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    A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide 

    In So You Want to Talk About Race, editor-at-large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions listeners don't dare ask and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans. 

    Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned and crystallize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor's seminal essay "The Meaning of a Word". A Harper's Bazaar pick of One of 10 Books to Read in 2018. 

    ©2018 Ijeoma Oluo (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    "Narrator Bahni Turpin's impassioned voice clearly conveys the gravity of this book on race and racism.... Key points are repeated to help listeners absorb ideas and definitions, and Turpin engagingly reads real-life examples Oluo uses to illustrate complex concepts such as intersectionality and white privilege." (AudioFile)  

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    • V. Taras
    • 06/10/2018

    An Important Must-Read, but Worse than Expected

    I have mixed feelings about the book. On the one hand, I believe it is a must-read for anyone in the U.S., and a highly recommended read for anyone outside the U.S. At the very least, it will give you a good perspective into the racial tensions in the U.S. and a good understanding of how it is seen by the activists of the African American community. Many eye-opening examples and explanations. On the other hand, the book is not particularly engaging. Justifiably, it is filled with rants and complaints. However, I felt the case could have been made more strongly with more statistics and references to more studies. The book felt like a rally speech, and less like a piece of scholarly work. Still, highly recommend. It was a good use of my time.

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    • alibamba
    • 29/01/2019

    A Reminder to Read Books that Make You Uncomfortable

    Yes, conversations about race are awkward to hard and even hurtful and I’m not thrilled to be categorized as a white supremacist simply because I am white but even with all that discomfort, confusion, eyebrow raises, and slack jawed moments I experienced while listening I have to say my world feels bigger after reading this. My perspective is changed. I didn’t understand or even recognize my own racism or white privilege. I have not had to confront racism and I have not seen the part in it that I have played or know what action I could take to change. I am asking questions of myself and assumptions I’ve made about a range of other issues because if I didn’t see this, what else am I not seeing? I feel very blessed to have come across Oluo’s book and will continue to follow her work. I also feel compelled to share that the narration is top notch.

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    • TheIsaiahCC
    • 22/07/2020

    Terrifying Philosophy

    The whole book is based off the premise of systemic racism being the foundation of the United States of America. Because slavery is the foundation, anything built upon it is systemically racist. The second sentence of the book refers to America as a “white supremacist country”. There is no justification for this premise. Anecdotal evidence is inconsequential. The book will also point to things that disproportionately affect black people and then refuse to address why those disparities exist, just accept it as further evidence of racism. The lack of proof is actually explained away by the author who says the system is intentionally complicated in order to shroud the white supremacy. How convenient. So, you can’t prove it because it’s too hard to explain. Does that sound like reasonable argument for a sound-minded person? Lucky for us, the author lays out some rules that actually supersede forming your own opinions. Rule number one: If a black person says something is about race, than it is. It sounds crazy at face value, but the author goes on to explain that it doesn’t really matter if the person is infallible or not. It matters the context with which they experience the world. If they experience racism throughout their lives, and then are followed through the store by a white employee then the employee’s intention’s don’t matter. Why? Because the author says you can’t leave your race at the door. It is context you carry with you constantly, and you should be aware of the implications of it. Which is dangerous. Saying my white skin hurts people is wrong. Just like driving while black isn’t a crime, existing near a black person while white isn’t either. And acting as though white skin is a power to wield with great care sounds like the semantics of a white supremacist. I will not carry the historical context of white skin around with me. And I will not speak to a black person while having the context of Jim Crowe in my mind. How can you heal a wound if you’re picking at the scab daily. I can’t imagine anything making you more uncomfortable with the conversation of race than this backwards thinking book. Then she talks about the idea of privilege. The author feels that she isn’t responsible for her degree because her mother was a college educated women who told her about the importance of college. And is that a privilege? Maybe so. Is it worth discrediting your accomplishments over? No. There is no equal playing field and we’ll all face struggles of different kinds. We can say this group faces more struggles than this one but who’s to say the most accurate grouping is by race. I would think by class would be more accurate. Poor neighborhood’s, that are often disproportionately black, have underfunded, ineffective schools. Is the strongest indicator of privilege between a white kid and a black kid in the same neighborhood their respective race? But the author when speaking to a liked but misguided white friend says that black issues should not be conflated with class issues. She also speaks about intersectionality and how when she’s shouted at on the street she doesn’t know if it’s because she’s black, queer, or because she’s a woman. Which, how would they know you’re queer on sight? But regardless, it’s more about the fact that a movement can’t simply be about one thing. For instance in a feminist movement, it should be of significance that she is a woman and black. So, the issues they’re focused on should benefit black women specifically, as well as latinx women, etc. Which of course is a blatant contradiction from the argument about class and race. You could be a poor person and a black person and therefore those two issues should be fought in tandem. Which is problematic in my estimations. MLK talked about how targeted approaches to specific instances of discrimination were much more effective in making real change. You can’t fight every battle at once, and there’s nothing wrong with focusing on one thing at a time. The authors concern is that black people have been told to wait their turn and change will come. At the same time, you have a large group of people that all say blatant things like “racism is bad, sexism is bad, etc” and people already agree with most of these premises and quickly dismiss the protest. What specific piece of legislation would you like to change or push? And then of course we’re back at square one, the system is too complex on purpose to disguise the insidious white supremacy within it’s depths. I gave this book my best shot. I wanted to be convinced and be on the “right side of history”. And now, I’m convinced that whatever side this book is on is clearly the wrong side. This philosophy will destroy the American way of life. Stay far away from this book. Maybe read some John Stuart Mill.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 03/03/2020

