This Is Not For You: An Activist's Journey of Resistance and Resilience (Paperback)
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The book finds Brown approaching his eightieth birthday and reflecting on his life. As he recalls his childhood in 1940s Harlem, his radicalization in the newly desegregated Air Force, and his decades of activism in one of America’s whitest cities, he questions how much longer he’ll do this work, and he wonders who, if anyone, will take his place.
This is a book about how and why to become an engaged, activist citizen, and how activists can stay grounded, no matter how deeply they immerse themselves in the work. It also offers an intimate, firsthand look at policing: what policing is and could be, how civilians can have a say, and how police can and should be responsive to and inclusive of civilian voices. This Is Not For You speaks on every page about being Black in America: about Black pride; Black history, art, and culture; and the experience of resisting white supremacy. It also stands as a much-needed counternarrative to Portlandia, telling a different story about the city and who has shaped it.
Over fifty percent of royalties earned on this book will be donated to organizations working on behalf of Black Portlanders.
Brian Benson is the author of Going Somewhere. Originally from Wisconsin, Brian now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at the Attic Institute.
— Rene Denfeld, death row investigator and bestselling author of The Child Finder
“At once a coming-of-age story, a history of Black-led movements in Portland, and a guidebook for would-be activists, This Is Not For You is a well-written account of an exceptionally well-lived life. I will read this book again and again.” —Ron Herndon, Director of Albina Head Start
“Richard Brown has opened his heart to allow us to see and feel his full life journey. From looking out the window to the street below as a child in Harlem, to living his truth out loud and authentically as a Black man and warrior activist, he has made a difference in how we talk about the administration of justice in Oregon and America.” —Avel Louise Gordly, former Oregon legislator, author of Remembering the Power of Words