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

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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' that led to this book.

Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political pu
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Bloomsbury Circus
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"White privilege is the fact that if you're white, your race will almost certainly positively impact your life's trajectory in some way. And you probably won't even notice it."

Once again - calm your horses - I'm here to say: every white person needs to read this books. Every one of us.

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race caught my attention roughly a year ago when I first saw the cover. And it's a good cover. And it's a great title. You were probably taken aback and had to swall
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great primer about Black history in England and why it's important to be intersectional and to think outside of your own experience. Especially as a Canadian it was really interesting to read about the British perspective and specific history. I especially catch myself thinking a lot about Eddo-Lodge's emphasize on making change in our workplaces.
Ian Connel
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
"Why I'm No Longer Talking to Black People about Race."

Consider that statement if you want to read this book. Avoid the mental gymnastics of postmodernism. Ask yourself, "does this statement show love and respect to other humans?"

If you answered no, then you are not a moron. Stay that way. Treat people as individuals, not as stereotypes.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Utter crap!

Let me explain why.

My wife is from Bangladesh, we will have been married for twenty years this december and have two wonderful daughters.

My point: I have had more racist abuse from blacks and asians since we have been married and my wife as had almost nothing in comparison. In fact the police found it very funny that my wife phoned them because it was I that was getting the racist abuse at our house not her at the time. It's amazing that they can laugh at white people for getting raci
Brown Girl Reading
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Non-fiction about race focus Britain
It was approximately five months ago that my book club was speaking about race since we were discussing Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I found myself being the unique reference since I was the only black person in the room. ...more
i planned on writing a full review of this, but i think all i need to say is:

if you are British and you haven't read this book, change that.

if you are a white feminist and you haven't read this book, change that.

if you think reverse racism is real and you haven't read this book, change that.

if you doubt the worth of affirmative action, if you feel icky about the growing numbers of immigrants in your country, if you are a white person with a Black family member who doesn't understand what that fa
Rick Burin
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Reni Eddo-Lodge opens up her provocative and challenging viral blogpost of 2014 into a 224-page (big type) book that has something to say, but says it unbelievably poorly. Eddo-Lodge may be right that ‘structural’ (institutionalised) racism is the biggest problem facing Britain today, she’s definitely right that anti-immigrant narratives are cynically used by those in power to divide the working class, and her early insights into whiteness being the ‘default’ from which everything is forced to d ...more
One of the best books I have ever read, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is essential reading for anyone who cares about social justice, other people, and the state of our society. Reni Eddo-Lodge provides a thorough and incisive history of slavery and racism in Britain, followed by several powerful chapters about white privilege, white-washed feminism, race and class, and more. I want to emulate her writing style: it is assertive and provocative, and every word feels fierce ...more
Mario the lone bookwolf
Racism is a virus, but as long as well meaning, but terribly mislead mental anti vaxxers keep avoiding changing their worldview, overcoming their subconscious bias and agenda, and aren´t willing to openly debate important topics without being offended, it keeps spreading in sophisticated parts of the population that deem themselves progressive, open minded, and pro equality and emancipation, promoting structural racism trough white fragility.

An example that an idea in a blog can be expanded to
Clif Hostetler
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-events
This book was prompted by the viral response that resulted from the posting of this message on the author's blog. I think the message is worth reading because it provides an excellent articulation of the near impossibility of communicating the fact of structural racism to white people who happen to be unwitting beneficiaries of it.

Below I've listed the main terms defined, explored and discussed in this book. The definitions are as I understand them to be from reading the book. My definitions
The Centrality of Race

Eddo-Lodge’s concern is not with prejudice, the irrational bias by white people against people of colour. It is with what she calls ‘structural racism’ for which overt racial prejudice is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition. Structural racism is what is left after all the explicit legal, technical and other formal constraints on the developmental possibilities available for people of colour have been largely removed. Structural racism is cultural; it is invisible;
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Race and racism in the UK. Readable, powerful, persuasive, informative, important.

I like to think of myself as a nice woolly liberal (BrE, which is tantamount to “socialist” in AmE), an ally of minorities and the oppressed. I’m conscious of my privilege as white, middle-class, straight, and able-bodied, and have rarely felt disadvantaged by the patriarchy despite (or because of?) working in a male-dominated field. But there are few people of colour in places I’ve lived, studied, or worked, and
NAT.orious reads ☾
5 ★★★★★

This book was an eye-opener in so many ways, especially so, because the author is a woman of colour reflecting on and illustrating her experiences of racism in Britain. And of course, as a white person, you never reach a point where you should not educate yourself. I am very glad I picked up this book. It encouraged me to educate myself more about intersectional Feminism. I have been aware of this topic and tried to practice the principles. Naturally, the book revealed the many areas whic
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-writers
I read Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race based upon the recommendation of Yamini. So make sure to check out her review.
Shutting up about racism creates the sort of silence that requires some to suffer so that others are comfortable.
And it's definitely a book that I, myself, will start recommending to people. Reni Eddo-Lodge has a very distinct and clear voice. I liked that she displayed her thoughts in such a structured way, and didn't try to sound academic or elaborate. T
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, ebook
I originally planned to write a review for this, but I think this quote from Reni herself is enough:

Talk to other white people who trust you. Talk to white people in the areas of your life where you have influence. If you feel burdened by your unearned privilege, try to use it for something, and use it where it counts. But don’t be anti-racist for the sake of an audience. Being white and anti-racist in your private or professional life, where there’s very little praise to be found, is much more
Mindy Reads
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although I do believe many points she made are valid, I have a hard time with how a lot of the book makes generalities and doesn't back up what it's claiming.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
“When do you think we’ll get to an end point?”

