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

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

Book - 2017
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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-Lodge has written a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary examination of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today --
Publisher: London :, Bloomsbury Circus,, 2017
ISBN: 9781408870556
Branch Call Number: 305.8 E213w 2017
Characteristics: xvii, 249 pages ; 23 cm


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A clear and convincing dissection of racism and the white denial that perpetuates it.

Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge has written a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary examination of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge has written a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary examination of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

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Jan 25, 2021

A well researched and thought provoking piece. It is useful to have a British perspective in a market that predominantly focuses on the equally abhorrent subject of racism in America. A must read.

Nov 20, 2020

Decently written but the arguments are at best elementary and at worst written in bad faith. Or objectively false. "Yet, racism is a white problem." (p.219) is an actual line from the book. If this sentence is anything less than absurd to you, reflecting on racism is indeed needed, but not in the way you're thinking.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Sep 15, 2020

I had seen a clip of Eddo-Lodge speaking during a Racial Justice Challenge that I had recently taken and decided to read her book. It was interesting to learn about Racism in Britain, and the discussions on race and feminism, and race and class.

Aug 17, 2020

What the %*$! is "StarGladiator" talking about? I ask that every time I read their "comments." I don't think the author is saying everything is about race and racism but, as a person of color, it's hard not to see things through this lens. This a valuable addition to the growing body of work of what is (re)emerging as one of the most important (and contentious) issues of our time. She's British, which gives her a different, fresh perspective. While they may have ended slavery before us, they also didn't experience the horrors of slavery firsthand, as it was happening in their colonies. Immigration from this colonies also came later and it seems from this book that the country has never really reckoned with it and its dark history of imperialism.
The new HBO show "I May Destroy You" also offers a compelling look at the black British experience.

OPL_DavidD Nov 28, 2018

A thoughtful book on the frustrations of speaking with people who will not acknowledge systematic prejudice. As an American, it was interesting to get a British perspective on similar issues that we have here. The last chapter provides some advice on how to go forward.

Nov 08, 2018

I wish I had enjoyed it more, but I just didn't feel enlightened or educated after finishing it.

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

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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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