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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race Audiobook

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

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"I couldn't have a conversation with white folks about the details of a problem if they didn't want to recognise that the problem exists. Worse still was the white person who might be willing to entertain the possibility of said racism but still thinks we enter this conversation as equals. We didn't then, and we don't now."

In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.

Galvanised by this response, Eddo-Lodge decided to dive into the source of these feelings, this clear hunger for an open discussion. The result is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today, covering issues from eradicated black history to white privilege, the fallacy of 'meritocracy' to whitewashing feminism, and the inextricable link between class and race. Full of passionate, personal and keenly felt argument, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is a wake-up call to a nation in denial about the structural and institutional racism occurring in our homes.

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    "Essential enlightening listening"

    Never have I come across a book that so succinctly lays out the context for racism in the UK.

    will be giving this multiple listens. as this might as well be set as a taught text !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Duane J. 06-15-17
    Duane J. 06-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Jesus took the wheel..."

    and chauffeured Ms. Eddo-Lodge through a dynamic thought-provoking yet humbling piece of work. This book challenges you to challenge the idea of what 'normal' is. Whether it relates to race, sex, or gender and the intersectionality of it all. Bravo!

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  • Dave Donald
    Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom
    7/4/17
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    "Absolutely brilliant!!!"

    Eddo-Lodge finally articulates the black british experience in a way that has never been done before. She perfectly encapsulates the difficulties of talking about race to white people that every person of colour immediately recognises. This is such an important book and gives us all the language to identify and break down structural racism. EVERYONE should read this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Suswati
    7/2/17
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    "There's no justice, just us..."

    My reaction to this book was FINALLY someone is discussing the intersectionality between feminism, classism, and the British identity with race and racism. Absolutely current and relevant to society especially in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum. I listened to this in one go, nodding and shouting in agreement throughout. Reni Eddo-Lodge writes coherently and extremely succinctly to make the language accessible, and the anecdotes slightly terrifying. An absolute must-read and listen. 

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • ArmourKingN13
    6/27/17
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    "excellence in a audio form!"

    one of the most analytical books on black British culture out there. DEFINITELY on my recommended reading list

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Margie
    7/29/17
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    "Clear, compelling and cogent"

    One of the best books on the state of affairs today from an independent and critical thinker. I moved from areas I thought I knew and understood well to areas I knew very little anout. The author has managed to capture and articulate so many of the overlapping issues and structures that enable discrimination and racism - from the big picture to the everyday. It makes for hard, uncomfortable and for some - extremely painful reading. I hope that this doesn't mean people won't listen, challenge their mindsets and really - change the status quo.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/19/17
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    "A book that needed to be written!"

    Really insightful introduction to the tenets of structural racism. I really enjoyed the initial chapters exploring Britain's history of racism post slavery. I also loved the chapter exploring race and class divide using Haringay as an example. I really like the author's persuasive and accessible writing style

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • halla
    6/10/17
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    "Bold, Motivational and Thorough"

    Extremely timely and passionate where it needed to be. For so long I ached for a book like this. You get it! You capture the words and sentiment quite uniquely. This book launches so many other issues that we must continue to talk about. A must for our children. I really loved it! Thank you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    6/15/17
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    "Empowering"

    In contradiction with the title, this book doesn't seek to abuse and degrade white people in their ignorance of their privilege. On the contrary it is deeply educational on the universality of white power and empowering in the belief that everyone, including white people can do something to end racism. Eddo-Lodge's style and delivery is direct, sincere, passionate and assertive and, unlike so much racial "discussion" in the media she aims to open up the discussion to everyone. I found this book eye-opening and profoundly moving.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • ThatPersonOverThere
    11/6/17
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    "Frighteningly eye-opening."

    Frighteningly eye-opening. Everybody who has never particularly had to consider their race, or who believes, as I did, that the UK had sorted out the problems with race decades earlier than America should listen to this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • maia
    10/29/17
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    "A social responsibility to read this book..."

    As the book says- “we need to stop lying to ourselves.” British Black history deserves a context. Removing the context means that in essence we (white people) risk (and regularly do) extinguishing the equal existence and experience of people of colour. As a white person I’m afforded a power at birth that is so potent I’m not necessarily aware of its omnipresence in everything that happens to (or for) me. Even when I try so very much to be as aware as I can. I will miss things.
    I invite my white friends to consider reading this book. If you have ever thought “well racism isn’t as bad as it used to be though?” Or assuredly thought: “I’m not racist” or “yes... maybe... but this really isn’t relevant to me” or perhaps you notice you only have a few or no friends of colour (which is perhaps just circumstance - but worth considering that you don’t have that voice in your life, and this is a way of introducing it) or perhaps you have found yourself trying to dismiss when someone mentions their experience of what you saw as inocuos but they experienced as racist “oh no I don’t think that’s how they meant it.” Minimising and dismissing by default, (easily done- I’ve done this; to one of my best mates too! Not proud, but comfortable if embarrassed to admit it), then I suggest having a read of it.
    in fact if it’s the last one, I really do insist you read this and then let’s chat about it. Let’s all chat about it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    10/21/17
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    "An important read for all!"

    This book sums up beautiful an experience felt by BME without the usual tempering that we have to for an audience in order to avoid the angry black trope. She gets it and I hope white people will be open to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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