Bookreview: Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race
Reni Eddo-Lodge is the writer behind “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” – The title speaks for itself in this case and in the sections below, you’ll find my review of the book.
“Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race”
I will not be using this bookreview to contribute towards the discussion of what effects the racist, sexist, classist etc. systems in society are having on all of us, but here is my opinion about why this book is worth reading, if you want to expand your awareness on these subjects.
“Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time (like, fiction or non fiction, the kind that expands your worldviews and your critical thinking etc).
The author bringes us through systems that oppress and explains the interdependancy these systems excerpt on the others and the effects it has on the people – on us. One of the best things about this book, (you might not think it from the title alone), is that it is for all of us.
I’m white (caucasian) and I am perceived as white all of the time. This means that I statistically have a higher chance in succeeding in most areas of my life. This book helped explain some of the reasons that society is designed to benefit people ‘like me’ over other people. It also emphasizes throughout the book that it is not directed at individuals as such, but at the systems that are currently in place.
On every level from history, sexism, classicism, education, politics and more, Eddo-Lodge is presenting some much needed insights into the whole ‘racial matter’ so to speak. Because it does matter.
A friend of mine asked me whether or not this was actually a book worth reading, because she feared that (other white) people where only praising the book to ‘Seem woke’ and because they were scared to be perceived racist if they criticized it.
I’m certainly not scared of talking (or reading) about race (or giring an honestly opinion) – and after reading “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” I realize that this talk (yes talk, not discussion or debate) is still very important to make space for, and that I as a white person don’t nescessarily need to feel guilty, I ‘just’ need to help make the nescessary chances in the systems that are oppressing the vast majority. This book is worth the hype.
Read the book.
That’s really all there is to say – read.the.book.
Brenda Davis Harsham
Race is such a minor factor in what makes people similar or different, and yet it is disproportionately used to put people in boxes. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I ordered it from the library.
I agree, it should be such a small feature yet it has the power to make or break lives simply due to the value the society (and thus, us) put into those features. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment, I really hope this book will leave you with further interest into the debate and thoughts on how we collectively can improve these structures.