Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

'One of the most important books of 2017' Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good ImmigrantA powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-LodgeIn 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitle...

Details Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

TitleWhy I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Release DateJun 1st, 2017
PublisherBloomsbury Circus
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Race, Politics, Writing, Essays

Reviews Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

  • Didi
    It was approximately five months ago that my book club was speaking about race since we were discussing Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I found myself being the unique reference since I was the only black person in the room. https://browngirlreading.com/2017/08/...
  • Clif Hostetler
    This book was prompted by the viral response that resulted from the posting of this message on the author's blog. I think the message is worth reading because it provides an excellent articulation of the near impossibility of communicating the fact of structural racism to white people who happen to be unwitting beneficiaries of it.Below I've listed the main terms defined, explored and discussed in this book. The definitions are as I understand ...
  • TheSkepticalReader
    “When do you think we’ll get to an end point?”“There is no end point in sight,’ I reply. ‘You can’t skip to the resolution without having the difficult, messy conversation first. We’re still in the hard bit.” In 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge made a blog post, from where emerges the book title, about why she does not want to talk to white people about race. The response was overwhelming, both from whites and people of color. Motivated by...
  • Ian Connel
    "Why I'm No Longer Talking to Black People about Race."Consider that statement if you want to read this book. Avoid the mental gymnastics of postmodernism. Ask yourself, "does this statement show love and respect to other humans?" If you answered no, then you are not a moron. Stay that way. Treat people as individuals, not as stereotypes.
  • Peter
    Utter crap!Let me explain why.My wife is from Bangladesh, we will have been married for twenty years this december and have two wonderful daughters.My point: I have had more racist abuse from blacks and asians since we have been married and my wife as had almost nothing in comparison. In fact the police found it very funny that my wife phoned them because it was I that was getting the racist abuse at our house not her at the time. It's amazing th...
  • Trish
    Reni Eddo-Lodge no longer wants to talk to white people about race because white people always manage to make the conversation about themselves. Isn’t this the original definition of a bore? This would actually be funny if it didn’t have such deadly consequences for people of color everywhere. “Discussing racism is not the same thing as discussing ‘black identity.’ Discussing racism is about discussing white identity. It’s about whit...
  • leynes
    I read Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race based upon the recommendation of Yamini. So make sure to check out her review. Shutting up about racism creates the sort of silence that requires some to suffer so that others are comfortable. And it's definitely a book that I, myself, will start recommending to people. Reni Eddo-Lodge has a very distinct and clear voice. I liked that she displayed her thoughts in such a structured way, ...
  • Mindy Reads
    Although I do believe many points she made are valid, I have a hard time with how a lot of the book makes generalities and doesn't back up what it's claiming.
  • Emma Wallace
    Beautiful, harrowing, emotional and raw; quite possibly the best book I have read all year! I write this review with an awareness that this book was never designed for my consumption or even education: this is such a personal account of Reni's experience and the historical experience of all POC in Britain and that connection is deeply felt in Reni's direct, emotive prose. I have felt a plethora of emotions while reading this book and have been sh...
  • Mohammed P Aslam
    Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote in the Guardian (June 2017) where she stated, White privilege is a manipulative, suffocating blanket of power that envelopes everything we know, like a snowy day.Why wouldn’t we wish to talk to white people about race, this would be an automatic response to the title of this book from any normal white person and many black people too. This book is certainly a very edifying as much as an instructive book by all accounts and...
  • André Oliveira
    Foi uma leitura rápida e interessante.É sempre bom ouvir/ler novos pontos de vista.
  • Kaitlin
    This is a book I picked up on audible as I had heard pretty rave things about the author and her work. I was definitely not disappointed as the audio version is actually narrated by the author, and this lends a lot more to the book than I think reading it would have, because it feels incredibly approachable but also very personal. This is Reni's experiences over her life with specifically British racism. She questions white privilege, naivety, sa...
  • Alice Lippart
    Very interesting and articulate, but would've loved if it had gone more in depth.
  • Theo
    A book all white people should read. If you assume this book is racist then you'd be wrong. It lays out a lot of facts about how race affects people who aren't white in the UK that are interesting and damning. Luckily the author's writing is brisk and highly readable. Unlike many factual books where it feels the author has a word count to achieve, this is always pithy and to the point, covering a range of points without repeating the same ideas o...
  • Rick Burin
