An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series
“Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”
“You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have.” So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states. “There is a fix,” Acho says. “But in order to access it, we’re going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations.”
In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask—yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism.” In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader’s curiosity—but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The best way to handle awkward topics is by putting everything right on the table. Football fans know Emmanuel Acho as a TV commentator and former NFL player, but he’s also an incredibly talented communicator when it comes to discussing racism in America. In this disarming and approachable book, Acho, the son of Nigerian immigrants, starts a conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement, speaking from his own experiences and framing his points with helpful touchstones from the history of the struggle for civil rights. Acho’s casual tone is perfect for drawing everybody in, especially when he digs into loaded issues like white privilege, implicit bias, and systemic racism. Clear and easy to grasp, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man courses with an undercurrent of positivity. It leaves you with a better understanding of the Black experience—and with hope that we can contribute to making things better.
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Hopefully, the books better
While well intentioned, this book is a sophomoric, pop culture commentary on what is really a very serious subject. Not a lot of “conversation” in here that’s uncomfortable for the author. And what he does reference that might be uncomfortable for him, he dismisses out of hand. Not much critical thinking or deep diving the history he references as if he knows it all. Finally, this is someone who has been an elite athlete his whole life, and he doesn’t pretend to know a lot of the real impacts of where we are on race in America - as he shouldn’t.
Book misses the main issue.
The loyalty the black population has given the Democrats has set them back in the quest to equality.