18:00 - 19:30
Layla F Saad with Jess Brough
location: Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh
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The work of dismantling the oppressive systems of white supremacy and racism is too often put on people of colour, but it is those who benefit from these systems that need to wake up and make the change.
Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
_‘An indispensable resource for white people who want to challenge white supremacy but don’t know where to begin’ _- Robin DiAngelo, author of New York Times bestseller WHITE FRAGILITY
Layla Saad is a globally respected writer, speaker and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change. As an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in Middle East, Layla has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives.
Layla’s work is driven by her powerful desire to ‘become a good ancestor’; to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone.
Me And White Supremacy is Layla’s first book - Initially offered for free following an Instagram challenge under the same name, the best-selling digital Me And White Supremacy Workbook was downloaded by close to 90,000 people around the world in the space of six months, before becoming a traditionally published book. Layla’s work has been brought into homes, educational institutions and workplaces around the world that are seeking to create personal and collective change.
The updated and expanded Me and White Supremacy takes the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and and further resources.
‘It should be mandatory reading … Buy the book, do the work and then push more copies into the hands of everyone you know’ - Emma Gannon
Layla discusses her work with local activist Jess Brough.
Jess Brough is currently researching social effects on language production and language biases for a PhD at Edinburgh University. They are one of the founding members of Resisting whiteness, a collective of QTPOC activists facilitating discussions of anti-racist action, and the founder of Fringe of Colour, an award-winning promotional platform and support network for black and brown people at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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