So You Want to Talk About Race

So You Want to Talk About Race

In this breakout book, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape--from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement--offering straightforward clarity that readers 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 crystalize 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."

Title:So You Want to Talk About Race
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781580056779
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    So You Want to Talk About Race Reviews

  • Gary Moreau

    What author would write a book with a target audience that is likely to consider reading it, much less paying for it, akin to wishing for a root canal? Apparently, Ijeoma Oluo. I am a white, sexagenar...

  • _ngallagher

    I really can’t even begin to tell you how valuable this reading experience was for me. Each chapter focuses on a lesson/topic: cultural appropriation, the school-to-prison pipeline, microagressions,...

  • Kara Babcock

    Do you ever accidentally inhale a book? Like, you meant to read it with your eyes, but, whoops, suddenly there it is, lodged in your esophagus and now you have to go to the hospital and explain, in va...

  • Monica

    I have a huge interest in race, diversity, inequality and how it applies in America. I wanted to discover a book that I could recommend to friends and to people that I think are genuinely interested i...

  • Youp

    Short version:Probably the biggest crap I have ever read.Longer version:So You Want To Talk About Race is a waste of time, money and brain cells for anyone who comes into contact with it. Anyone with ...

  • Trish

    People of every race are going to read this book—at least I hope they are. It is not written just for people still denying that racism exists in America today, but for people who know it does but do...

  • Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

    The following is partly a review but mostly a discussion of racism and privilege because, yes, I'd like to talk about race: Am I racist? This question hit me as I was sitting on my phone scrolling I...

  • emma

    i am not going to review this beyond saying that this is an absolute must read book. for everyone.---------------as i finish up my month of reading Black authors, this one's for all my white people ou...

  • Jenna

    "You are either fighting the system, or you are complicit. There is no neutrality to be had towards systems of injustice—it is not something you can just opt out of." Sometimes you read a book so...

  • Mario the lone bookwolf

    This work goes deep to the core of the problems and dismantles the grievances that are still causing an unnecessary separation in many of the wealthiest nations on earth.The book should be read by eve...