Book Review – Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class, and Gender

Recently, I finishing Mia Mckenzie’s new book, Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class, and Gender. I cannot explain enough how much I loved it; not only was it extremely well written but the entire book had me critically thinking about my own privileges (particularly my whiteness) and about the systems and institutions that exist.

The book is made up of McKenzie’s pieces from the blog Black Girl Dangerous (of which she is the Editor) over the past two years and are on issues of race, queerness, class, and gender. She writes of her own personal experiences, has pieces of satire, and calls for everyone to be more accountable for their actions. There are also pieces on specific news stories, such as Paula Deen’s racism, and pieces on her experiences.

Mckenzie writes with such a passion and in such a way that was not only informative but also incredibly intriguing. I couldn’t agree more with Janet Mock when she wrote that Mckenzie has “a fierce voice among a generation of queer and trans folk of color.”

I definitely recommend this book, especially if you are looking to better understand the complexities of race, class, gender, and queerness.