So You Want to Talk About Race

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The discussion surrounding race and racial bias is a crucial and sensitive subject, and there is no better woman to educate us on how to enter that discussion than Ijeoma Oluo. Her book So You Want to Talk About Race is an informative and startlingly direct conversation about the various topics that influence race relations in the United States. Each chapter is structured around a single question, such as “What are microaggressions?,” wherein Oluo uses both her own personal experiences as well as scholarly articles to explain the individual problem facing people of color as well as the intersectionality of the topic. Her writing remains non-confrontational while at the same time encouraging everyone reading to examine their own place in society and how they are affected by or can affect the problem.

For such a complex and heavy topic, Oluo manages to maintain a down-to-earth tone, which makes it easy to analyze and address the issues she breaks down. Not only does she encourage her readers to analyze their own privileges and socio-economic impact, she also breaks down her own as a way to illustrate that everyone has work to do on their intrinsic biases and advantages. It creates a welcoming and safe space to address our own relationships to the racial disparity in our country and leaves the reader feeling empowered and educated about the best ways to address these discussions in our own lives with our family, friends, and co-workers. I highly encourage everyone to sit down with this book as it is an invaluable reference for people of color and allies alike.

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Author Ijeoma Oluo
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher Seal Press
Publish Date 2018-Jan-16
ISBN 9781580056779 Buy this Book
Issue February 2018
Category Current Events & Politics


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