"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.
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Eye opening stuff
Lazy, dangerous and ideological
I thought I'd give this book a read despite the deliberately polarising and race baiting title -for those who don't know, this was the title of Edo-Lodges original blog post which was quickly appropriated by the publishers for shock factor.
I'm not sure where to begin... The book is written from a post modern ideologically possessed disposition with a complete inability by the author to consider the obvious hypocrisy of her positions. The very concept of 'white privilege' is inherently racist based just on the definition: to apply a specific attribute to an entire ethnicity without individuation. Privilege exists, yes, with individual variety based on geography, economic means, IQ and even things like attractiveness. We would never consider expanding out this concept to evoke obvious privilege for other ethnicities despite the fact that they are present in a generalised way in other locations ie: Black privileged in Liberia (you would struggle far more if you visited as a Caucasian or Asian -or 'asian privilege' in China etc... Furthermore, the concept of 'white privilege' comes from a personal account (I repeat personal account and completely unresearched) paper written by P McIntosh which wouldn't render a pass on a first year sciences undergraduate degree. This paper contains many other serious academic mistakes which renders Ido-Lodges use of the term both academically lazy/ignorant and unequivocally prejudiced.
Another example of the hypocrisy and narrow mindedness of the author: the audience of this book and her subsequent talks are largely 'virtue signalling' white people... Part of the very same demographic that is impossible to talk too...
The author states that there are social and legal consequences to talking to white people about race which I believe demonstrates the sheer racial malice of her position and ignores the reality that Caucasians in 2020 are perhaps ethnically the most self disparaging, socially open and non-collectivised group. UK society also encourages freedom of speech in a way unseen comparatively almost globally. Despite this the author claims that racism is a ‘white problem’, that all white people are implicit in structural racism, are racist if they don’t agree with book and fashioned in the image of none other than the BNPs Nick Griffin. I actually think that looking at the histories, neuroticisms and trauma of both Griffin and Iddo-Lodge they are incredibly similar characters. I believe Iddo-Lodge is engaging in narcissistic projection at this point in the book.
If you are a committed post modernist and only see the world through the lens of perceived power based on ethnicity and gender in relation to economic means... Well, this review is by a Caucasian reader and won't mean anything to you as I am reduced purely to my group identity and unable to perceive the world from my limited perspective etc (ironically, entirely the case of Ido-Lodge).
To summarise; the most disempowering book to ethnic minorities ever written (imagine looking at every interaction through the racial lens presented in this book); a book setting back race relations in the UK, a diverse, progressive and internally peaceful country; the book which is the most openly and obvious racist publication ever to become a bestseller; the most lazy and predictable piece of writing I've ever seen published.
I hope Ido-Lodge can come to see all people as individuals and not continue to spread her incredibly salty, dangerous and ideologically driven message; reduction of everyone to group identity and her own collective in perennial victimhood
If you see Ido-Lodge... Give her a hug. It's obvious she has experienced racial trauma and is an incredibly angry and insecure lady who is simultaneously gifted with a drive to write, speak and self express with -admittedly- great passion.
Belittles black people
This book is full of tricky wording. It poses its ideas in terms that make it feel as though you cannot disagree, out of guilt.
This book was written to make white people feel better about themselves. Whatever this is, it’s not the answer. It reads like Maoist propaganda.