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Dont Label Me

With them At a time when minorities are fast becoming the majority a truly new America reuires a new way to tribe outEnter Irshad Manji and her dog Lily Raised to believe that dogs are evil Manji overcame her fear of the other to adopt Lily She got than she bargained for Defying her labels as an old blind dog Lily engages Manji in a taboo busting conversation about identity power and politics They're feisty They're funny And in working through their chal The author covers important topics where Americans tend to speak without listening often relying o

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A uniue conversation about diversity bigotry and our common humanity by the New York Times bestselling author Oprah Chutzpah award winner and founder of the Moral Courage Project In these United States discord has hit emergency levels Civility isn't the reason to repair our caustic chasms Diversity is Don't Label Me shows that America's founding genius is diversity of thought Which is why social justice activists won't win by labeling those who disagree Although there were a few things I didn't like about this book I am a huge Irshad Manji fan so I h Conceptos De Relatividad Y Teoria Cuantica our common humanity by the New York Times bestselling author Oprah Chutzpah award winner and founder Vanished Kingdoms of the Moral Courage Project In these United States discord has hit emergency levels Civility isn't the reason to repair My Brothers Love our caustic chasms Diversity is Don't Label Me shows that America's founding genius is diversity La casa que arde de noche of thought Which is why social justice activists won't win by labeling those who disagree Although there were a few things I didn't like about this book I am a huge Irshad Manji fan so I h

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Lenges to one another they reveal how to open the hearts of opponents for the sake of enduring progress Readers who crave concrete tips will be delightedStudded with insights from epigenetics and epistemology layered with the lessons of Bruce Lee Ben Franklin and Audre Lorde punctuated with stories about Manji's own experiences as a refugee from Africa a Muslim immigrant to the US and a professor of moral courage Don't Label Me makes diversity great agai I really enjoyed this thought provoking clever witty and 'punny' conversation between Irshad Manji

10 thoughts on “Dont Label Me

  1. says:

    This book would have been a 5 for me if it had not been written with the literary device employed of a conversation between Irshad's talking dog and herself and if it had been written without all the cutesy puns It was actually distracting for me than anything and a few times I thought this is a 'spoonful of sugar' tactic to make the 'medicine' of the very strong and also very controversial points that Irshad is making go down easier But this uibble aside this is an important timely book for especially educators and activists to read right now right now There has been a lot written about how 'identity politics' is running amok see The Once and Future Liberal by Mark Lilla but Irshad doesn't only take on identity politics she takes on ALL the hot button buzzwordsconcepts that have come to define liberalprogressive discourse privilege white fragility appropriation safe spaces trigger warnings affinity groups and so on If I were to summarize her views on all of the above she argues that progressiveliberals just like any 'tribe' are becoming increasingly obsessed with 'purity' of thought within the tribe so much so that it feels good when they immediately band together in groupthink and ostracize and take down those opposed to their dogma However their vision of what they think they value is very limited By diversity they mean an insincere version of it in looks and labels only Labels among progressivesliberals serves to dehumanize at it treats people as a sum of these labels incapable of their own thoughtshumanity and as props in a political game For example she cites a black Black Lives Matter activist who proposes to a leader in the movement that they reach out to the police to have a conversation He is immediately shot down by the leader for expressing such a thought and he begins to feel that he is being used as a body not as a person As a Muslim ueer Immigrant she says that she goes beyond these labels because they limit her and yet this is exactly how progressives are dividing up people assigning value to the labels She urges plurality recognizing the difference within us rather than a cheap version of diversity Accordingly she sees that treating whites especially white males as nothing but a signifier for for racism privilege etc as dehumanizing and humiliating setting up exactly the same premises for division eg divisions based on skin color that actual racists have used for centuries Reducing people to pigment and dividing us accordingly was a tactic of segregationists but also now is being used by progressives oddly in the name of advancement This she says can only lead us backwards and toward radicalization Not all disagreement from whites when discussing matters of race she says should be labelled 'white fragility' because it polices divergent viewpoints What she argues for instead is not shying away from difficult issues but rather approaching them within presuming to know someone on the basis of gender skin sexual orientation and so forth Why should a Muslim person feel a certain way or a bi person or a hispanic person this is incredibly limiting to their humanity She says she should genuinely be open to hearing a perspective rather than shoving our own dogma and imposing purity tests and excluding all those who don't line up lockstep doesn't that led to authoritarianism anyway? She urges getting beyond the feel good of our tribe think to reaching out engaging with people meeting them where they are and making them feel heard feel seen while at the same time not needing to agree She emphasizes curiosity concern I thou relationships Yes even toward the dog she directs the entire conversation towards

