So You Want to Talk About Race
July 31, 2019 7:13 PM - by Ijeoma Oluo - Subscribe

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of African Americans--have made it impossible to ignore the issue of race. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair--and how do you make it right? How...

How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

"Oluo gives us--both white people and people of color--that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases."
--National Book Review

"Generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt . . . it's for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action."
--Salon (Required Reading)
posted by aniola (3 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I really enjoyed this book. Had to return it to the library before I finished it. I will most likely buy it. I liked the short sections and the conversational style. Having also read White Fragility, I think it’s a great companion to that book.
posted by expialidocious at 11:15 AM on August 1

I ended up purchasing a copy earlier this year because I didn't want to wait to get off my library's waitlist, ha. It's great. Oluo writes so insightfully and clearly, with patience and humor as well. I started lightly marking passages with pencil almost immediately because of how she specifically explained or phrased things that resonated either with my specific BIPOC experience or the broader experience of being BIPOC, being American, or just being a person with similar perspectives. There's a lot to be said for the book, which is written so very patiently and empathetically that it's a great introduction for non-BIPOC (and especially non-black people) to learn more about the many complicated intersections of identity and history involved with thinking about and discussing race relations nowadays. A personal fave for sure. I wish I had this book when I was younger, but I'm glad to have it now.
posted by rather be jorting at 7:03 AM on August 2

Truly a wonderful book. Want to give it to everyone I know-especially White friends starting to look at their own privilege.
posted by purenitrous at 9:54 PM on August 9

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