Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
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 t ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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; ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
Let’s keep educating ourselves, and others, and work together to make this world a better pl ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Some quick updates (still sticking to my narrow focus below)
- It was great (see my Booker comments below) that the 2019 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I can't adequately express what an important and brilliant book this is. It is the exact kind of book that we need to be reading right now, as we aspire to truly progress in our societies.
Being actively anti-racist is hard work. It's uncomfortable and it's necessary.
Reading this book could be one of the first steps in our path towards un-learning our internalized racist instincts and actively becoming anti-racist.
I am Iranian (maybe not the ...more
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 ...more
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