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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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    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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Gregory Monk
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    "Necessary read for the privileged."
    What did you like most about Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race?

    After reading quite a few books on race over the last twelve months I was sceptical about what else it could shed a light on that I hadn't already picked up elsewhere but this book covered topics I'd never even considered before (for example multiracial children and their family lives).


    What other book might you compare Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race to, and why?

    Given it's British focus, the other book I have read recently on British racism has been Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga. Having recently been spreading the word about that book, I think the two of them contribute each other wonderfully as essential reading.


    Which character – as performed by Reni Eddo-Lodge – was your favourite?

    There was no performance: she was her insightful self.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it all in one sitting, so yes.


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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