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A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners 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 listeners 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." A Harper's Bazaar pick of One of 10 Books to Read in 2018.

©2018 Ijeoma Oluo (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Must Read

Everything I hoped it would be and more, easy to understand chock full of numbered points of advice on various topics, personal anecdotes that connect to the larger picture and the inspiration to have these conversations and also take action.

If you’ve read and loved and learned from Ijeoma Oluo’s words online or in social media, you’ll recognize her same understanding of the complexity of these conversations (especially those that white people should be having with one another) and also her passion for social justice.

If you’re not familiar with her incredibly important work, and you’re willing to listen openly about racism from someone with much lived experience woven beautifully into a larger picture where we can all have an impact - positive, if we choose - I’d highly recommend this book.

This book covers many of the basics as a reminder so some but also encourages deeper reflection within ourselves. There are parts that feel necessarily squirmy, but it’s clear that she remains focused entirely on helping us all have better conversations about race and take better actions to change a system that isn’t fair.

If you’re not sure that’s the case about our system that still oppresses people but are open to listen, this book is a great place to do that, quietly away from some internet fight and with time to pause and consider.

Please read this.

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Read it twice in a row

And about to start the third. If you are concerned with systematic oppression of people of color, you must read this book. It is uncomfortable to discover that we are all perpetuating the white supremacist hierarchy, but brilliant social commentator Ijeoma Oluo provides concrete steps we can all take to dismantle it, with a message of accountability and hope.

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a must read for all white people

this book and its audio is wonderfully done. the audio is clear and the content is never overly complex or academic in nature. this is a mustyl read for white people.

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But this book..

But this book. Unapologetic and chock full of stuff for doing better. Get ready.

Also, Bagni Turpin is an excellent narrator.

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This book is amazing!

Thank you Ijeoma Oluo for writing this book. It explained everything to me about the discomfort of speaking about racism and its terrible after effects. thank you. please read this book!

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A Gem

I spent my whole night listening to this book and it was worth it. Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop. Ijeoma Oluo hit the nail right on the head! The only issue I had with this audiobook is that Bahni Turpin did not pronounce the Igbo words correctly, but everything else is terrific. I cried while I listened because I could relate to a lot of what she said as a person of color in America, but it is not just for people of color. I definitely need to buy the hardcover copy of this book and it needs to be signed by Ijeoma. This is a very wonderful book. It is informative, interesting, well-researched, honest, powerful, engaging, thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating, and thorough. I can’t help but go and on with praises for So You Want to Talk About Race. It is truly great and should be heard/read repeatedly by everyone. I hope she writes more books. Thank you Ijeoma!

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Unfiltered Truth

Can you handle it? I hope so. America/Americans have been b**l sh***ing or this subject forever. Times up. Get real get honest, do something that's been LONG overdue. Put up or shut up & get out of the way.

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AMAZING, uncomfortable and absolutely necessary!

This book is great! This is a book for everyone, and anyone who wants to be educated and prepaird to confront racism in all of it's forms.

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Everyone should read this book

Should be required reading in high school and any job training program. Read it, absorb it, act!

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Needs more clarification on cultural approprition.

Most of information was new to me as I'm not a US citizen or been living here long(though, parallels can be drawn to caste based discrimination in India). I liked the support of some statistics behind most of what was said(though I'm trying to get the citations to be more informed/convinced). I was not convinced on the cultural appropriation part of the book. It probably needs more explanation. I'm open to more information about it. if someone has the citations and more info on the cutural appropriation part, please direct me to it.

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  • Suswati
  • 02-18-18

Excellent, points are absolutely spot on

There has been a spate of incredible literature from African American writers, and this book in particular, stands out because of its instructional, informative guide on tackling racism as a topic.

From discussing how to approach the subject with others, to giving direct instructions for those who are willing to learn to change, there are few books out there that are as useful as Ijeoma Oluo's step by step process.

Most of all, the introduction of intersectionality, micro-aggressions and the myth of the model migrant is absolutely vital. It is one of the only books on racism I've seen in mainstream literature, that tackles issues faced by other races such as the East Asian and South Asian communities, bringing together a more diverse portrayal rather than just black, white and Hispanic.

Her own personal views are wonderful - the chapter on her 8-year-old son's choice to not pledge allegiance is utterly heartfelt, and yet she handles the situation very well. An absolute essential read.

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  • cesa
  • 02-03-18

Brilliant!

Thank you, Ms Oluo. An absolute must-read. Right up there with R Gay & M Jerkins.