“There is no end point in sight,’ I reply. ‘You can’t skip to the resolution without having the difficult, messy conversation first. We’re still in the hard bit.”

In 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge made a blog post, from where emerges the book title, about why she does not want to talk to white people about race. The response was overwhelming, both from whites and people of color. Motivated by the response, she decided to continue the conversation in this b
Jack Edwards
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I started reading, I could not put this book down. I literally had to start rationing chapters so that I could actually get some uni work done.

This is one of the most eye-opening, thought-provoking, and paradigm-shifting books I have ever read, and I'm so glad I picked it up. The cover and title are, of course, extremely provocative, and it's bold statements like this that prick up our ears and lure us in. If you are a white reader, before you immediately deny your complicity in
Reni Eddo-Lodge no longer wants to talk to white people about race because white people always manage to make the conversation about themselves. Isn’t this the original definition of a bore? This would actually be funny if it didn’t have such deadly consequences for people of color everywhere.
“Discussing racism is not the same thing as discussing ‘black identity.’ Discussing racism is about discussing white identity. It’s about white anxiety.”
Eddo-Lodge is British and this book evolved from a
Lily ☁️
It’s more important and necessary than ever to actively fight racism at every perceivable level, and to support Black people; loudly, unerringly, unflinchingly. I haven’t read non-fiction books on racism in a while, since turning to articles, essays, and other online resources, but no matter the medium through with you decide to educate yourself—please, please remember that this is a marathon, not a race.

Let’s keep educating ourselves, and others, and work together to make this world a better pl
Lucy Langford
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Structural racism dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of people with the same biases joining together to make up one organisation, and acting accordingly. Structural racism is an impenetrably white workplace culture set by those people, where anyone who falls outside of the culture must conform of face failure.

Each time I read this I grab and absorb a bit more information. This is an important and essential read for beginning to understand race relations and structural racism in the UK.

Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to know more about racism and how it subtly prevails over us.
A very interesting read.
It's a relatively short book that talks about racism, its history, and its structure in Britain, focusing mostly on African-British or Caribbean-British societies. It's written in a clear and consice tone and I think reading it can be a mental exercise as the discourse around racism gains more momentum in today's world.

- My Personal Background and its Effect on the Reading Experience:
I am Iranian, and I don't fit in the main target audience of this book. I don't want to '
Tanja Berg
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
"Discussing racism is about discussing white identity. It's about white anxiety. It's about asking why whiteness has this reflexive need to define itself against immigrant bogey monsters in order to feel comfortable, safe and secure."

This book discusses structural racism, with focus on Britain, at length. I recognize most of the issues, it's precisely the same as what is being said here in Norway.

"You can't hear English (Norwegian) on the bus anymore."
"In year xxxx, us whites will be the mino
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, race, wake-up
"It must be a strange life, always having permission to speak and feeling indignant when you’re finally asked to listen."

Listen. That's what white people, myself included, need to either start doing or doing a lot more of. Thankfully there are many books available to let us do just that, to educate ourselves and to learn from. We must listen before we can hope to change an entire system and worldview and we must look honestly at ourselves first in order to learn where we, each white person, are
Gumble's Yard
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My review from 2018 below of a book which topped the UK non-fiction bestseller list this week - shamefully the first time a black British author has topped the list - coincidentally in a week when I had decided to buy it and re-read it. I also was interested to see that a firm in my industry bought the book for all their members of staff.

Some quick updates (still sticking to my narrow focus below)

- It was great (see my Booker comments below) that the 2019
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
If you read one book this year: make it this one.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
My thoughts on this are slightly complicated. This book is incredibly important, impeccably researched, stringently argued – but possibly not quite for me. I spend an awful lot of time reading feminist texts, both academically and in my private life. I have been following the discourse closely for a few years (ever since I realized how white my formal academic background is I felt the need to remedy that) and I think the most important work in recent feminism has been done by intersectional femi ...more
✨    jamieson   ✨
“We tell ourselves that racism is about moral values, when instead it is about the survival strategy of systemic power.”

It's late and I'm tired and therefore in no position to write a good and nuanced review on this so review to come but for now: I really enjoyed listening to this. First and foremost Reni Eddo-Lodge did a really excellent job narrating the audiobook.

I found this beneficial and interesting to read. Although some chapters rehashed things I knew from other readings, I still e
Mohammed P Aslam
Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote in the Guardian (June 2017) where she stated, White privilege is a manipulative, suffocating blanket of power that envelopes everything we know, like a snowy day.

Why wouldn’t we wish to talk to white people about race, this would be an automatic response to the title of this book from any normal white person and many black people too. This book is certainly a very edifying as much as an instructive book by all accounts and without question it will keep you engrossed in the
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a delicate and important subject, that I don’t think anything I write can justify the issues called out in this book.

From my perspective, it immediately hits at the point that white people benefit from their race without even realising it. Black people have this disadvantage thrust upon them from birth, and I agree that there is an appalling level of racial bias that runs as an undercurrent throughout Britain without the majority of the population even realising it. We turn a ‘blin
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