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 the title: ...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.
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 ...more
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
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
“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 ...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
“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 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
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
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 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 ...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
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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. ...more
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 ...more
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