Arrested at 12, She’s Now an Activist Fighting for Social JusticeSmarzlik
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST
A Black Lives Matter Memoir
By Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
257 pp. St. Martin’s Press. $24.99.
Pick a social justice campaign from the last few years — Black Lives Matter, #MeToo or Fight for $15 — and notice that behind it stand black women, whose physical and emotional labor helped lay roots and build movements now largely considered socially acceptable or “woke.” Not too long ago these individuals could expect only obscurity and misattribution, but the United States is having a moment that includes the rehabilitation of black women’s public image. Nevertheless, the conditions of this uplift are murky, and at times depend on generalizations — like “mules of the world” and “Black Girl Magic” — that have eerie historical parallels and leave little room for growth.