Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

Super Bowl Champion and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is an outspoken proponent for social justice and a man without a censor. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three time Pro Bowl defensive end, a fearless activist, a feminist, a grassroots philanthropist, an organizer, and a change maker. He's also one of the most scathingly humorous athletes on the plan Super Bowl Champion and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is an outspoken proponent for social justice and a man ...

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Title:Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Author:Michael Bennett
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:220 pages pages

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable Reviews

  • Patricia
    May 16, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and what surprised me was he is also an activist, a feminist, a person not only concerned with the rights of of black athletes, but also speaks on and is a supporte...

    Though this book had been recommended to me several times, I kept passing it by because I thought it would focus on football and I'm not much of a fan. Well, Bennett did talk a lot about football, but not in the way I might have expected - he uses it as a lens to look at racism in Amer...

    I've been a fan of Michael Bennett as a football player. I liked him even more when I saw his leadership with respect to fighting racism in America through anthem protests at the game. And I know from pressers he is funny, self-assured, and doesn't suffer fools! He's also a very ...

    Definitely one for school libraries. I am not a football fan and didn't know who Michael Bennett was before reading this book, but I have come to respect him for speaking up and speaking out. In his simple words, he write with humility and courage and I admire him. I think students who...

    Michael Bennett has to be one of the most compassionate public figures today. His book (and attitude and actions) are so inspiring and I?m glad I picked it up. Not only does he identify and care about a variety of social issues, he?s taking concrete action and demonstrating his pas...

    Well thought out and written. Humorous at times and straight to the point. Of course he had the help of seasoned editors, but I couldn't write well, clear, knowledgeably, and concise if I was working out and training for hours a day, then dealing with press, and putting in that much ti...

    I recommend the book especially for those looking for thoughtful takes on sports, BLM, or other social justice-related issues (a friend told me this book introduced the term "intersectionality" to him, so that's a plus.) Maybe a 3.5 - I didn't rate it higher because the chapters shift ...

    Damn good book, and a damn fitting title considering the topics it ranges over. Covers an activist-athlete's life from growing up to involvement in contemporary movements like BLM and food justice, to intersectionality, to family. Punchy and non-florid writing is greatly appreciated af...

    Damn! Wow! It is not often that I want to write an author a letter of gratitude. This book woke me up and also rang true with some of the things that I have observed about professional and college sports. I think Mr. Bennett is amazing and I want him to be very careful while he c...

  • Lupine
    Apr 21, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

  • Kate
    Jan 12, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

  • Joe
    Jan 10, 2019

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and what surprised me was he is also an activist, a feminist, a person not only concerned with the rights of of black athletes, but also speaks on and is a supporte...

  • jeremy
    Apr 26, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

  • mali
    Oct 13, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and what surprised me was he is also an activist, a feminist, a person not only concerned with the rights of of black athletes, but also speaks on and is a supporte...

    Though this book had been recommended to me several times, I kept passing it by because I thought it would focus on football and I'm not much of a fan. Well, Bennett did talk a lot about football, but not in the way I might have expected - he uses it as a lens to look at racism in Amer...

    I've been a fan of Michael Bennett as a football player. I liked him even more when I saw his leadership with respect to fighting racism in America through anthem protests at the game. And I know from pressers he is funny, self-assured, and doesn't suffer fools! He's also a very ...

    Definitely one for school libraries. I am not a football fan and didn't know who Michael Bennett was before reading this book, but I have come to respect him for speaking up and speaking out. In his simple words, he write with humility and courage and I admire him. I think students who...

    Michael Bennett has to be one of the most compassionate public figures today. His book (and attitude and actions) are so inspiring and I?m glad I picked it up. Not only does he identify and care about a variety of social issues, he?s taking concrete action and demonstrating his pas...

  • Chalida
    Aug 01, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and what surprised me was he is also an activist, a feminist, a person not only concerned with the rights of of black athletes, but also speaks on and is a supporte...

    Though this book had been recommended to me several times, I kept passing it by because I thought it would focus on football and I'm not much of a fan. Well, Bennett did talk a lot about football, but not in the way I might have expected - he uses it as a lens to look at racism in Amer...

    I've been a fan of Michael Bennett as a football player. I liked him even more when I saw his leadership with respect to fighting racism in America through anthem protests at the game. And I know from pressers he is funny, self-assured, and doesn't suffer fools! He's also a very ...

