Samira Mehta, The Racism of People Who Love You

Main Point Books welcomes Dr. Samira Mehta as she comes home to Philly to celebrate her new book, "The Racism of People Who Love You: Essays on Mixed Race Belonging." This event in happen at Summit Presbyterian Church in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. The evening is cosponsored by Folkshul and Tikkun Olam Chavurah.

Books are available for purchase through the store's website link below, and will be for sale at the event. Samira will autograph and personalize books ordered to be mailed - those will be sent out after the event. When you order through our website, please include any personalization you want in the "comment" section of the order form.

Reservations are requested via Eventbrite to help us plan for seating. For the safety of the community we ask that masks be worn during this event. The reading will be followed by a reception sponsored by Folkshul - masks will not be required during that part of the event.

There is ample free street parking at the church. The Septa Chestnut Hill West Line has nearby stops at Upsal and Carpenter Lane stations. For the safety of the community we ask that masks be worn during this event.

About the Book

"The Racism of People Who Love You" is an unflinching look at the challenges and misunderstandings mixed-race people face in family spaces and intimate relationships across their varying cultural backgrounds. In a voice both compassionate and directly challenging, Samira Mehta blends memoir, cultural criticism, and a deep understanding of the complexity of race in the U.S. She explores how mixed race people hit barriers to belonging from one side of their family and pressures to conform, along with racism, from another.

While popular belief assumes that mixedness gives you the ability to feel at home in more than one culture, the reality is that mixed race kids can feel just as alienated in those spaces. In 7 essays that dissect her own experiences with a frankness tempered by generosity, Mehta confronts questions about:

  • authenticity and belonging
  • conscious and unconscious cultural inheritance
  • appropriate mentorship
  • the racism of people who love you

About the Author

Born to a white American and a South Asian immigrant, Samira Mehta grew up feeling more comfortable with her mother’s family than her father’s—they never carried on conversations in languages she couldn’t understand or blamed her for finding the food was too spicy. In adulthood, she realized that some of her Indian family’s assumptions about the world had become an indelible part of her—and that her well-intentioned parents had not known how to prepare her for a world that would see her as a person of color. A one-time resident of Philadelphia, Dr. Mehta is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Director of the Program for Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Event date: 

Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Summit Presbyterian Church
6757 Greene St
Philadelphia, PA 19144


The Racism of People Who Love You: Essays on Mixed Race Belonging By Samira Mehta Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807026366
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Published: Beacon Press - January 10th, 2023