Book 1 of 2018 is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
This is my life and my mother's life and my sister's life but in another country.
I said to a friend that this resonated with me and she asked if it was hope. I luckily didn't scoff out loud. Non-whites don't need hope. We are not hoping for white acceptance.
This book empowered me. It encouraged my strength built through adversity, rejection and overt discrimination. It articulated why I don't fall down or crawl away when someone from the ruling class kicks me.
I don't need to. I'm more robust than they will ever be. I see your ignorance, fear and awkwardness and continue being the lioness.
Everyone who does not identify as white must read this. I am so sorry I waited so long.
5 children's roars out of 5.
Should I read this? Yes. Just everyone. Read it please.
What did I learn? Australia doesn't have any idea about the plight of our Indigenous people.
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