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

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Bloomsbury Publishing

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ISBN10: 1635572959
ISBN13: 9781635572957

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288 Pages

$18.00

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Winner of the British Book Awards Nonfiction Narrative Book of the Year
Winner of the Jhalak Prize
Foyles Nonfiction Book of the Year
Blackwell's Nonfiction Book of the Year

Award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge was frustrated with the way that discussions of race and racism are so often led by those blind to it, by those willfully ignorant of its legacy. Her response, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, has transformed the conversation both in Britain and around the world. Examining everything from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, from whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge, and counter racism. Including a new afterword by the author, this is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of color in Britain today, and an essential handbook for anyone looking to understand how structural racism works.

Reviews

Praise for Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

“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

"The provocative title is hard to ignore, and so is the book's cover. Seen from afar, it appears to be called Why I'm No Longer Talking About Race, which is intriguing enough on its own. You have to look closer to see To White People hiding underneath it in debossed letters. It's a striking visual representation of white people's blindness to everyday, structural racism . . . It's that boldness, that straight talk which makes this book memorable. Eddo-Lodge pushes readers to recognize that racism is a systemic problem that needs to be tackled by those who run the system."—NPR.org

"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

“Offering extraordinary and articulate insights into contemporary race relations, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, and an essential, core addition to both community and academic library (Contemporary Social Issues in general, and Race Relations supplemental studies lists in particular).”—Midwest Book Review

“In her probing and personal narrative, Eddo-Lodge offers fresh insight into the way all racism is ultimately a 'white problem' that must be addressed by commitment to action, no matter how small . . . A sharp, compelling, and impassioned book.”Kirkus Reviews

“A plainspoken, hard-hitting take on mainstream British society's avoidance of race and the complexities and manifestations of racism . . . Eddo-Lodge's crisp prose and impassioned voice implore white Britain to look beyond obvious racism to acknowledge the more opaque existence of structural racism . . . With this thoughtful and direct book, Eddo-Lodge stokes the very conversation that the title rejects.”Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Reni Eddo-Lodge is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race. She has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent, BuzzFeed, and New Humanist, among others. She contributed to The Good Immigrant, an anthology edited by Nikesh Shukla, and hosts the podcast About Race, featuring key voices from antiracist activism. renieddolodge.co.uk / @renireni