Q & A with Ruby Hamad

We reached out to Australian journalist Ruby Hamad, author of the explosive bestseller White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color (2020).

The book grew out of an article in The Guardian -- “How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour” — that went viral in 2018 and became a global flashpoint for discussions of white feminism and racism. Among other subjects, the book examines white and non-white female images presented in The Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tale, Modern Family, Wonder Woman, and the viral “BBQ Becky” video, as well as the public personae of Carmen Miranda, Pocahontas, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.

Former UAlbany faculty member Ibram X. Kendi called the book, “powerful and provocative.”

White Tears/Brown Scars was also named a “Best Book of 2020” by Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and Kirkus Reviews.

You can purchase the book from the independent Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza at https://www.bhny.com/book/9781948226745

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