Projected release date: Monday, January 31st, 2022
Dear White Woman, Please Come Home
by Kimberlee Yolanda Williams
Coming in January of 2022: Dear White Woman, Please Come Home
Psst. Hey, sis. Yes, you, white woman. Don’t turn away ‘cause you saw the word white! Keep reading! I’m calling on you, inviting you in, and counting on you, white woman, in a way that no one ever has. Please don’t let me and your other Black and brown sisters down. I know we’ve never gotten this relationship off the ground in a sustainable way, but I still believe in it. Can I trust you to come through for me? For us? For our sisterhood? Do you understand what keeps us apart? Do you want to know? ‘Cause I need you to know. If you’re reading this, you’ve taken the first step to healing our bond and renewing our sisterhood. Dear White Woman, Please Come Home is my attempt to reach across this abyss and call you, white woman, “back home.” In 40 letters to a fictional “missing” white sister, I’ll share the ways you and your white sisters signal again and again to me and my sisters of color to proceed with caution when in your presence. Sometimes it feels like you’re saying, I don’t care about you, I don’t miss you, I don’t want or need to come home. I hope you’ll feel the mix of hope, confusion, disappointment, hurt, rage, and longing the search can ignite in me. I also hope you’ll be relieved to learn the simple sisterly behaviors that let me know you’re open to coming home, and instead of looking over my shoulder you’re open to having my back.
And, finally, to my sistas of color all over the world, I know I am unable to speak for all of you, but may your hearts sing songs of relief and resonance as you read this. May you feel as seen, heard, and valued as all of you have made me feel every single goddamned day.
Love you sis, Kimberlee Yolanda Williams
Who is this book written for?
A white woman who is already doing “her work.” She needs no convincing; she is already involved in Belonging/DEI/Social Justice movements. Yet, she wonders why it continues to be so much easier to make white friends. She longs to be closer to women of color but doesn’t know how and is terrified of saying or doing something “wrong.” She is willing to admit she needs help. She just needs a push to get to the next level of her personal and interpersonal work. She’s an ally who wants to move to co-conspirator skill level. She’s ready to hear the truth no matter how uncomfortable, and jump in the fire with her sisters of color, today. She is ready to take action!
Why would she pick up my book?
My target reader is feeling bruised and confused. Why have women of color never invited her into a close relationship, the kind she sees them having with other women of color - a sisterhood vibe she can feel. She wonders if her friendship is even wanted, and if so what the steps to building an authentic friendship even looks like. She needs insights and advice to guide her when it comes to her relationships with women of color. She sees the cover, front and back, and thinks, OMG, this is the book I’ve been looking for!