So You Want to Talk About Race
Race and racism infect almost every aspect of American life, yet they remain difficult to talk about. This user-friendly guide shows you how to have honest conversations about racism, privilege, and white supremacy with the people in your life.
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting, 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’s a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate his 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.
IJEOMA OLUO is a writer and speaker whose work on race has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Elle, and Guardian, and more. She has twice been named to The Root 100 and received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award from the American Humanist Society.
softcover, 272 pp