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Black Lives Matter Book of the Week

Posted on: October 1, 2021

You Can Keep that to Yourself: A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Int

You Can Keep that to Yourself

by Adam Smyer

The title tells the reader all they need to know about this short little book: it is direct, it does not mince words, it is humorous while being about a deadly serious topic. Words and phrases—from “Ally” to “I don’t see color” to “Zeppelin””—are listed alphabetically, each with a concise explanation of why this language is objectionable to black people. The book as a whole presents a damning list of the ways white people too often offend their black coworkers. Thank you to Adam Smyer for not keeping this to himself!

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