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

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I'm no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race. Not all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the legitimacy of structural racism and its symptoms... You can see their eyes shut down and harden. It's like treacle is poured into their ears, blocking up their ear canals. It's like they can no longer hear us.

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'.

Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings.

Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism.

It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408870556
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 397 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


"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 wake-up call to a nation in denial about the structural and institutional racisms occurring in our homes, offices and communities." - Observer

"Her searing examination of what it means to be a person of colour in Britain today covers a lot of ground, from the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the whitewashing of feminism to the casting of a black actress as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." - Independent

"Eddo-Lodge is digesting history for those white readers who have had their ears and eyes shut to the violence in Britain's past ... An important shift that undermines the idea that racism is the BAME community's burden to carry. The liberation that this book offers is in the reversal of responsibilities." - Arifa Akbar, Financial Times 

"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 

Eddo-Lodge accurately takes the temperature of racial discussions in the UK. In seven crisp essays, she takes white British people to task for failing to accept that "racism is a white problem" ... She's strong on the pervasive racial marginalisation of black people * Guardian *

Searing ... A fresh perspective, offering an Anglocentric alternative to the recent status-quo-challenging successes of Get Out and Dear White People. This book's probing analysis and sharp wit certainly make us pray she will continue talking to white people about race * Harper's Bazaar *

Eddo-Lodge explores the nuanced ways in which racial prejudice continues and is ignored * Vogue *
Vital dialogue from a powerful voice * Daily Telegraph *

Thought-provoking (and deeply uncomfortable) ... What Eddo-Lodge does is to force her readers to confront their own complicity ... Her books is a call to action ... What makes the book radical is the way it shifts the burden of ending racism on to white people * Sunday Herald *

A seething take-down of commonly held attitudes towards race and racism in the UK and beyond ... Entirely essential ... Eddo-Lodge reveals why anti-racist work should be a universal objective, even if racism isn't a universal concern. The book is ultimately a defiance against the silencing of people of colour * The List *

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“Absolutely fantastic! Vital read about the issues of race in the UK”

This book is truly wonderful! The author covers many subjects: perception of race in the UK, UK's black history & examples of institutional racism, the issue of feminism, white privilege, class... So many... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
4th July 2017
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“An important read”

I received a free copy of the preface and first chapter of this book from Net Galley so my review can only cover these. This feels like an important book, making the reader look more closely at the history of Britain... More

Paperback edition
25th March 2018
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“Must Read!!”

Fantastic book, it is an amazing look back through challenges and struggles of someone who is Black and British. It is amazing just how far we think we have come but because of institutional racism, things are still... More

Paperback edition
2nd April 2018
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