"Acho’s gregariously pragmatic delivery educates with clarity and makes the book come alive." -- Booklist
"Narrated by the author, this audio program feels like an evening with a good friend who doesn't shy away from awkward questions.... A personal interview with his editor, great production standards, and his personality make this an accessible listen. Listeners may become uncomfortable but will want to keep listening." - AudioFile Magazine on Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
This program is read by the author, and includes a bonus conversation.
An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series
“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,” Acho says. “But in order to access it, we’re going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations.”
In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask—yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism.” In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the listener’s curiosity—but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight.
A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The best way to handle awkward topics is by putting everything right on the table. Football fans know Emmanuel Acho as a TV commentator and former NFL player, but he’s also an incredibly talented communicator when it comes to discussing racism in America. In his disarming and approachable audiobook, Acho, the son of Nigerian immigrants, starts a conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement, speaking from his own experiences and framing his points with helpful touchstones from the history of the struggle for civil rights. Acho’s casual tone is perfect for drawing listeners in, especially when he digs into loaded issues like white privilege, implicit bias, and systemic racism. Clear and easy to grasp, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man courses with an undercurrent of positivity. It leaves you with a better understanding of the Black experience—and with hope that we can contribute to making things better.