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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race Audiobook

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

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"I couldn't have a conversation with white folks about the details of a problem if they didn't want to recognise that the problem exists. Worse still was the white person who might be willing to entertain the possibility of said racism but still thinks we enter this conversation as equals. We didn't then, and we don't now."

In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.

Galvanised by this response, Eddo-Lodge decided to dive into the source of these feelings, this clear hunger for an open discussion. The result is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today, covering issues from eradicated black history to white privilege, the fallacy of 'meritocracy' to whitewashing feminism, and the inextricable link between class and race. Full of passionate, personal and keenly felt argument, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is a wake-up call to a nation in denial about the structural and institutional racism occurring in our homes.

©2017 Bloomsbury (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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    Dave Donald Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom 04/07/2017
    Dave Donald Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom 04/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely brilliant!!!"

    Eddo-Lodge finally articulates the black british experience in a way that has never been done before. She perfectly encapsulates the difficulties of talking about race to white people that every person of colour immediately recognises. This is such an important book and gives us all the language to identify and break down structural racism. EVERYONE should read this book.

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    Suswati 02/07/2017
    Suswati 02/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "There's no justice, just us..."

    My reaction to this book was FINALLY someone is discussing the intersectionality between feminism, classism, and the British identity with race and racism. Absolutely current and relevant to society especially in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum. I listened to this in one go, nodding and shouting in agreement throughout. Reni Eddo-Lodge writes coherently and extremely succinctly to make the language accessible, and the anecdotes slightly terrifying. An absolute must-read and listen. 

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    ArmourKingN13 27/06/2017
    ArmourKingN13 27/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "excellence in a audio form!"

    one of the most analytical books on black British culture out there. DEFINITELY on my recommended reading list

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    Margie 29/07/2017
    Margie 29/07/2017
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    "Clear, compelling and cogent"

    One of the best books on the state of affairs today from an independent and critical thinker. I moved from areas I thought I knew and understood well to areas I knew very little anout. The author has managed to capture and articulate so many of the overlapping issues and structures that enable discrimination and racism - from the big picture to the everyday. It makes for hard, uncomfortable and for some - extremely painful reading. I hope that this doesn't mean people won't listen, challenge their mindsets and really - change the status quo.

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    "A book that needed to be written!"

    Really insightful introduction to the tenets of structural racism. I really enjoyed the initial chapters exploring Britain's history of racism post slavery. I also loved the chapter exploring race and class divide using Haringay as an example. I really like the author's persuasive and accessible writing style

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    halla 10/06/2017
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    "Bold, Motivational and Thorough"

    Extremely timely and passionate where it needed to be. For so long I ached for a book like this. You get it! You capture the words and sentiment quite uniquely. This book launches so many other issues that we must continue to talk about. A must for our children. I really loved it! Thank you.

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    Rachel 15/06/2017
    Rachel 15/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Empowering"

    In contradiction with the title, this book doesn't seek to abuse and degrade white people in their ignorance of their privilege. On the contrary it is deeply educational on the universality of white power and empowering in the belief that everyone, including white people can do something to end racism. Eddo-Lodge's style and delivery is direct, sincere, passionate and assertive and, unlike so much racial "discussion" in the media she aims to open up the discussion to everyone. I found this book eye-opening and profoundly moving.

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    Gregory Monk 02/06/2017
    Gregory Monk 02/06/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Necessary read for the privileged."
    What did you like most about Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race?

    After reading quite a few books on race over the last twelve months I was sceptical about what else it could shed a light on that I hadn't already picked up elsewhere but this book covered topics I'd never even considered before (for example multiracial children and their family lives).


    What other book might you compare Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race to, and why?

    Given it's British focus, the other book I have read recently on British racism has been Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga. Having recently been spreading the word about that book, I think the two of them contribute each other wonderfully as essential reading.


    Which character – as performed by Reni Eddo-Lodge – was your favourite?

    There was no performance: she was her insightful self.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it all in one sitting, so yes.


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    ShoeDoodles 10/10/2017
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    "Incredible "

    I came across this book after thinking the very same thing that the title says. It very eloquently elaborated on my own experiences - and I am a white person - whilst further educating me and making me want to not give up. I've got the fire Reni, and this book sparked it again.

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    Afua 30/09/2017
    Afua 30/09/2017
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    "Must read!!"

    Great for learning about a lot of unknown Black British history and provides a clear and comprehensive discussion of racism in Britain today.

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    "Essential enlightening listening"

    Never have I come across a book that so succinctly lays out the context for racism in the UK.

    will be giving this multiple listens. as this might as well be set as a taught text !

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  • Duane J.
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    "Jesus took the wheel..."

    and chauffeured Ms. Eddo-Lodge through a dynamic thought-provoking yet humbling piece of work. This book challenges you to challenge the idea of what 'normal' is. Whether it relates to race, sex, or gender and the intersectionality of it all. Bravo!

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