Synopses & Reviews
A powerful and provocative examination of race and racism by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge.
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 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. Galvanized by this response, Eddo-Lodge decided to dive into the source of these feelings: a clear hunger for an open discussion. The result is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of color, covering issues from eradicated black history to white privilege, the fallacy of "meritocracy" to white-washing feminism, and the inextricable link between class and race. Eddo-Lodge locates her discussion in her native United Kingdom, but discusses themes and events that are universal.
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 all nations in denial about the structural and institutional racism occurring in our homes, offices, and communities. It is a timely, essential book by a vital new voice.
"One of the most important books of 2017." Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant
"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, Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize
About the Author
Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London based, award winning freelance journalist and black feminist. Eddo-Lodge's writing can be found at The New York Times, British Vogue, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Stylist Magazine, The Pool, Dazed and Confused Magazine, and The New Humanist. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is her first book.
Reni Eddo-Lodge on PowellsBooks.Blog
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
is my first book. It’s a culmination of years of political thinking, writing, and activism. Its inception was a blog post I wrote a few years ago at a point of emotional exhaustion — I had been trying to have these conversations in white-dominated progressive circles...