By Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar
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I know I’m supposed to laugh at this book because it’s funny. And I did laugh, a lot, because it IS funny.
But honestly I also felt incredibly guilty for laughing. And that’s because this book is unbelievable. And that’s not to say I don’t believe the stories, because I do. I believe every freaking word. But it is unbelievable that things like this are still legitimately happening to Black people. I mean there are moments that made my mouth drop open in shock. I found myself frequently paraphrasing and retelling the stories to my husband who was equally shocked (and who also laughed, because truly, this book is so funny).
I can’t. The number of stories that revolve around the fact that people can’t tell Black people apart is mind blowing. Really? I mean, I know it’s a thing. I know it happens. I just don’t understand it. There is one example, right at the beginning of the book. And I won’t give it away because it is just a perfect (*chef’s kiss*) example of this insanity, but man. Really?
And listen, for what it’s worth, I know Amber is the professional comedian, and don’t get me wrong, she’s funny. Laugh out loud funny. I may have mentioned that a few times. But Lacey’s “interjections” throughout are, frankly, a highlight for me. Especially as an older sister myself I really identify with that type of sisterly interaction.
This really is a must read for any white person, but unfortunately the people who need to read it won’t. But for people who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the Black experience, this book is an entertaining and eye-opening read to add to your list.
Thank you to Netgalley, the authors, and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.