Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

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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 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 --

McMillan Palgrave
"This is a book that was begging to be written . . . Essential." --Marlon James

Selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for January/February 2018
Sunday Times Bestseller
Winner of the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year
Winner of the Jhalak Prize

"This is a book that was begging to be written . . . Essential." --Marlon James

"The most important book for me this year." --Emma Watson

"One of the most important books of 2017." --Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote 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. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race."

Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanized by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of color in Britain today.

Foyles Nonfiction Book of the Year
Blackwell's Nonfiction Book of the Year
Named One of the Best Books of 2017 by:
The Guardian
The Observer
The Brooklyn Rail
Cultured Vultures

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A provocative examination of race and racism by the award-winning journalist behind the viral blog post of the same name shares essential insights about what it means to be a person of color, exploring issues ranging from eradicated black history and the fallacy of "meritocracy" to white-washing feminism and the inextricable link between race and class. (This book was listed in a previous issue of Forecast.)

Publisher: London, UK : Bloomsbury Circus, 2017
ISBN: 9781408870556
Branch Call Number: 305.8 Ed23w
Characteristics: xvii, 249 pages ; 22 cm


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LPL_RenM Aug 25, 2018

"Yet racism is a white problem. It reveals the anxieties, hypocrisies and double standards of whiteness. It is a problem in the psyche of whiteness that white people must take responsibility to solve. You can only do so much from the outside."

LPL_RenM Aug 25, 2018

"I don't want to be included. Instead, I want to question who created the standard in the first place. After a lifetime of embodying difference, I have no desire to be equal. I want to deconstruct the structural power of a system that marked me out as different. I don't wish to be assimilated into the status quo. I want to be liberated from all negative assumptions that my characteristics bring. The onus is not on me to change. Instead, it's the world around me." (Pg. 184)

LPL_RenM Aug 25, 2018

"Your silence will not protect you."

LPL_RenM Aug 25, 2018

"Demands for equality need to be as complicated as the inequalities they attempt to address."

LPL_RenM Aug 25, 2018

"Feminism, at its bet, is a movement that works to liberate all people who have been economically, socially, and culturally marginalized by an ideological system that has been designed for them to fail. That means disabled people, black people, trans people, women and non-binary people, LGB people and working-class people. The idea of campaigning for equality must be complicated if we are to untangle the situation we're in. Feminism will have won when we have ended poverty. It will have won when women are no longer expected to work two jobs (the care and emotional labour for their families as well as their day jobs) by default." (Pg. 131)


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LPL_RenM Aug 25, 2018

Reni Eddo-Lodge outlines the tension and frustrations of discussing race with white people along six dimensions- history, the system, white privilege, fear of a black planet, feminism, and class. She ends not with a "we're getting there" but a "we have to have this messy, complicated discussion" to get "there." With an appropriate critique of where "there" is.

Her critique of the way these discussions of race unfold, are framed, are appropriated for political agendas, and are distorted until they are shut down to protect the political ideology of "whiteness" resonated. Not in the way of, "oh yeah, I totally knew that" but in a "oh. yes. that is how I've been taught to think and speak about race."

Perhaps what struck me most deeply was the white feminist dismissal of "intersectionality." Intersectionality is key to understanding identity development and experiences. However, in a strategic move to shut down the conversation, it is often removed from materials designed for workplaces outside of academia. In doing so, the experiences of entire groups of people are invalidated and a huge contribution made by black women to social theory and feminism is negated. (Intersectionality: When two or more identities combine to create a distinct experience of society).

Her work is powerful, thought-provoking, and helpful in understanding oneself in the current political environment.

Feb 14, 2018

This book deals with issues regarding racism, feminism, and white priviledge. It was very interesting and I enjoyed it in many ways, and quite a few things that the author said really stuck with me in terms of my own white priviledge. It is a really important book for people to read, especially white people.
I am giving this book a 3.5 for two reasons. One, If you are not British or have not lived in Britain the book at times can be a bit difficult to understand in terms of the facts and mentions to British institutions. For example there are a few references to British laws, the education system, and acronyms that would be familiar to British people. These things are not explained enough, the author does not participate in one of my rules for my students, assume that the reader has no idea what you are talking about. A lot of meaning or real life examples might be lost to readers from other countries. Which is detrimental to the authors message. The second reason is some of the information in the book was really heavy, detailed, and intensive. You really need to be ready to sit down and absorb information. You must be ready to pay attention, this book is not for someone looking for a light read that they can skim through.

Over all this book was a positive experience for me, I read it for the Our Shared Self book club.

Sep 29, 2017

interview with author on CBC The Current

Aug 10, 2017

The major problem with this author's work is she falls for the oligarchy meme that everything, or almost everything, should be ascribed to // racisim \\ which conveniently allows all the perfidy, all the crimes for profit, to be ignored and continue unpunished. [See global economic meltdown, and President Obama constantly and falsely claiming that . . . // the bankers broke no laws. \\ ]
The author mentions // impenetrable white workplace culture \\ which is balderdash to anyone not Black who has also fallen victim to such. She sees Brexit as fear of multiculturalism, ignoring those incredibly negative economic impacts from unbridled economic immigration to the workers [and wholesale jobs offshoring, et cetera]. The other night BBC ran a program on the internment of Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants during WWII, and while George Takei was most impressive in the program, BBC ended with the pronouncement that // racism \\ was the cause - - most conveniently, as usual, ignoring those financial and economic aspects: so many of those interned Japanese-Americans [two-thirds of the Japanese interned were US citizens] lost their lands and businesses, and those lands would latter be prime California wine-growing land with valuable water rights, et cetera. So who profited from it? This subject is never discussed - - instead it is always racisim that is the boogeyman, conveniently ignoring any and all forms of robbery and economic exploitation!
[For the record, the principal architects of the Japanese internment during WWII were Earl Warren and John J. McCloy, who I would guess, probably somehow profited financially from it. They would both later serve on the aptly named Warren Commission, the cover-up group of the Kennedy assassination of 1963.]
As long as some ascribe everything to racism, then mass thievery, robbery and exploitation can be conveniently ignored at all levels, just as the identities of the owners of today are conveniently ignored today by the oblivious masses!


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Feb 14, 2018

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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Feb 14, 2018

This book is split into 7 chapters, I have already returned it so I will try to remember what they are for people looking for somthing specific about racism.
Chapter 1. Histories, details the history of black people in Britian mostly in the modern times, it does NOT go into extensive detail on imperialism and slavery.
Chapter 2. The system. How do British institutions enforce racism and white priviledge
Chapter 3. White Priviledge. This chapter attempts to explain white priviledge and what it is and how we can recognize it in our selves and others
Chapter 4. Fear of a Black Planet. Details peoples fear into Britain becoming less white and more ethnic.
Chapter 5. Feminism. Details the unique issue that is black feminism
Chapter 6. Race and class. This chapter details how race and class are usually connected.
Chapter 7. Summary, the shortest chapter which summed up everything.


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Feb 14, 2018

Violence: Discusses violence against minorities

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