    Definitely one for school libraries. I am not a football fan and didn't know who Michael Bennett was before reading this book, but I have come to respect him for speaking up and speaking out. In his simple words, he write with humility and courage and I admire him. I think students who...

  • Robin
    May 27, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

  • Jessica
    Feb 07, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

  • Fraser Kinnear
    Oct 09, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

  • Mark Ballinger
    May 22, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

  • Dianah
    Jun 04, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

  • Brad
    Feb 01, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

  • Kristin Boldon
    Dec 25, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

  • Andre
    Apr 01, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

  • Victor
    Apr 18, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

  • Sumit
    Jun 20, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and what surprised me was he is also an activist, a feminist, a person not only concerned with the rights of of black athletes, but also speaks on and is a supporte...

    Though this book had been recommended to me several times, I kept passing it by because I thought it would focus on football and I'm not much of a fan. Well, Bennett did talk a lot about football, but not in the way I might have expected - he uses it as a lens to look at racism in Amer...

  • David
    Dec 31, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

  • Danni Green
    Oct 08, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

  • John
    May 22, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and what surprised me was he is also an activist, a feminist, a person not only concerned with the rights of of black athletes, but also speaks on and is a supporte...

    Though this book had been recommended to me several times, I kept passing it by because I thought it would focus on football and I'm not much of a fan. Well, Bennett did talk a lot about football, but not in the way I might have expected - he uses it as a lens to look at racism in Amer...

    I've been a fan of Michael Bennett as a football player. I liked him even more when I saw his leadership with respect to fighting racism in America through anthem protests at the game. And I know from pressers he is funny, self-assured, and doesn't suffer fools! He's also a very ...

    Definitely one for school libraries. I am not a football fan and didn't know who Michael Bennett was before reading this book, but I have come to respect him for speaking up and speaking out. In his simple words, he write with humility and courage and I admire him. I think students who...

    Michael Bennett has to be one of the most compassionate public figures today. His book (and attitude and actions) are so inspiring and I?m glad I picked it up. Not only does he identify and care about a variety of social issues, he?s taking concrete action and demonstrating his pas...

    Well thought out and written. Humorous at times and straight to the point. Of course he had the help of seasoned editors, but I couldn't write well, clear, knowledgeably, and concise if I was working out and training for hours a day, then dealing with press, and putting in that much ti...

    I recommend the book especially for those looking for thoughtful takes on sports, BLM, or other social justice-related issues (a friend told me this book introduced the term "intersectionality" to him, so that's a plus.) Maybe a 3.5 - I didn't rate it higher because the chapters shift ...

    Damn good book, and a damn fitting title considering the topics it ranges over. Covers an activist-athlete's life from growing up to involvement in contemporary movements like BLM and food justice, to intersectionality, to family. Punchy and non-florid writing is greatly appreciated af...

  • Lee Ann
    Jul 14, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and what surprised me was he is also an activist, a feminist, a person not only concerned with the rights of of black athletes, but also speaks on and is a supporte...

    Though this book had been recommended to me several times, I kept passing it by because I thought it would focus on football and I'm not much of a fan. Well, Bennett did talk a lot about football, but not in the way I might have expected - he uses it as a lens to look at racism in Amer...

    I've been a fan of Michael Bennett as a football player. I liked him even more when I saw his leadership with respect to fighting racism in America through anthem protests at the game. And I know from pressers he is funny, self-assured, and doesn't suffer fools! He's also a very ...

  • Randall Wallace
    Nov 24, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

  • Camille McCarthy
    Jan 02, 2019

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

  • Tim Mccaskey
    Sep 05, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and what surprised me was he is also an activist, a feminist, a person not only concerned with the rights of of black athletes, but also speaks on and is a supporte...

    Though this book had been recommended to me several times, I kept passing it by because I thought it would focus on football and I'm not much of a fan. Well, Bennett did talk a lot about football, but not in the way I might have expected - he uses it as a lens to look at racism in Amer...

    I've been a fan of Michael Bennett as a football player. I liked him even more when I saw his leadership with respect to fighting racism in America through anthem protests at the game. And I know from pressers he is funny, self-assured, and doesn't suffer fools! He's also a very ...

    Definitely one for school libraries. I am not a football fan and didn't know who Michael Bennett was before reading this book, but I have come to respect him for speaking up and speaking out. In his simple words, he write with humility and courage and I admire him. I think students who...

