Book Review: Race for What? A White Man’s Journey & Guide to Healing Racism from Within by JD Mass

“Race For What? A White Man’s Journey & Guide to Healing Racism from Within” is an upcoming book by international author JD Mass that will be released this March 29, 2022. The said book showcases JD Mass’ lifelong journey to racism. This biographical book features their own stories and experiences of JD Mass and his perspective as a white man living with aboriginal and indigenous folks. The book serves as a medium to talk about one of the most controversial rampant topics nowadays; racism.


Race For WhatThe first half of the book contains stories about the author himself and his experiences with racism. JD Mass has been very vocal about his concerns regarding anti-black racism as he was raised and taught to be considerate of other people regardless of their race and color. He grew up alongside his aboriginal friends, in which he saw the struggles they experienced just because of their color. Mass is open and aware of the injustices his aboriginal friends face every day at a young age. 


Just from reading bits of JD Mass’ personal life throughout the first half of the book, I already commend the author’s bravery to stick with his core and fight for what he truly believes. He is not afraid to stand up for his friends and defend them from those trying to oppress them. He is upfront about his feelings and voices them when he sees something bothering him and his friends and loved ones.


Also, included in the book are seven steps for white folks to take to heal the harm of white supremacy culture. Racism has been going for centuries now, and even today, black people from around the world still experience discrimination. We may see that there’s already some progress, but it’s still not enough to eliminate the problem on hand.


This book served as an eye-opening experience, which made me aware of the realities of the world. It made me think of the privileges I have and experience as an individual. Some aboriginal and indigenous folks out there struggle to be treated generally without repercussions, and some work to receive even the bare minimum of right they deserve. Aside from that, they receive unwanted judgment from the eyes of the society who believes in superiority just based on their skin color—there needs to be an end to this way of thinking.


Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. Reading it from start to finish is such an insightful journey. The author will take you from his point of view and let you see how it feels like to live with the care of aboriginal folks. It will awaken you of the privileges you have and the importance of taking actions to help diminish the whole anti-black racism concept. Make sure to pre-order your copy now!

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