  2. says:

    So glad so thankful for this The author gently and clearly articulates major issues plaguing politics on the left and in social justice scenes Gentle because she uses her dog as a conversational substitute for what could easily result in a confrontational rhetoric Several months after the 2016 presidential election I found myself increasingly disappointed and critical of my peers on the left yet I felt alone and as though any criticism of any kind were social and reputational suicide that ongoing circumstance alone speaks to big problems within the left Irshad Manji addresses key integral ideologicalrhetoricalcommunicative issues in SJ and does so in a sane measured constructive way She's kind patient and hopeful which is so refreshing We need this kind of reform

  3. says:

    Although there were a few things I didn't like about this book I am a huge Irshad Manji fan so I have to give it 5 stars Irshad is an absolutely incredible thinker I have been following her and the moral courage project on social media ever since I read her second book Allah Liberty and Love a few years ago I recommend that book to Muslims and non Muslims all the time It's full of important and deeply thought provoking insights about communication activism advocacy courage and being open minded The same goes for Don't Label Me To me this is a similar book but doesn't deal specifically with Islam but rather is speaking directly to people of all kinds of different backgrounds As I first opened the table of contents I was already excited to read Irshad's thoughts Just from the title of the chapters I knew she was going to have some controversial and interesting things to say about topics like intersectionality black lives matter movement white guilt activism Trump voters labeling and much As I began reading I was once again struck by Irshad's ability to contextualize the point she was trying to make She uses stories of individuals she knows and their experiences as well as her own or draws from history uoting from historical figures to help illustrate her points I wanted to uote some of the parts of this book to share online but there weren't so many one liners or short sections to share as I thought there might be I was often unable to share some of the insights because they you really would have to read the whole chapter or several pages to actually understand what is being said There's a lot in here that will reuire re reading and pondering and discussing with friendsAside from anecdotes and uotes from historical figures Irshad contextualizes and strengthens her assertions with the use of her late dog Lily as a sort of rhetorical device Irshad writes speaking as Lily throughout the book and Lily ends up acting as the person playing devil's advocate in many places Irshad could have easily used another rhetorical device to do this and it may have worked better but given their deeply close relationship and how much Lily changed her life it's completely understandable that she chose to use Lily in this way As readers however we don't know Lily and also maybe don't care so much for dogs or human pet relationships or what have you There were a few spots where it got wordy and cumbersome to hear from or about Lily but overall it didn't bother me too much I imagine it will bother some readers immensely I recommend this book in particular to people like myself who are politically engaged and active in their communities and enjoy debating social justice and politics with friends and family There is so much in this book to think about how to become better at advocacy how to not pigeon hole or dehumanize human beings how to assert your values without becoming supremacist how to avoid dogma and over certainty and arrogance For people who take ideas like cultural appropriation white fragility and intersectionality as Truth there is a great deal to consider as Irshad has uite a few critiues of these ideas This book is valuable particularly to progressives and liberals who sometimes feel at odds with the way a lot of fellow progressives and lefties advocate I'm looking forward to re reading different parts I marked Irshad is a huge role model for me and I hope I can be like her

  4. says:

    This book is so highly problematic I only finished it as it was a reuired reading for a courseWhere do I begin? Manji is making the argument that we all need to listen to each other to understand people with different perspectives of our ownyet she continually seems to defend people in the story who haven't tried to listen to other people I struggled with Manji asking for a lot of work from her reader without expecting much work in return from those we are trying to learn fromShe freuently challenges minorities to think beyond their oppression but never asks white people to consider how they have benefited simply from being white At one point she even argues that oppression is a privilege because minorities use the fact that they have been oppressed to exclude white people from the dialogue of their oppression Excuse me I'm a white person I better go cry because I've been left out of a FEW conversations while my culture has literally excluded others from the conversation foreverShe defends free speech to the point of transphobia She totally misinterprets microaggressions and intersectionality She takes on Black Lives Matter poorly She defends white men than a dozen times because they feel oppressed too Oh sad face Honestly it feels like she's spent so much of her career making arguments that white conservatives like to hear that she bungles up her own argument for the sake of them She made her early career on calling for radical changes in Islam to prevent the subjugation of women rather than universal feminism across all cultures that oppress women She became a talking head for Islamophobia all over the USIt's frankly lazy writing as well She spends 100 pages of this book using the literary device of a conversation with her dog It adds nothing to her arguments and makes the book uite disjointed She writes like an expert but continually botches her examples and misses the point Not a citation to be found either yet she continually calls herself an academic and educator

