Patrisse Cullors is a prophetic woman in our contemporary age. She has written "When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir."
In this memoir, Patrisse generously shares the intimacies of her life and loves, and her unyielding devotion to the cause of freedom.
The stories she tells here with asha bandele help us to understand why her approach to organizing and movement building has captured the imaginations of so many.
Her story emphasizes the productive intersection of personal experiences and political resistance. The pivotal story of her brother’s repeated encounters with violence-prone police officers, for example, permits us to better understand how state violence thrives at the intersection of race and disability. That Monte—Patrisse’s brother—is shot with rubber bullets and charged with terrorism as a routine police response to a manic episode reveals how readily the charge of terrorism is deployed within white supremacist institutions.
We learn not only about the quotidian nature of state violence but also about how art and activism can transform such tragic confrontations into catalysts for greater collective consciousness and more effective resistance.
Khan-Cullors, Patrisse. When They Call You a Terrorist (pp. xi-xii). St. Martin's Press. Kindle Edition.
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