'Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can't afford to stay silent. This book is an attempt to speak'
*Updated edition featuring a new afterword*
The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.
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WINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION NARRATIVE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018
FOYLES NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
BLACKWELL'S NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE JHALAK PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR A BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARD
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Reni Eddo-Lodge was fed up of having the same, emotionally exhausting conversations about race, so wrote a book about it as her final statement on the matter. In Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, the award-winning journalist takes us through the history of slavery and racism in Britain and explains how it has come to manifest itself in in our modern world. The result is an accessible read for those wanting to educate themselves on the issues of anti-blackness, white privilege and systemic racism, as well as the intersectionality of class and gender. Offering practical advice and solutions on how to tackle racism in our everyday lives, this is a critical text—and one offering hope.
With its provocative title, this debut book by London journalist Eddo-Lodge is a plainspoken, hard-hitting take on mainstream British society's avoidance of race and the complexities and manifestations of racism. Eddo-Lodge describes Britain's history of slavery, segregation, and discrimination toward black people, and she shows how this history both mirrors and diverges from the history of America's treatment of African-Americans. Slavery existed as a British institution for 271 years, but most of the plantations that British citizens operated were in the Caribbean, and as a result "most British people saw the money without the blood." Once in Britain, black people encountered "No blacks, no dogs, no Irish" signs in the windows of many establishments. Eddo-Lodge's crisp prose and impassioned voice implore white Britain to look beyond obvious racism to acknowledge the more opaque existence of structural racism. She describes this deep-seated prejudice as "thousands of people with the same biases joining together to make up one organization, and acting according." She points to the "impenetrable white workplace culture" as an example of the collective effects of bias, and shows how black people face these sorts of disadvantages of every stage in life. Her analysis takes on contemporary issues, understanding Brexit through a lens of white fear of multiculturalism and chastising the kind of feminism that refuses to see the how gender and race intertwine. With this thoughtful and direct book, Eddo-Lodge stokes the very conversation that the title rejects.
Eye opening and true.
Such a good book on histories, intersectionality of race gender and class , mixed family dynamics, white privilege etc. This is a must read for everyone. It is eye opening even for a person of colour. I have made some of these observations myself and I think subconsciously all people of colour and even white people are aware that this is happening in society but it was good to read it out to eloquently and with evidence or real examples.
A great book for understanding white privilege and how it has sneakily, and overtly, shaped our lives in society. It is a book that should serve to unite the “working classes” as opposed to how we are currently divided by “immigration blamers” and far right politics.
This is the first book I read on my anti-racism journey and it was perfect at introducing me to this path. A big thank you to Reni for this accessible and enlightening read, which combines a history of racism in Britain (and the past colonies) with educational material for anti-racism work.