"I couldn't have a conversation with white folks about the details of a problem if they didn't want to recognise that the problem exists. Worse still was the white person who might be willing to entertain the possibility of said racism but still thinks we enter this conversation as equals. We didn't then, and we don't now."
In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.
Galvanised by this response, Eddo-Lodge decided to dive into the source of these feelings, this clear hunger for an open discussion. The result is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today, covering issues from eradicated black history to white privilege, the fallacy of 'meritocracy' to whitewashing feminism, and the inextricable link between class and race. Full of passionate, personal and keenly felt argument, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is a wake-up call to a nation in denial about the structural and institutional racism occurring in our homes.
Very interesting and insightful thank you
Really good read!
I have the hard copy of the book, very insightful read. Anyone who takes offence from this book and calls it racist is clearly very ignorant, this mindset is part of the problem in the first place. It’s exactly what she is trying to get across.
Reader beware. This is actually not meant as a joke?!
From the journalist pronouncing our ignorance about how racist we are, because of the colour of our skin, we get to see her perspective of just how far we are into that ignorance, while watching how ignorant she is about how hypocritical mindset. I can only hope she's satire to show how ignorant people actually have to be to believe in this kind of perspective.