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Have you ever searched for the perfect book to help you to process your radical identity? Or perhaps you’re seeking to better understand and/or support someone who challenges identity norms?
If you answered yes.. this book was made for you!
Dr. Ronnie Gladden is the author of White Girl Within
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Told through dreams, domestic violence, dramatic re-enactments, semi-autobiographical reflections, and social critique – White Girl Within: Letters of Self-Discovery Between a Transgender and Transracial Black Man and his Inner Female -- by award winning educator Ronnie Gladden -- tells the true-to-life and improbable story of a black man named Ronnie who is struggling with an internalized (and nameless) “White Girl” identity.
Uniquely structured as a series of letters written between “White Girl “and Ronnie, readers will get to experience how popular culture and arts immersion served as a buffer between the complex interactions involving the two of them. At least for most of the time.
White Girl Within also features chance meetings with key individuals, celebrities, and Ronnie’s critical interaction alongside a controversial and widely known transracial figure featured within a Netflix documentary. And there’s even a description of a White House visit. The eclectic and disparate details uniquely culminate into identity, gender, and genre bending. Notwithstanding, this creative non-fiction book formulates into a coherent and compelling work. And the nuanced tapestry of the manuscript is firmly and consistently centered on this fundamental question: What will it take for Ronnie, the black man, to transition to better approximate and present his repressed white female identity?
During this time of renewed racial tensions in the United States, the downright dismissal of transracial identity, increasing transgender discrimination, and pushback on diversity leadership and teachings in many other parts of the world, White Girl Within dares to stir and even disrupt the status quo. Essentially, White Girl Within challenges the reader to confront parts of their own repressed internal identity as they may grapple to understand what it means to present to society the exact opposite of their whole truth.
The book also asks: What will it take for you or an acquaintance to transition to represent a more aligned and authentic guise?
Dr. Ronnie Gladden is a motivational speaker, actor, author, and tenured professor. His work with at risk teens and young adults proved successful with improving educational and equity outcomes.
Dr. Ronnie implemented a critical diversity & inclusion training curriculum and dynamic speaking series boasting national and international cultural figures across multiple campuses within a college system. His work is centered on fostering identity reconciliation, empowerment, and independent representation via authentic, transformative, and diversity leadership practices for global impact.