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In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who... Read more
In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodgehas written a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary examination of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today --
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race Hardback edition by Reni Eddo-Lodge
This book does nothing but increase the tension and divide between races. It will not help you understand the root causes of today's issues, it will not bring you closer to your fellow human beings, nor will it bring you love and understanding. All it will do - and inherently can do - is turn you into yet another agent in the spreading of hatred and violence (be it physical, verbal or mental) between the black and white races. And that won't solve anybody's problems.
As a black man I admit that there's a lot that can be said about the relationship between black people and white people in our society. But for all the negative thoughts and feelings you may hold about the opposite race; please don't let this book drag you down to that same level by also turning you into a racist.
I was excited to read this book after first reading the blog in 2014 and it did not disappoint. Eddo-Lodge makes a compelling argument about why race in Britain is the way it is that calls for education about the British Empire amongst other things. It is written with passion and that makes it easy to read and engage with. This book will start important conversations and I only wish the law makers and people who set school curriculum are reading. People of colour will resonate and white people will learn a lot.
Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, award-winning journalist. She has written for the New York Times, the Voice, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Stylist, Inside Housing, the Pool, Dazed and Confused, and the New Humanist. She is the winner of a Women of the World Bold Moves Award, an MHP 30 to Watch Award and was chosen as one of the Top 30 Young People in Digital Media by the Guardian in 2014. She has also been listed in Elle's 100 Inspirational Women list, and The Root's 30 Black Viral Voices Under 30. She contributed to The Good Immigrant. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race is her first book. It won the 2018 British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year, the 2018 Jhalak Prize, was chosen as Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Blackwell's Non-Fiction Book of the Year, was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Orwell Prize and shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Non-Fiction.
"I couldn't have a conversation with white folks about the details of a problem if they didn't want to recognise that the problem exists. Worse still was the white person who might be willing to entertain the possibility of said racism but still thinks we enter this conversation as equals. We didn't then, and we don't now."...
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