  5. says:

    5 stars despite the format conversation with her beloved pooch and because it managed to move and warm up my cold cynical heart Most of us are bemoaning our political dysfunction and divisiveness while insisting on seeing The Other in the most reductive and negative light dehumanized and irredeemable Naturally their full and unconditional capitulation is the only way out These days there is no lack of commentary documenting our slow descent into the madness Irshad Manji offers the analysis and the prescriptions that are right on spot point after point page after page She repackaged the obvious into a fresh how she manages that is beyond me insightful engaging and hopeful whole and it works It tells the readers or reminds them how to orient ourselves meaningfully and hopefully in our personal interpretations and interactions with those we disagree with If this mess is to be fixed it will have to be done from the ground up and there aren't any easy shortcuts

  6. says:

    The author covers important topics where Americans tend to speak without listening often relying on stereotyping rather than seeing people as individuals She references historical philosophers as well as modern political gurus and various notables as well as sharing anecdotes from interactions she has had with people from different walks of life and various regions of the US The proof I read did not include any source notesfootnotes but they should be available online by publication time and Manji invites respectful discussion through emailThe book is conversational in style and very accessible in tone Manji offers advice and solutions that are attainable without being overly preachy I really enjoyed the content and I feel that the material in this book is important and well consideredAt the same time I found the style of the book detracted from its usefulness It was essentially a monologue with little interruptions and and counterpoints couched as if they came from her beloved pet dog That in itself feels a little silly to me for a topic that is important although I'm sure that's just a matter of taste I feel that it would have been possible to write essays in the same clear and conversational tone without relying on the dog theme I can accept it as a stylistic choice but for me that is a detractor Another issue that makes the book harder to use as a learning tool is that the chapters mini essays? are not really organized in any way that I could determine and the chapter titles tend towards the cute and the clever rather than to exposition

  7. says:

    Manji is a Muslim lesbian but don’t judge her based on those labels While she is a Muslim and a lesbian she is much than that In fact we are all than how other people label us Manji’s book is an elouent intelligent and often humorous analysis on how labels are negatively impacting our society by enforcing tribalism and elevating individualism; elements that further the negative polarization of an Us versus Them society Through case examples some personal from her own life and some academic Manji presents philosophies and communication tools in how to bridge ideological and political divides By checking your own prejudices recognizing that listening isn’t passivity understanding that asking uestions isn’t attacking and that we have to gain by listening to understand instead of listening to win Manji theorizes we can connect with different people on an emotional level Manji challenges current trends in liberal progressivism such as shaming cultural appropriation and the popular understanding of power and privilege all of which widen the divide between Us and Them She breaks down these concepts exposes the flaws and illustrates how these flawed principles give rise to dangerous extremism that manifests itself in detrimental ways such as Donald Trump being elected president While funny and light at times this book can be a bit difficult to process because of how it directly challenges ideals many in society hold dear and champion I know it isn’t easy to think about how progressive ideals contributed to the election of Trump but it isn’t the basis of those ideals Instead it is how those ideals are weaponized in ways that enforce personal biases and disrupt the development of honest diversity

  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this thought provoking clever witty and 'punny' conversation between Irshad Manji and her dog Lily At first I thought the conversation between woman and pet approach would be too cornyweird but it worked Manji is calling for a revolution in the way we talk to each other and the way we disagree with each other She uses personal narrative and stories of people she's known to teach how we can become better humans and better communities We need to begin by not making assumptions about people and by engaging them I love this line To engage and enlarge your Us That's about as revolutionary as it gets The last two chapters have practical guidance and real steps each of us can take to practice honest diversity I'll be referring to this book over and over in the coming months

  9. says:

    101019 update Skip this one and read “How to be Antiracist” insteadThis book is full of some really good challenging ideas that made me think Some I agree with some I don’t Overall I think it’s worth reading But oh my gosh the dog angle KILLED me And I love dogs I felt like my extreme annoyance at her use of the dog as a conversational partner and her puns made it harder for me to wrestle with her ideas most of which are probably worthy of thinking through I persevered and the better part of the book’s content has definitely left its mark on me but I wish the author had made different choices in her delivery

  10. says:

    I give the author a lot of credit for calling for true discussion and openness looking for relationship versus the need to be right She calls on Our side to deal with Others true listening in order to understand Speak as if you were right listen as if you are wrong Listening doesn't mean you agree but you won't be listening if you're thinking of how to change the other person's mind Listen with the intent to understand not to win Labels put people into stereotypes but people are plurals She admits our side often values diversity of every type except of opinion and calls for that to changeWe should all listen

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