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

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A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge

In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted the piece on her blog, and gave it the title:
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Published November 7th 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published June 1st 2017)
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Ian Connel
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Clif Hostetler
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a
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
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
Rick Burin
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
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 boo
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;
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
Tanja Berg
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Matheus Freitas
Dec 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

 I won’t lie, this wasn’t an easy read. The title made me roll my eyes, but I decided to give it a chance – after all, something that I’m not interested is thinking that the whole world share my opinions (which is something that the author is not that careful with when talking about groups).

 My biggest problem with this book and the whole movement, actually, is the lack of knowledge and generalization. I, by no means, am saying that racism, or sexism, isn’t a problem, but I don’t see today as be

Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-unread
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
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
If you read one book this year: make it this one.
Mindy Reads
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.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Producervan in Cornville, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.
Why I Long to Read the Rest of This Book

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. Sampler of Preface and First Chapter by Reni Eddo-Lodge. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ). History, Nonfiction (Adult). Publication Date 08 Mar 2018.

*Structural racism. An articulate voice with the strength and clarity of a fair and gently, steadily ringing bell. A brave, deeply researched history/informology shared with due precision and depth, this is an issue that provokes acknowledgment, tho
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
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. Thi
Emma Wallace
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, harrowing, emotional and raw; quite possibly the best book I have read all year! I write this review with an awareness that this book was never designed for my consumption or even education: this is such a personal account of Reni's experience and the historical experience of all POC in Britain and that connection is deeply felt in Reni's direct, emotive prose. I have felt a plethora of emotions while reading this book and have been shook to the core by the knowledge of the racist roo ...more
When I think of a book I want to put in everybody's hands, I think of this one.

You could see this book as an essay on how racism is one of the most important pillars of British society — but also of the Western society —, how it's at the roots of everything, and how we — people of colour and white people — should work on dismantling it from its core.

I need you to understand that as a mixed-race Asian person, I connected with this book at such an important level, and if I was able to find myself
Patrice Hoffman
When I saw the title of Reni Eddo-Lodge's latest work, I couldn't pass it by. Seriously! How much more poignant, jarring, could a title be without using any profanity? The title Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race couldn't be more intriguing for someone like me who no longer comments on threads with any hint of racial bias. I made the mistake of commenting on one of my Goodreads friends review of a book about the war on police, and next thing I know some white dude insinuated th ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a time in everyone's life when if you have to repeat yourself over and over again you will eventually give up. This is something that British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge has come to with trying to discuss the thorny issue of race and how one has dominance over another despite the suggestions to the otherwise. One thing that becomes plain as I began reading was that whiteness is not about the colour of my skin but a system that is in place to allow certain people to look down on others. T ...more
Gumble's Yard
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The book starts with a chapter on black British history and the comments

This bestselling and award-winning book’s genesis was in a post on the author’s blog in 2014 – with the same title as this book.

I would strongly recommend this book to any British reader who has not read it and will largely restrict my review to quotes from the book, as I think trying to add my own filter to the book could be counter-productive.

I have however, given the nature of this site, added four reflections of my own
Mayra Sigwalt
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-authors
Apesar do título ser "Porquê eu não falo mais com pessoas brancas..." esse livro é talvez uma boa leitura para as pessoas brancas que nunca pararam pra ouvir pessoas negras falarem sobre racismo.
Pra quem se dá o trabalho de se informar, ler, conversar e ouvir sobre questões raciais, esse livro não traz nada de realmente SUPER novo. Mas ela é muito objetiva e didática em todos os pontos que aborda e isso é muito bacana. A Reni aborda pontos como, raça x classe, feminismo branco, racismo estrutura
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First exposure to intersectionality is like being handed a pair of glasses you didn't know you needed.
Lily ☁️
“We tell ourselves that good people can’t be racist. We seem to think that true racism only exists in the hearts of evil people. We tell ourselves that racism is about moral values, when instead it is about survival strategies and systemic power.”

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is incredibly thought-provoking, eye-opening, educational, and insightful. I usually rate books based on my enjoyment first and foremost, but this one … I really can’t say that I enjoyed reading it.
I am not going to say too much about this little book, apart from to say that I found it very powerful and thought-provoking. I have to say that I read parts of this book, which details the history of the non-white people, who came to Britain to work, to raise families, to live better lives, with despair. It is the story also of how they were treated, and how their families were treated by the people who were supposed to protect them, the police. I remember certain times in history that were det ...more
Viv JM
This book came about when the author posted a blog post of the same name, back in 2014. You can read the original post here. As the author explains in the book, since writing the post which resonated with so many, she has in fact done almost nothing BUT talk about race. She decided to keep the title to reflect how the conversation started.

I'm not sure this book covers a whole lot of new ground in talking about race, class, feminism and how these all intersect, but it does so in a very clear and
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The preface is perhaps the reason this book came to be written. I find the arguments clear, logical and mostly within reason. But whether by design or to an oversight I question the title even as a clever phrase and title. To cease to communicate encourages segregation and scope for conflict. To stop talking to white people therefore is to label a whole race as intolerant and the product of ingrained racism. It cleverly whether intended or not mirrors a white persons assumed perspective that all ...more
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Reni Eddo-Lodge is a British journalist with a focus on feminism and exposing structural racism.
“White privilege is an absence of the consequences of racism. An absence of structural discrimination, an absence of your race being viewed as a problem first and foremost.” 51 likes
“If you are disgusted by what you see, and if you feel the fire coursing through your veins, then it's up to you. You don't have to be the leader of a global movement or a household name. It can be as small scale as chipping away at the warped power relations in your workplace. It can be passing on knowledge and skills to those who wouldn't access them otherwise. It can be creative. It can be informal. It can be your job. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as you're doing something.” 39 likes
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