White Tears/Brown Scars

2020 - Shortlisted

Shortlisted

Judges' comments

In her blistering White Tears/Brown Scars, journalist and writer Ruby Hamad turns her unflinching gaze on the issue of white entitlement and fragility - specifically that of white women - and examines how that fragility can be used to silence and further marginalise women of colour.

In clear and at times damning prose, Hamad uses colonial history as well as extensive interviews and research from the contemporary West to explore the (mis)representation of women of colour and the historically unquestioned construct of “whiteness”. Hamad’s excoriating examination of the points at which racism and sexism collide can be confronting - especially for a white female audience - but it’s a confrontation and conversation we need to have.