Despite being stereotyped as ‘loud’, Black women are still statistically the most invisible, overlooked people in modern society.
This is a collection of 20 short essays written by young British Black women; incredible authors, artists, writers and public figures, sharing their unique thoughts and experiences. Writers include gay and trans Black women, which I feel adds even deeper levels when reading about these experiences.
These pages are full of prejudices that I couldn’t even fathom facing. I am fully overwhelmed with heartache, honestly. As well as rage, sadness, frustration, and a desperate desire to shake vision into those who remain blind to the fact that Black people face a huge amount of challenges every single day. From raising children to dating, level of education and employment opportunities, so many aspects of society are a completely different experience depending on your skin colour. And that’s not even mentioning the (insane) fact that skin colour has cost so many people their lives.
Twenty voices, curated in a single collection, makes for an incredibly eye-opening experience – one that I highly recommend to anybody wanting to deeply understand not only how we ended up in this awful prejudice society, but to hopefully lessen the divide with each generation from here.
I have deducted a star simply because some of the essays are written in a way which requires me to sit with a dictionary very close by! My own shortcomings, but important for me to remember.
Favourite quote(s): The most important way to affect change is understanding that ignorance is not bliss, it’s straight up taking the piss. – Eunice Olumide
It’s a message that has been drilled into every black woman – you’re going to have to work even harder than everyone else because you have two strikes against you – your gender and your race. – Fiona Rutherford
Huge thanks to 4th Estate books and William Collins books for the chance to review it. It will be released on October 1st