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In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a revelatory examination of race in America

Protests against racial injustice and white supremacy have galvanized millions around the world. The stakes for transformative conversations about race could not be higher. Still, the task ahead seems daunting, and it’s hard to know where to start. How do you tell your boss her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law hang up on you when you had questions about police reform? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life.

"Simply put: Ijeoma Oluo is a necessary voice and intellectual for these times, and any time, truth be told.Phoebe RobinsonNew York Times bestselling author of You Can't Touch My Hair

September 24
Basic Books
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Anthony Eric Reese ,

Incredibly informative

Absolutely incredible read on how to approach the conversation of race in America. Educational, informative, and empowering. I highly recommend.

ActiveEqualization ,

Expertly written

She has such a clear and concise manner that makes her work so easy to enjoy and to explain to others! I appreciate how skillfully she used her personal anecdotes to illustrate larger trends and how graceful she was about “sharing the spotlight” by honoring people who helped her on her own Anti-Racist journey. She’s an excellent wordsmith and I cannot recommend her enough!

LauraHz ,

Ok...so you got my attention, but

Page one was a turn off! What about a self identity crisis is based on racism? While I am not a black woman I did experience all of the issues the writer faced. Clothes that didn’t fit my body, not being considered magazine beautiful, being too loud and opinionated. Not getting those jobs I wanted and others being hired. Why are these problems your race? Everyone has them, not just POC, especially if you are from lower to middle class incomes.

There are bars and neighborhoods in my area I wouldn’t feel comfortable in.. GET OVER YOURSELVES PEOPLE.

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