    Reni Eddo-Lodge opens up her provocative and challenging viral blogpost of 2014 into a 224-page (big type) book that has something to say, but says it unbelievably poorly. Eddo-Lodge may be right that ‘structural’ (institutionalised) racism is the biggest problem facing Britain today, she’s definitely right that anti-immigrant narratives are cynically used by those in power to divide the working class, and her early insights into whiteness ...
  • Meike
    Don’t let the book’s title irritate you: In this text, Reni Eddo-Lodge does nothing but talking about race, especially to white people, and she calls upon everyone to challenge the structural set-up that allows racism to thrive. From black history in Britain (which is obviously not taught in schools, a reality that deprives both colored and white kids of knowledge about important aspects of British history), to structural racism, the intersec...
  • Suswati
    My reaction to this book was FINALLY someone is discussing the intersectionality between feminism, classism, and the British identity with race and racism. Having spoken to her personally about this during one of her talks, it's rather refreshing to hear it included. Absolutely current and relevant to society especially in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum. I listened to this in one go on Audible, nodding and shouting in agreement throughout...
  • Matheus Freitas
     I won’t lie, this wasn’t an easy read. The title made me roll my eyes, but I decided to give it a chance – after all, something that I’m not interested is thinking that the whole world share my opinions (which is something that the author is not that careful with when talking about groups). My biggest problem with this book and the whole movement, actually, is the lack of knowledge and generalization. I, by no means, am saying that r...
  • Emily
    First exposure to intersectionality is like being handed a pair of glasses you didn't know you needed.
  • PolicemanPrawn
    I wanted to like this book, and there is a desperate need for sensible thinking on this topic, but this is not it. While there are some sensible points (such as the problems with the ‘colourblind’ approach to racism, and racism in the workplace and with regards to recruitment), this book contains lots of drivel, full of shoddy reasoning and poor arguments. The author suffers massively from SJWism, but I suppose that is the book’s primary at...
  • Isobel
    It’s hard to know what to say about this book other than that every white person in Britain has a duty to read it. I’ve always been aware of racism, felt uncomfortable about it and saddened by it, but never really knew what to do. Sometimes I’d hear racist things said and call out someone for being racist, and when they asked why found I couldn’t fully articulate an answer. I’ve always been the kind of person who obviously wants equalit...
  • Angela
    I feel I can't properly give this book 5 stars because prior to reading this book I was not familiar with the structural and individual racism enforced in the UK. Unfortunately, it seems the author and others in the UK seem to be just as ignorant of it as well, willfully or otherwise. Now that I've read this though, I will definitely be looking into it, especially considering the author has cited many articles that will make it infinitely easier ...
  • Mich
    I would be lying to you if i told you i didnt sticky-note every other page. Racism is alive and well in Britain and this book here is ready 👏 ta 👏 give 👏 you 👏 the 👏 facts 👏. I wish there was a miniature version i could carry around in my bag Im not even joking. How does racism present itself in 21st century Britain? What are the intersections between racism and misogyny? Between race and poverty? Why is the scarcity mentality f...
  • David Mcqueen
    The title can piss a lot of people off, but the provocative lead got me and drew me into a well researched treatise as to why the conversations about race are usually ignored. Well written and one of my favourite books for 2017
  • thehalcyondaysofsummer
    Opening lines: ‘On 22nd February 2014, I published a post on my blog.’
  • Tadas Talaikis
    This should be interesting, because I don't see "color" and I am constantly seeing some racists out there, in the wild. I want to understand their idiotic "logic". Now I have only one hypothesis, backed by various research pieces, - when people live too well, they lose empathy, because it's no longer economically profitable.What I think after reading it. Yes, racism exists, "blindness to race" exists, but at the end this book goes too far with ju...
  • Gem (Glimpsing Gembles Blog)
    I read this book hoping to learn more, but I was disappointed. Although there were a lot of well researched, important, and heartbreaking facts, I wanted more about what we can all do to improve the situation. Maybe a follow up book would be great to build on the facts and history provided in this book so as to educate readers about how we can move forward.
  • Martina Bučková
    My feelings towards this book are very conflicted. On one hand, I liked how Reni Eddo-Lodge put the history of race relations and the immigrants of color in the UK. I think I never read any book on this topic which would be about UK, there are plenty of such which take place in US and I am quite sure people are mostly aware. I also liked how she pointed out that the feminism is somehow never discussing the skin color topic calling it color blindn...
  • Asim Qureshi
    This book is important for many reasons, and while it is written very much from the perspective of Reni Eddo-Lodge's experience as a black woman growing up in the UK, there is much about it that I recognise. particularly pertinent in the book is her presentation of white privilege and the way in which discussions that step outside of what is considered to be acceptable by liberals results in demonisation. I have a great deal of both sympathy and ...