    Entertaining and wise.

    I was hesitant to this book because I am a biracial black woman in America and I wasn't sure this book was written for me or that I would have much to gain from it. Being mixed race often leaves you in the world of the 'other'. Often books on race are written to educate white people or vindicate poc. But this does that, but it expands into so much more than that. Everyone can be educated and maybe even find vindication in this guide to constructive conversation. It was also nice that it felt as if Bahni Turpin really identified with and embodied the work. Thanks for the great read.

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    • Heather
    • 16/09/2020

    Rife with falsehoods that further divide

    The book was terrible start to finish. It is one thing to believe there is a problem that needs to be fixed. But to essentially suggest that whites are all racist whether they know it or not is ridiculous. This book was a bloggers cheap attempt for a quick cash grab on a hot button topic that is so controversial it doesn’t require fact. Feelings over facts.

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    • MoneySpenderPro
    • 22/01/2019

    Logical Fallacy: (n)...

    Difficult to follow when viewed in the light of heuristics and neurology. Reduces innate behavior and normal cultural adaptation to conscious wrong behavior. Identity politics defeat the collective goal of a neutral society. As the author states, she is mixed race as are many people, yet she clearly chooses to identify as belonging to one racial group instead of the other. Her stance that lighter skin equates to increasingly unfair social credit fails to account for the millions of light complexion people left behind in society. There is no doubt that racism exists in America, but choosing a tribe and attacking the other is not the way to accomplish it. Humans are all Africans. We belong to different families, not different races.

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    • AmazonCustomer
    • 05/02/2018

    Excellent book, excellently narrated.

    Ijeoma Oluo has a gift for delivering hard medicine with humor and sensitivity. If you are a white person who wants to do better, this is a perfect primer on how (and when) to have conversations about race without doing more harm than good.

    And Bahni Turpin is an impeccable narrator. She reads with a clarity and conviction that makes the content feel completely fresh, like a conversation, rather than a reading. A perfect fit with Ijeoma Oluo's writing style, too.

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    • UURev
    • 19/12/2019

    Must read for white folks

    I have done a lot of work on my privilege and racial bias (and I still have a LONG way to go) and books like this are so helpful, great reminders and calls to action, I will be rereading it again soon and asking all of my church staff to read it as well!

