A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor-at-Large of the Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.
Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned, and crystallize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor's seminal essay "The Meaning of a Word."
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This book really helped me crystallize my feelings and experiences. Sometimes I found myself laughing at the ridiculous behaviors of people and at other times I wanted to cry. As a Black woman, these experiences were very real for me. I have also been struggling to find ways to deal with insidious and insensitive comments by White people. I now have the tools to do that. I also now have permission to feel injured, hurt, and angry. But most importantly, I now understand the kind of systemic practices that cause these feelings. And I can now address the “it’s only this one person, incident, etc.” comments by highlighting the culminative impact of my experiences; without feeling guilty about hurting White peoples feelings. Thank you Ijeoma!
this book is for everyone
Thoughtful and insightful. I will re-read again and again.