In her new book, Racial Justice, author and Black Lives Matter activist Erica Hahn explores the struggles of black women in the black community, including growing up in the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
“It’s hard for me to write about my experiences as a black woman in the Black Lives Matters movement because it feels like it’s been so normalized,” she told Newsweek in a recent interview.
“The whole movement is so much about power, and I was always in the back of the line.”
“I think it’s very, very important to have a voice, but it is not as important to write a book about my experience of being a woman who has experienced racism.”
She went on to say, “The fact that I’ve been able to write this book means I can be more active, because the movement has been so much more powerful and so much louder than I ever could have imagined.”
Hahn, a former member of the Black Student Union and an organizer with the Black Feminist Network, says her experience of racism in the 1970s led her to write the book and to focus on black women’s experiences with racism.
“When I first got into Black Lives, it was very much the same thing that it is today,” she said.
“There was a time when the black male was viewed as the enemy.
That’s the same story of the civil rights movement.
Black women were not even aware of their own racism.”
Hahn was raised in South Carolina and later moved to New York City.
After moving to the United States, she wrote a memoir, I Am Not Your Negro, which is currently available in hardcover.
Haney, who has a daughter who is now 20, said her mother taught her about the importance of diversity in the African-American community, and she also attended a black women-only high school.
“[My mother] said that we are supposed to be equal to all other races,” Haney said.
The first book that Hahn wrote was called “Black Lives,” and it was based on a conversation she had with her grandmother who had lived in the segregated South in the 1950s.
It was about her grandmother’s experiences as she worked to overcome racism and segregation in her own family.
When the book was published, Hahn says it triggered a huge response.
“I had never written about the black experience in my life,” she recalled.
“And it just opened up a whole new conversation about race.
I remember that conversation very vividly.”
Hahn was inspired to write her first book after watching the documentary “The Innocence of Blacks,” which was released in 2015.
In the documentary, former police officer Michael Slager is accused of killing Rodney King in Los Angeles in 1991.
But while the story of King and Slager does not feature the same racism that Haney and Hahn have described, the similarities are undeniable.
A few years after the release of the documentary and a year before the release the book, Haney received death threats.
I am not your Negro, Hahn wrote in the book.
“When I heard those words, I knew that this is what I was going to be writing about.
I had been dealing with a lot of racism throughout my life.
I knew it was going be a book that was going up against racism and injustice for years.”
In an interview with NPR in 2016, Hanehn said that she thought about how the book would be received, because “it was not a book for everyone.
There are certain people who will read it, and there are certain groups that will think it is so wrong.
It is not for everyone.”
“There’s a group of people who think that it’s going to make white people racist, that it might be about black people,” she added.
“People have had that reaction to it.”
One day, Hohn received a call from her mother who said, “This is my grandson, Erica.”
Immediately, Huhn thought, “Oh my god, he’s going back to his mother and dad, because that’s what he’s been through.”
I Am Not your Negro tells the story, from the perspective of Hahn’s mother, about her daughter’s journey to overcome her past.
(Courtesy of Erica Hanehns)Hahn said that the response from readers of the book has been “incredible,” and that she is now a “hero” among her peers in the community.
She said she has heard from some of her friends, who are white, who have commented that they were inspired by her book.
Some of the responses have been positive, she said, and a few people have even come to her home to say that they read it.
Another friend told Hahn, “I was just blown away by your book