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    • Susanna Heath
    • 29/04/2020

    Critical and a must read

    At the risk of being just another white woman talking about how a book on race makes her feel...this book made me feel a lot. I consider myself a feminist and over the last year have learned much about intersectionality, and how I cannot fight for the rights of women without also including other marginalized people. But I do not have many people of color in my life. My social media feed is made up of mostly white liberal women. I didn’t feel comfortable talking about race, suspecting I was probably a little racist myself. I found this book on a list of must-read books on race. The chapter headings immediately hooked me. These were the questions I wanted to ask, and didn’t know how. Ijeoma presents the information calmly and with some humor but also with the underlying steel and passion that evokes a real emotional response to many tragic topics. She answers questions and brings up additional information I had never previously considered. I believe everyone should read this book and begin to take action in their communities.

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    • L. Keepers
    • 15/08/2020

    Microagression To Whites

    I read this book with my black friends at a book club hoping to be part of the solution and learn about my own hidden biases. For every good point there were several "microagression" against ME. Even my POC friends were embarrassed that I had to be insulted in front of them. And they were insulted that she assumes all black people have the same political views. They didnt. We have agreed to put into practice those few good suggestions in the book and forget the rest of it. My black friends apologized to ME instead of the other way aroumd.

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    • Eric
    • 23/06/2020

    Illuminating & Necessary

    As a white male reading this in 2020, it was crucial to expose myself to perspectives I don’t hear often enough. While uncomfortable and difficult to process at times, I think this excellent book is a necessary read for anyone wanting to be part of the solution for racial justice. Well-written, practical and unfortunately just as relevant and topical today as it was when it came out in 2018. Highly recommended.

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    • Khawla
    • 12/06/2020

    Great book

    If you are just starting the process of becoming an anti racist, this book is a good start. It offers a lot of useful tips as well.

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    • AwesomeDevil~
    • 27/06/2020

    Very helpful

    First of all I want to say that I really enjoyed the voice actor. They did a great job. The book covers a lot of the basic questions and topics about race. It explains them and it even often offers advice and tips and gives insight into the life of a black person and shares their experiences. As someone who is white that was really helpful and even though I thought I was well informed about rasicm and race, I still learned new things. I really enjoyed the advice of how to approach certain conversations and topics and how to have these conversations. Also as someone who is not from the US, I learned a lot about rasicm in Amerika. Some of the problems that were mentioned are also 1 to 1 existing in my country, others not so much. But in general I gained a better understanding of rasicm in general and in the US. Yes, in this book you will probably hear some unpleasant statements and yes you will probably be sometimes very emotional and maybe defeated but you will also learn so, so much. Also, yes, not all topics are covered extremely thorough. Each chapter of the audiobook centers around a certain question like "What are microaggression? " or "Why can't I touch your hair?" and so on. These topics will be given a certain amount of time and the questions will be answered, explained and discussed. It gives you a general overview. If you want more in depth information to some topics that you found interesting in this book, you just have to seek out more information and google stuff. Who would I recommend this book towards? Every English understanding person to be honest. If you already know a lot about race, this book is a good way to refresh your memorys on certain topics or to have a source that answers the basic questions and offers advice. If you are someone who wants to start to learn more about race, this is a great place to start because it gives you a general overview, answers the basic questions and offers advice. So I think everyone will get something out of it. (Please keep in mind that I can't tell how helpful this book is for a black person or a person of color. I can just say that this book is directed to a broad audience of all races and that it gives encouragement.)

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    • Justin P.
    • 26/10/2019

    Going in the wrong direction

    For somebody who writes about racism professionally, the author is suprisingly bad at describing the whole picture. An example: The dropout quote for black students is extraordinarily high. According to the book, there are TWO explanations for this: EITHER black people are evil and aggressive by nature OR american schools discriminate black students. You can not simplify it that drastically. Even if all people had the same color by tomorrow, families from poor neighborhoods would struggle to succeed in the school system. A similar point is made a few chapters earlier but is forgotton all of a sudden. Similar problems occur when Twitter is discussed without mentioning social media bubbles. At one point assuming a racist intention of a cop seems to be justified whenever a black person feels discriminized, without any particular reason regarding the police officer. I understand how a book about racism can be, maybe should be, about subjective experiences the author has made. However, there are too many situations in which people are considered racist without giving any reasons. I do not want to defend these people but critisize this book for not going all the way with an argument most of the time, leaving the reader not only with anger about racism but also with anger about a too simplistic approach to the topic.