    Michael Bennett has to be one of the most compassionate public figures today. His book (and attitude and actions) are so inspiring and I?m glad I picked it up. Not only does he identify and care about a variety of social issues, he?s taking concrete action and demonstrating his pas...

    Well thought out and written. Humorous at times and straight to the point. Of course he had the help of seasoned editors, but I couldn't write well, clear, knowledgeably, and concise if I was working out and training for hours a day, then dealing with press, and putting in that much ti...

    I recommend the book especially for those looking for thoughtful takes on sports, BLM, or other social justice-related issues (a friend told me this book introduced the term "intersectionality" to him, so that's a plus.) Maybe a 3.5 - I didn't rate it higher because the chapters shift ...

  • Maurissa Mitchem
    Apr 04, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

  • Lissa
    Jul 09, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

  • Alex Bear
    Sep 10, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and what surprised me was he is also an activist, a feminist, a person not only concerned with the rights of of black athletes, but also speaks on and is a supporte...

    Though this book had been recommended to me several times, I kept passing it by because I thought it would focus on football and I'm not much of a fan. Well, Bennett did talk a lot about football, but not in the way I might have expected - he uses it as a lens to look at racism in Amer...

    I've been a fan of Michael Bennett as a football player. I liked him even more when I saw his leadership with respect to fighting racism in America through anthem protests at the game. And I know from pressers he is funny, self-assured, and doesn't suffer fools! He's also a very ...

    Definitely one for school libraries. I am not a football fan and didn't know who Michael Bennett was before reading this book, but I have come to respect him for speaking up and speaking out. In his simple words, he write with humility and courage and I admire him. I think students who...

    Michael Bennett has to be one of the most compassionate public figures today. His book (and attitude and actions) are so inspiring and I?m glad I picked it up. Not only does he identify and care about a variety of social issues, he?s taking concrete action and demonstrating his pas...

    Well thought out and written. Humorous at times and straight to the point. Of course he had the help of seasoned editors, but I couldn't write well, clear, knowledgeably, and concise if I was working out and training for hours a day, then dealing with press, and putting in that much ti...

  • Michael Linsner
    Apr 08, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

  • Brett
    Nov 20, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...

    Though I have read a number of books that tackle these same topics, I am especially appreciative of this one - because Bennett is a famous football player, I anticipate that there will be readers drawn to this book who might not otherwise pick up a text centering on race and class issu...

    I learned a lot about football from this book. I never paid much attention since I didn't grow up with it, and I also thought the student athletes did get some kind of compensation, so I was surprised to learn that NCAA athletes do not get paid for being on the football team, even tho...

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, and what surprised me was he is also an activist, a feminist, a person not only concerned with the rights of of black athletes, but also speaks on and is a supporte...

    Though this book had been recommended to me several times, I kept passing it by because I thought it would focus on football and I'm not much of a fan. Well, Bennett did talk a lot about football, but not in the way I might have expected - he uses it as a lens to look at racism in Amer...

    I've been a fan of Michael Bennett as a football player. I liked him even more when I saw his leadership with respect to fighting racism in America through anthem protests at the game. And I know from pressers he is funny, self-assured, and doesn't suffer fools! He's also a very ...

    Definitely one for school libraries. I am not a football fan and didn't know who Michael Bennett was before reading this book, but I have come to respect him for speaking up and speaking out. In his simple words, he write with humility and courage and I admire him. I think students who...

    Michael Bennett has to be one of the most compassionate public figures today. His book (and attitude and actions) are so inspiring and I?m glad I picked it up. Not only does he identify and care about a variety of social issues, he?s taking concrete action and demonstrating his pas...

    Well thought out and written. Humorous at times and straight to the point. Of course he had the help of seasoned editors, but I couldn't write well, clear, knowledgeably, and concise if I was working out and training for hours a day, then dealing with press, and putting in that much ti...

    I recommend the book especially for those looking for thoughtful takes on sports, BLM, or other social justice-related issues (a friend told me this book introduced the term "intersectionality" to him, so that's a plus.) Maybe a 3.5 - I didn't rate it higher because the chapters shift ...

    Damn good book, and a damn fitting title considering the topics it ranges over. Covers an activist-athlete's life from growing up to involvement in contemporary movements like BLM and food justice, to intersectionality, to family. Punchy and non-florid writing is greatly appreciated af...

