"Don't Label Me should be labeled as genius. It's an amazing book." - Chris Rock
A unique conversation about diversity, bigotry, and our common humanity, by the New York Times bestselling author, Oprah "Chutzpah" award-winner, and founder of the Moral Courage Project
In these United States, discord has hit emergency levels. Civility isn't the reason to repair our caustic chasms. Diversity is.
Don't Label Me shows that America's founding genius is diversity of thought. Which is why social justice activists won't win by labeling those who disagree with them. At a time when minorities are fast becoming the majority, a truly new America requires a new way to tribe out.
Enter Irshad Manji and her dog, Lily. Raised to believe that dogs are evil, Manji overcame her fear of the "other" to adopt Lily. She got more than she bargained for. Defying her labels as an old, blind dog, Lily engages Manji in a taboo-busting conversation about identity, power, and politics. They're feisty. They're funny. And in working through their challenges to one another, they reveal how to open the hearts of opponents for the sake of enduring progress. Readers who crave concrete tips will be delighted.
Studded with insights from epigenetics and epistemology, layered with the lessons of Bruce Lee, Ben Franklin, and Audre Lorde, punctuated with stories about Manji's own experiences as a refugee from Africa, a Muslim immigrant to the U.S., and a professor of moral courage, Don't Label Me makes diversity great again.
CAN WE TALK?
1. Lily in the Field: Old, Blind, and Badass
2. Our Division Problem
3. Rivals Versus Enemies
4. Who Gets Respect?
5. How Labels Distort
6. A Dog-Loving Muslim Pundamentalist
7. People Aren't Things
8. Honest Diversity
9. The Way Forward
WHITE, STRAIGHT MALE
10. Lily In The Field: "I'm Not Your Bitch"
11. A Good Neighbor
12. Is He a Homophobe?
13. Who You Calling Fragile?
14. Humiliation Nation
15. I Love You Just The Way You Are
16. The Disadvantage of Being White
17. This Is Progress?
18. Beware Of Your Brain
MUSLIM WOMAN REFUGEE
19. An Upper, a Downer And a Mother
20. The Unexpected Rebel
21. Real Liberation
22. Mistaken Identity
23. Can Words Be Violence?
24. Freedom, Finally
25: Lily in the Field: Wake-Up Call
WHAT CHANGE MEANS
26. For BLM, Do All Black Lives Matter?
27. When Purity Pollutes
28. Meet the Egobrain
29. Choosing Integrity
30. The Show Must Go On
31. America's Seizure
A NEW IDENTITY
32. Lily In The Field: Many-Sided, Many-Sighted
33. We The Plurals
34. Friends On Opposite Sides
35. Listening Without Agreeing
36. Lily For President?
37. Social -- No, Sociopathic -- Media
38. Sassy But Classy
39. About Those Trolls...
40. Lily In The Field: Run!
WHY (AND HOW) TO NOT BE OFFENDED
41. Lily In The Field: Trust Issues
42. Reforming A White Nationalist
43. Tolerating The Intolerant?
44. Normalizing Empathy
45. Safe Spaces For All!
46. Lily In The Field: Blunt Talk
RETHINKING POWER AND PRIVILEGE
47. The Elephants In The Room
48. Welcome To America - Not
49. Power "Out There" And Power "In Here"
50. Did Women Co-Create The Alt-Right?
51. Privilege As A Blessing
52. Lily In The Field: Live and Forgive
53. Diversity Day At The Office
54. Humans Are Groupies
55. Should We Celebrate Bad Traditions Too?
56. Even In Canada
57. Ben Franklin, Founding Farter
58. Lily In The Field: Letting Go
59. The Killer Cuddle
61. Offend Yourself
62. Coward For Congress
63. Friends On Opposite Sides, Part 2
64. Moral Courage
65. When Isn't Talk Cheap?
THE LESSONS OF LILY
66. POOP Time
67. Amazing Grace
68. CCRAP Time
69. Colonized By CCRAP?
70. How To Keep the Wheels Moving: Tips 1-7
71. Friends: Tips 8-10
72. Educating For Honest Diversity