western society

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-21

Quality piece

A well-crafted text. Easy to get through and thought provoking. Many leads for other educational resources. Extremely useful.