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So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo
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About the author, quoting from inside the book's back cover: "Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the 'New York Times' bestseller 'So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocre,' and 'The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America'. Her work on race has been featured in the 'New York Times and the 'Washington Post'. Shas twice been named to the Root 100, and she received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award from the American Humanist Association. . ." About the book, in a starred review, the reviewer for the "Library Journal" said of this work. "With a clever approach that uses anecdotes, facts, and a little humor, the author challenges all readers to assess their own beliefs and perceptions while clearly looking at polarizing issues."
I will buy your mystery novel, Ijeoma.
What i really like about this book is that it not only explains common racist problems, but offers solutions as well. Oluo is very frank about the situations people will find themselves in, and she offers examples of how to respond in a way that will hopefully minimize any potential harm. When I read White Fragility by Robin D'Angelo, I felt hopeless for a large part of the book because it talked about all the problems, and offered solutions only in the last couple of chapters. I loved that Oluo aligned the problems and solutions.
I also love the call to action. As Oluo says, it is incredibly important to not just talk, but do. I'm looking forward to becoming more active in my community to try and help dismantle systems of oppression, and I'm glad for all the tips this book gave me.
This book is part memoir, part instruction manual, part commentary on the ways race is a pervasive part of American society. It was uncomfortable for me to read, and that was the point. As a book club book, it made for some good discussion.
I worried through the first chapters of this book, but Oluo does the hard and ultimately rewarding work towards the end. This book is probably a good primer on most of the topics that make talking about race and racism hard. Oluo really gets into the weeds in a good way in regards to the school to prison pipeline and the wonderfully titled "But What if I Hate Al Sharpton?" chapter.
I wonder if the intro and first chapters that bothered me were probably not intended for me. If you've already done a lot of reading on the subject you might think So You Want to Talk About Race was a very entry level book on the subject. It's not but you have to wait until Oluo can get further on the details to really enjoy it.
"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 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.""--
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)305.800973 — Social sciences Social Sciences Groups of people Ethnic and national groups ; racism, multiculturalism General Biography And History North America United States
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