So You Want to Talk About Race

So You Want to Talk About Race

In this breakout book, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape--from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement--offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment In this breakout book, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape--from white privilege and ...

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Title:So You Want to Talk About Race
Author:Ijeoma Oluo
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1580056776
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:248 pages pages

So You Want to Talk About Race Reviews

  • Lauren
    Jan 25, 2018
    It?s hard to capture the magnitude of what Ijeoma Oluo has accomplished in So You Want To Talk About Race. She has managed to write a clear and concise instruction manual on how to talk about one of our country?s most difficult subjects, while neither alienating nor infantilizing t...
  • Mehrsa
    Mar 24, 2018
    Everything she says is true and necessary, but it comes off more as a shallow lecture than anything new or different. I think it could be useful as a primer or to those who don't spend a lot of time reading about race. ...
  • Chris
    Jan 14, 2018
    This is so smart and honest and powerful and I want to get copies for everyone I know ...
  • Ben Babcock
    Dec 13, 2017
    Do you ever accidentally inhale a book? Like, you meant to read it with your eyes, but, whoops, suddenly there it is, lodged in your esophagus and now you have to go to the hospital and explain, in various gestures, how you breathed in an entire book? This happens to me more often than...
  • Julie Christine
    Apr 15, 2018
    An engaging and thoughtful examination of race in these United States. Ijeoma Oluo brings new energy and determination to a discussion that can feel so fraught and loaded and hopeless. The book is presented both as a conversation and as manual, offering tips, guidelines, and discussion...
  • Meg Elison
    Jan 17, 2018
    Written tight as a logical proof and with a careful delivery so that the bad news can be heard by we who need to hear it most. A concrete and highly actionable discussion, reinforced with evidence and examples to make sure that the reader can connect. My fellow white folks: you need to...
  • Trish
    Feb 18, 2018
    People of every race are going to read this book?at least I hope they are. It is not written just for people still denying that racism exists in America today, but for people who know it does but do not recognize the myriad ways it manifests. Oluo writes so clearly and simply, this b...
  • Erica
    Feb 04, 2018
    This isn't an easy-breezy book. It's not supposed to be. Some readers will be triggered, some will be defensive, and some will think it's just too heavy, too negative, too un-American because we don't have racism here and stop making everything about race. This book is about race....
  • Desiree
    Jan 06, 2018
    I kind?ve figured that I was going to devour this book. I love pretty much everything that Ijeoma Oluo has written - whether that?s an expertly-written online article, a facebook post, or a tweet. She is brilliant, so I was not at all surprised to absolutely love this book. Oluo sp...
  • Antoinette Scully
    Jun 20, 2018
    Go. Read. This. Book. Well written, informative, and concerned with the reader learning, not just the author being right. You should read this: ? If you want to talk about racial topics better ? If you?re great at talking about race ? If you never want to talk about rac...
  • Suswati
    Feb 18, 2018
    There has been a spate of incredible literature from African American writers, and this book in particular, stands out because of its instructional, informative guide on tackling racism as a topic. From discussing how to approach the subject with others, to giving direct instruction...
  • Will
    Mar 05, 2018
    Ijeoma Oluo's book is an instruction manual, an autobiography, and a collection of incredible essays all rolled into one. She gives anyone interested in talking about race a manual. It encourages white people to work through racist tropes and mistakes and gives POCs information on how ...
  • Laura
    Mar 30, 2018
    3.5 stars Withholding review until after seeing Oluo talk tomorrow... Ok, after listening to Oluo?s talk, my concerns weren?t allayed. So the book is good, & worth reading. It is repetitive at times & so it drags at points. But overall, I recommend it. My conce...
  • Ceillie
    Jan 15, 2018
    You can read my full review here! ...
  • Kayla
    Feb 08, 2018
    This book is a very important read. I think that everyone should read this. I learned something from reading this and I think this book is essential to race relations. ...
  • Kitty
    Apr 26, 2018
    Really, really good and useful. Please read it. America needs this book. ...
  • Rachel Mans Mckenny
    Dec 26, 2017
    Part memoir and part handbook, Ijeoma Oluo?s new book is not just about talking: it?s about action. Oluo addresses two distinct audiences: people of color and white people who hope to engage in dialogue about race. She makes it clear early on that her book is not some magic cure fo...
  • Cynthia
    Dec 29, 2017
    This book is largely for non-POC who wish to be allies or POC who are in denial of, not aware of or unfamiliar with the systemic racism prevalent in American society. Unlike many other scholarly works on race, this book uses language that is accessible and could even be used in an AP L...
  • Meg
    May 31, 2018
    I was handed this book by a friend who is very involved with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and has connected me to their work, which has allowed me to connect them to students in our social justice group at my high school. I trust this friend and bookseller implicitly and when s...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    Mar 08, 2018
    A must-read for all white people, this book is very smart but very accessible. Oluo breaks down complicated issues like police brutality, the model minority myth, and tone policing (among others) masterfully, weaving together personal stories, detailed examples, and stats. This is defi...
  • Lata
    May 09, 2018
    Well-written book about an enormously painful and horrible system of oppression. Read this book if you want to learn how to talk about race, how to engage with a person of colour with real respect, empathy and a willingness to interrogate your conscious and unconscious biases and assum...
  • Janani
    Feb 04, 2018
    First published at The Shrinkette. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Seal Press for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have been a fan of Ijeoma Oluo?s writing for the last few years, having discovered her first via The Establishment, an online publication ...
  • Krystal
    Nov 13, 2017
    Ijeoma Oluo has surpassed expectations with this monumental masterpiece which deconstructs race with insight and clarity for all to better understand and address these issues! ...
  • Stacie C
    Dec 23, 2017
    So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo I loved this book. I finished it in a day simply devouring Oluo?s word. I can relate to so much of what Oluo was sharing and in so many ways it was validating but also depressing. I feel better knowing that I?m not the only person e...
  • Kristin-Leigh
    Mar 24, 2018
    I've seen some reviews here from white people framed as though they were guiltily reading a book not written "for" them, and I want to make sure to help correct that deliberate lie - this book is for white people! there are many sections directly addressed to white readers, full chapte...
  • Obsidian
    Jun 06, 2018
    This book needs handed out in social studies courses in high school. Oluo packs so much in this book that I really do think is a good guide for people who have questions about race. She delves into all kinds of topics and I was here for them. Sometimes the writing gets a bit technical,...
  • Gary Moreau
    Jan 18, 2018
    What author would write a book with a target audience that is likely to consider reading it, much less paying for it, akin to wishing for a root canal? Apparently, Ijeoma Oluo. I am a white, sexagenarian, male, and former CEO. I am, therefore, a r#cist. (And yes, I am being sensiti...
  • Ashley
    Feb 16, 2018
    This book felt like an Introduction to Race 101 class and I don't mean that in a bad way. I think the book was simple and straight to the point in its approach and easily understandable. Ijeoma gave some helpful guidance on how to broach conversations on race in a more healthy and prod...
  • Jess7
    Feb 13, 2018
    5/5 STARS ????? I posted a lot about this author and this book recently, and after finishing this book, I can confidently say the praise I previously expressed is well deserved. This is absolutely a #mustread. The real world examples and suggestions make this book a real stan...
  • Truman32
    Jan 31, 2018
    So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo?s new book asks. I thought I did, but after reading several chapters I realized no, no I very much did not want to. I think I?d rather talk about my receding hairline, my cholesterol levels, the abnormally large size of my physician?s f...