White Tears/Brown Scars

How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color

paperback, 304 pages

Published Oct. 6, 2020 by Catapult.

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For readers of White Fragility, White Tears/Brown Scars is an explosive book of history and cultural criticism that argues that white feminism, from Australia to Zimbabwe to the United States, has been a weapon of white supremacy and patriarchy deployed against black and indigenous women, and women of color.

Taking us from the slave era, when white women fought in court to keep their slaves, through the centuries of colonialism, when they offered a soft face for brutal tactics, to the modern workplace, 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 color.

Discussing subjects as varied as The Hunger Games, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the viral "BBQ Becky" video, and 19th century lynchings of Mexicans in the American Southwest, Ruby Hamad undertakes a new investigation of gender and race. She …

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Did not finish. The author made some extremely important points, but I felt like this should have been a magazine-length article rather than a book. It felt repetitive, as if the author was trying to stretch the material out to book-length. As someone who has done a ton of reading on both feminism and structural racism, this book should have been a slam-dunk for me, but I found myself struggling to pick it up until the library loan expired.