- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus; 01 edition (1 Jun. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140887055X
- ISBN-13: 978-1408870556
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.7 x 22 cm
- Average Customer Review: 346 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race: The Sunday Times Bestseller Hardcover – 1 Jun 2017
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This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where we'll no longer need such a book. Essential (Marlon James, author of Man Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings)
One of the most important books of 2017 (Nikesh Shukla, editor of 'The Good Immigrant')
A book that's set to blow apart the understanding of race relations in this country (Stylist)
An incisive and uncompromising commentator on the iniquities of oppression ... Comprehensive and journalistic, the book leaves a devastating trail of case histories, statistical and anecdotal evidence, personal stories and opinion about the manifestation of overt and covert racism ... Eddo-Lodge is a gifted writer, with a talent for bringing together debates around race, gender and class in a timely and accessible way (Times Literary Supplement)
Daring, interrogatory, illuminating. A forensic dissection of race in the UK from one of the country's most critical young thinkers. Reni's penetrative voice is like a punch to the jugular. Read it, then tell everyone you know (Irenosen Okojie, author of 'Butterfly Fish')
I've never been so excited about a book. Thank God somebody finally wrote it . Blistering . Absolutely vital writing from one of the most exciting voices in British politics. A stunningly important debut . Fellow white people: It's our responsibility as to read this book . This book is essential reading for anyone even remotely interested in living in a fairer, kinder and more equal world (Paris Lees)
It's deep, it's important and I suggest taking a deep breath, delving in and I promise you will come up for air woke and better equipped to understand the underlying issues of race in our society (Sharmaine Lovegrove ELLE)
A riveting deep-dive into the history and communication of race in Britain. From white-washing to intersectional feminism, it is an eviscerating and hugely educational read . This book is destined to become cult (Red)
A wake-up call to a nation in denial about the structural and institutional racisms occurring in our homes, offices and communities (Observer)
Laying bare the mechanisms by which we internalise the assumptions, false narratives and skewed perceptions that perpetuate racism, Eddo-Lodge enables readers of every ethnicity to look at life with clearer eyes. A powerful, compelling and urgent read (Ann Morgan, author of A Year of Reading the World)
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This book is a clear and well-argued explanation of the breakdown in communication that has been largely engineered by those “In privilege” who have attempted to stifle or define the dialogue from black people regarding racism.
This book is not the hysterical noises from a hysterical black feminist.
Just under a quarter of the book’s 238 pages is given over to the history of race relations in the UK and forms the first chapter entitled “Histories”. Histories is ably supported by just over 60 citations in the notes section. The author is clearly adhering to academic standards in the presentation of a thesis.
Having discussed the ignoble history of British racism the next chapter discusses the systemic nature of modern racism and opens with the murder of Stephen Lawrence. It may seem strange to some but as a black man I was amazed that I had forgotten that it took 19 years to bring the murderers to justice. I do not keep scores or statistics on each and every racial injustice. Yet many of the other racist murderers have gone unpunished.
The entire argument of the book is that whereas the brutality of physical racism has declined over the decades it was the tip of the iceberg. The unseen part of racism that is seen by black people (mostly) is still alive and well and manifesting in unequal opportunity, coded racist language, and covert colour-based hostility and stifling of discourse about the very existence of racism. Then there is the continuing demonising of immigrants (including the Polish who fought valiantly for this country) as “others”.
Reading her experiences, I can understand why the inward-looking Pan Africanists, Nation of Islamists and even the phenomena of “Home grown terrorists” all exist. It is ultimately despair, as to an inability to have a clear dialogue that has driven many to such extremes.
Yet all is not lost and I felt the book ended on an optimistic note as it discusses the way forward in the fight for equality and justice for all.
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