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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Paperback)Reni Eddo-Lodge (author)
A charged and necessary wake-up call to pervasive, institutionalised racism, Eddo-Lodge’s searing polemic reconstitutes the frame of the argument around race, removing it from the hands of those with little experience of its resonances. From ambient and lazy cultural stereotyping to open hostility, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is a clarion call of understanding.
Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for July 2020
Winner of the British Book Awards Non Fiction Narrative Book of the Year 2018
Winner of the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour 2018
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
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 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.' - The 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,The 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 ...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' - The Guardian
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