In 2018, Layla F. Saad ran a 28-day Instagram challenge under the hashtag #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, designed to encourage white people to unflinchingly examine their complicity in upholding an oppressive power system. The challenge catalysed an awakening for thousands and led to the publication of Layla’s Me and White Supremacy, “an indispensable resource for white people who want to challenge white supremacy but don’t know where to begin” (Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility). Layla provides insight into her work in conversation with Sarah Ayoub.
Layla F. Saad (International)
Layla F. Saad is a globally respected writer, speaker and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change. As an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in the Middle East, Layla has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Layla's work is driven by her powerful desire to 'become a good ancestor'; to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone. Me And White Supremacy is Layla's first book. Initially offered for free following an Instagram challenge under the same name, the bestselling digital Me And White Supremacy Workbook was downloaded by close to 90,000 people around the world in the space of six months, before becoming a traditionally published book. Layla earned her Bachelor of Law degree from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. She lives in Doha, Qatar, with her husband and two children.
Sarah Ayoub (Australian)
Sarah Ayoub is a journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Sun-Herald, ELLE, Marie-Claire, Sydney Review of Books and more. Sarah teaches writing at The University of Notre Dame in Sydney, where she is completing her PhD on migrant females in Australian Young Adult literature. She is the author of Hate is Such a Strong Word and The Yearbook Committee and a contributor to Arab, Australian, Other. Her forthcoming book, The Cult of Romance, is out in 2021.