    Damn! Wow! It is not often that I want to write an author a letter of gratitude. This book woke me up and also rang true with some of the things that I have observed about professional and college sports. I think Mr. Bennett is amazing and I want him to be very careful while he c...

    I've never watched a single football game but I've lived in Seattle for 17 years so I know the Seahawks are a big deal and their players are cool people. I was at the library a few days ago and this book "Things That Make White People Uncomfortable" with a "peak picks" sticker jumped o...

  • Meron Semere
    Oct 31, 2018

    Seattle Seahawk Pro Bowler Michael Bennett has an opinion on pretty much everything, and I loved reading every one of them. Just a look at the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is about: The NCAA is some BS, NFL Reality, Without Food Your Ass is Doing...

    As an NFL fan who sat during the anthem in solidarity with players like Bennett at the last NFL game I attended, I was hugely excited to be sent an ARC of this book to review. Part personal memoir, part political statement (and it isn't lost on me that how extremely sad it is that a bl...

    The ?things that make white people uncomfortable? are subtlety addressed throughout. However, anyone who reads this should become uncomfortable and ask him/herself, ?Am I doing enough for the betterment of my community, the community at large and mankind?? He challenges our...

    More like 3.5 REVIEW ?? Michael Bennett was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, now of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and is a thoughtful and conscious guy, fully woke. He has some thoughts he would like to share with the general public and this book is the result of hi...

    I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be biased, I'm a good white liberal in Seattle and Michael Bennett is my favorite Seahawk, purely for his advocacy for literacy programs and his activism. (Also the bike ride.) I knew he was writing a bo...

    I grabbed this one from the New Nonfiction shelf at the library. I have no interest in football and had never heard of the author before, which actually made it really interesting to read because I was able to assess that the author did a really good job of contextualizing the sports r...

    but it's so much easier to talk shit than to do shit, because once you are out there representing what you believe, people see the real you. most everybody in the world wears a mask, and very rarely do people unveil who they really are. and i've done that. i'm naked here. so i'm going...

    A fairly introductory primer to some of Michael Bennett's political and social justice thoughts. It's all told in a very conversational and entertaining style by Bennett himself. I'm not sure what Dave Zirin brought in. I recently read an interview with Zirin in The Jacobin that ki...

    The thing that made this white man uncomfortable was the reminder how damaging football is. My fandom of football is a serious guilty pleasure, and while the horrible tragedy of brain injury is not unknown, and the terrible treatment of college players under the umbrella of vast wealth...

    Excellent. I don't care one whit about football (and indeed I skipped over parts that were too football-y for me) and, in fact, I admit I really only vaguely knew who Michael Bennett is when I started it. But I'll say this, I am now a huge fan of this human who works for change and und...

    Michael Bennett's book is touching, eye-opening and tear-inspiring. Overall it's an homage to what we can be, as a global society. People standing together out of love, not fear, to break down that which oppresses and deprives some many around us. Highly recommended. It'll inspire y...

    While what constitutes "whiteness" is a matter of debate, and I don't view myself as being "white" (and as a Jew, I'm sure that racists would agree with that), this book ended up making me a bit uncomfortable anyway. Watching (American) football has always been a bit of a guilty pl...

    Great book. I don't really care about football, but I'm now a fan of Michael Bennett. I wasn't really uncomfortable but I did appreciate his candid discussion of race in America. ...

    My husband the Eagles fan recommended this, and it a solid set of essays on one man's awakening and support of social justice. Bennett is deservedly a confident man, and had some excellent insight on the business of sports that chews up and spits out most athletes. There was more on th...

    Wow, who knew NFL player Michael Bennett was a visionary justice warrior with a world-wide view, and the sensibilities for community outreach? He is, and he does, and he has the writing chops to tell us all about it. For a lady who hates sports, this book was so much more than I expect...

    The title of the book led me to believe that this was going to be a snide or maybe even vindictive polemic about race in America today. That absolutely wasn't the case. Michael Bennett has a big heart, and while there are a few somber or angry moments, for the most part Bennett is wond...

    70% of Pro Football players are black. This book is about how the country sees ?us as heroes on the field, and disposable off the field.? Michael?s brother Martellus said, ?no one says ?stick to sports? when you are using your spare time to sell McDonalds. Only when you try...

    This book is an a simulating reading experience. Michael Bennet analyzes his own life in the main themes of race, privilege, intersectionality, gender, and football. Football is the main way that most people define Michael Bennet and he opens with that. Michael Bennet seen in his own e...