Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man
“Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”
“You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have.” So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states. “There is a fix,” Ach ...more
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With these words, Emmanuel Acho invites us to the table, invites white people to pull up a chair and join the conversation about race and racism, knowing we won't get anywhere until we have these uncomfortable conversations.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man is Racism 101 and can be read alongside other beginners such as So You Want to Talk About Race an ...more
If we can truly integrate white people and black people together, working in tandem, that’s when our world will make its joyful noise.
My non-reading husband was actually the one to turn me on to this title last week when it was released. Unfortunately for him, the wait list for the hard copy is about eleventy trillion long, but yay me I got first dibs on the Kindle version : ) He has settled for watching the videos (on You Tube???? ...more
Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man is a book I would recommend to anyone looking for answers on the topic of race. Listening to Emmanuel Acho talk felt like talking to a friend. I think this would specifically be great for people who are new to this topic and want more education. Not a lot of this information was new for me, but I still found it informative and necessary.
Audio book source: Libby (library borrow)...more
Story Rating: 4 stars
Narrators: Emmanuel Acho
“The thing is, one can never just judge racism on an individual level alone. It’s also historic and systemic — remember, white people will always have that several-century he ...more
I finally got my hands on the audiobook and it was just as good as I thought it'd be!
I was a bit worried that the book would simply rehash all the conversations from Emmanuel Acho's YouTube series. While there was some overlap, Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man was written to compliment (or serve as an addendum of sorts) to the video series (but don't worry - you don't need to watch any of the videos before reading the book!).
This book is aimed primarily ...more
I think this book would be the perfect starting place for someone wanting to read more anti-racism books or who have questions they need answered about anti-racism. It does a good job of answering some of the questions people have asked him (or want to as Black people generally). I think the straightforward layout of question and answer worked well. It is a bit basic, so I wouldn’t say it is a deeper dive into all of the themes, but it does what it ...more
As a Christian, he gives no evidence he unders ...more
Much of what Acho shares are things covered in those previous books, but where many of them are more "academic" in nature, filled with historical references, definit ...more
Anyone who says they can't learn something out this book is a damn liar.
Maybe you won't like the way that he explains things, I think he did a phenomenal job. He sets the scene currently, takes you back in time, makes you get uncomfortable (not me, as a Bl ...more
“If things go the way I want, you will leave this book with an increased understanding of race. You will have more empathy and grant people more grace. And if you have more empathy and are more gracious, then you’ll be less judgmental. And if you’re less judgmental, then your judgment is less likely to play itself out in racism.”
This book is by far one of the best I’ve read on the subject of racism. Emmanuel Acho has such a non threaten ...more
He states in the introduction he hopes we will have an ...more
This book was trying to include white people in 'the conversation' while simultaneously showing the ways in which they need to be better. And it failed. Miserably.
For starters, and perhaps most importantly, I feel like this book tried way too hard to say "Hey White people, good, beautiful white people, racists, and your uncles too! Come to the cookout--fill your plate up with greens, BBQ ribs, Mac & Cheese, and pull up a chai ...more
I listened to the audio for this. I loved it I felt like I was sitting down with hi ...more
This is an excellent gift for a white frien ...more
Each chapter opens up with a question that was submitted to Mr. Acho by a curious white person who wants more information about something related to racism or cultural appropriation.
*Should I teach my kids to see color?
*How can I have white privilege if I'm not wealthy?
*When does style become cultural appropriation?
Before this book, Emmanual Acho started an Instag ...more
1st reading - The book blurb calls this a primer on race and racism and it's exactly that. Acho is such a nice guy and does a great job addressing some of the toughest issues facing our country right now. Not much will be new if you're well-read on these issues, but I believe you'll still appreciate Acho's ...more
Librarians/booksellers: This series may already be popular with some of your patrons/customers. You don't need to have watched the series before reading this. It's a great title for those that want to read current race-related titles, but are intimidated by the longer titles.
Many thanks to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy in exchange for an ...more
This is a quick and painless read, which I recommend.
For the apparent intended audience (white people still grappling with whether racism exists or whether they benefit from it), this book makes a great primer/introduction to the many related topics it covers. There’s just enough historical background, just enough statistics, just enough personal anecdotes, and just enough “Hey, I’m a nice guy; let’s talk about it” vibe that it’s possible Acho can point some people in the right direction with th...more
I was, however, intrigued by the title of this book, in part because I have always found every occasion with the greatest opportunity to teach us about ourselves just a little uncomfortable. And like a lot of p ...more
One key take away regarding vocabulary is to change saying “slaves” to “enslaved people”. “Slaves” implies that is what those people were (with no other qualities). “Enslaved people” puts the emphasis on what was forced upon these people by white people.
This book has got me thinking, relearning and reflecting on how I can do better. Thank you for ...more
Fifteen questions drive the chapters.
Question - wit ...more
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