You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism review

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about RacismYou’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism by Amber Ruffin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Man. I preordered this book because Amber Ruffin is hilarious, and then kind of forgot what exactly it was about. And, as you can clearly tell from the title, it’s a bunch of stories about racist things people have done. But it is funny! And that makes it a bit easier to swallow, even as you read these terrible, terrible stories. So it all kind of balances out, and it’s an easier read than . (but boy, there are a lot of racist people out there 😦 )

My favorite story: Lacey was going to AfroComicCon (most of the stories take place in Omaha, where Lacey lives), and dressed up as the Little Mermaid – this was right after the news had broken that there was going to be a live-action remake with a Black girl playing Ariel. One little girl at the con came up to her, and when she heard who Lacey was dressed up as, said “You can’t be the Little Mermaid; the Little Mermaid is white!”. Lacey explained that that was the point; you can be whatever you want to be, and the girl came back with “Fine, but you’re still not the Little Mermaid.”

But! The girl’s mother heard this, gave her a talking-to, and made the girl come back and apologize. The girl said “My mom says we can all be whatever we want to be…And that I need to hang out with you more.” Hah! (this is one of the very very few stories with a happy ending)

Anyway, there’s a lot of funny, funny stuff in there that is also very depressing


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