Why i dont talk about race with white people
Why Im No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-LodgeIn 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 werent affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: Why Im No Longer Talking to White People About Race that led to this book.
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.
Why Is It So Hard for White People to Talk about Race?
When was the last time you heard a person of colour challenge structural racism — the role of government policies, organisational practices and popular representations in reinforcing racial inequalities — and, in so doing, be widely supported, listened to and heeded? Racial inequalities are stark, yet normalised. White people are privileged yet complacent, and refuse to listen. Reni Eddo-Lodge. As such, this review will be a little unusual. I will not critique the book as I have others on this site. This is partly because I am entirely convinced, and partly because that would be fundamentally missing the point.
For years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found where many least expect it — at the heart of respectable society. Tue 30 May O n 22 February , I published a post on my blog. Not all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the existence of structural racism and its symptoms. I can no longer engage with the gulf of an emotional disconnect that white people display when a person of colour articulates their experience. You can see their eyes shut down and harden.
Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence. 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. This is the kind of book that demands a future where we'll no longer need such a book.
DiAngelo has led racial justice training for corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, and educators for more than 20 years., I recognized myself in it. I recognized so many of my white, progressive, and not-so-progressive friends in that small, but potent little phrase.
The Booker Prize -winner Marlon James wrote that it was "essential" and "begging to be written". Trevor Phillips reviewed the work for The Times. Evaristo described the work as "timely and accessible", "comprehensive and journalistic" as well as "resolutely unacademic", comparing it to the work of African-American writer Roxane Gay , whose anthology Bad Feminist "treads some of the same ground". However, she critiques Eddo-Lodge for not engaging in enough "rigorous research, particularly into the past" and for the fact that she "completely overlooks" the work of Black British feminist writers like Beverley Bryan , Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe. Evaristo also noted that the book leaves open further questions, such as "What is the responsibility of black people in creating change for ourselves?
I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. Yes, we will develop strong emotionally laden opinions, but they will not be informed opinions. Our socialization renders us racially illiterate.