So You Want to Talk about Race

So You Want to Talk about Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

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Overview

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America
Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans--has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair--and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
"Oluo gives us--both white people and people of color--that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases."--National Book Review
"Generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt . . . it's for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action."--Salon (Required Reading)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541619227
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 49,861
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ijeoma Oluo is a writer and speaker whose work on race has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Elle, The Guardian, and more. She has twice been named to The Root 100 and received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award from the American Humanist Society. She lives in Seattle.

Table of Contents

Preface x

Introduction So you want to talk about race 1

1 Is it really about race? 8

2 What is racism? 23

3 What if i talk about race wrong? 37

4 Why am I always being told to "check my privilege"? 53

5 What is intersectionality and why do I need it? 70

6 Is police brutality really about race? 83

7 How can I talk about affirmative action? 99

8 What is the school-to-prison pipeline? 121

9 Why can't I say the "N" word? 134

10 What is cultural appropriation? 142

11 Why can't I touch your hair? 153

12 What are microaggressions? 162

13 Why are our students so angry? 179

14 What is the model minority myth? 189

15 But what if I hate Al Sharpton? 201

16 I Just got called racist, what do I do now? 212

17 Talking is great, but what else can I do? 225

Acknowledgments 239

Notes 243

A Discussion Guide 249

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So You Want to Talk About Race 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing and important book. I don't buy many books anymore but I'll be buying at least one of these.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
This is not a book you can walk away from. It is a book that you will read many times and get different information from it. The first time you read to see what she has to say. The second time to understand what she says. Then you buy it and re-read it over the years to see how it impacts you or see how you can use it to better understand race and racism and how to better your behaviors and thoughts on race and racism. I can understand some of what she says. Other things I can't because I have not experienced it nor lived with those who have. At times I got mad. Other times I just got sad as she relates her experiences. I appreciate that it feels like she is a friend just talking to us on the porch. She does not preach but she gets her point across--sometimes through plain speaking, other times through humor. I never felt like I wanted to walk away from this talk. I wanted to learn--not sure how much I did. Time and re-readings will tell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome