This Is Not for You by Richard Brown audiobook

This Is Not for You: An Activist’s Journey of Resistance and Resilience

By Richard Brown , with Brian Benson
Read by Emmett Wheatfall

Blackstone Publishing 9780870713026
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A long-time activist in the Black community of Portland, Oregon, reflects on his accomplishments and the work still to be done. This Is Not For You tells the story of activist and photographer Richard Brown, a Black Portlander who has spent decades working to bridge the divide between police and the Black community. His memoir brings readers with him into the streets with fellow activists, into squad cars with the rank-and-file, and to regular meetings with mayors and police chiefs. There are very few people doing the kind of work Richard Brown has done. And that, as he sees it, is a big problem. The book finds Brown approaching his eightieth birthday and reflecting on his life. As he recalls his childhood in 1940s Harlem, his radicalization in the newly desegregated Air Force, and his decades of activism in one of America’s whitest cities, he questions how much longer he can do this work and he wonders who, if anyone, will take his place. This is a book about how and why to become an engaged, activist citizen and how activists can stay grounded, no matter how deeply they immerse themselves in the work. It also offers an intimate, firsthand look at policing: what policing is and could be, how civilians can have a say, and how police can and should be responsive to and inclusive of civilian voices. This Is Not For You speaks on every page about being Black in America: about Black pride; Black history, art, and culture and the experience of resisting white supremacy. It also stands as a much-needed counternarrative to “Portlandia,” telling a different story about the city and who has shaped it.

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Summary

A long-time activist in the Black community of Portland, Oregon, reflects on his accomplishments and the work still to be done.

This Is Not For You tells the story of activist and photographer Richard Brown, a Black Portlander who has spent decades working to bridge the divide between police and the Black community. His memoir brings readers with him into the streets with fellow activists, into squad cars with the rank-and-file, and to regular meetings with mayors and police chiefs. There are very few people doing the kind of work Richard Brown has done. And that, as he sees it, is a big problem.

The book finds Brown approaching his eightieth birthday and reflecting on his life. As he recalls his childhood in 1940s Harlem, his radicalization in the newly desegregated Air Force, and his decades of activism in one of America’s whitest cities, he questions how much longer he can do this work and he wonders who, if anyone, will take his place.

This is a book about how and why to become an engaged, activist citizen and how activists can stay grounded, no matter how deeply they immerse themselves in the work. It also offers an intimate, firsthand look at policing: what policing is and could be, how civilians can have a say, and how police can and should be responsive to and inclusive of civilian voices. This Is Not For You speaks on every page about being Black in America: about Black pride; Black history, art, and culture and the experience of resisting white supremacy. It also stands as a much-needed counternarrative to “Portlandia,” telling a different story about the city and who has shaped it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Richard Brown tells a story that punctures the myths of Portland, Oregon as a progressive utopia. From education to police policy, Brown dismantles systemic racism in a story that drives to the heart because he was there—and tried to fix it. Put this book on your must-read list.” Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder

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Author Bio: Richard Brown

Author Bio: Richard Brown

Richard J. Brown is a community activist and photographer. Originally from Harlem, he served in the Air Force for twenty years before landing in Portland, Oregon, where he works tirelessly to empower Black people and to bridge the gap between the police and the Black community.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English