So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race

In this breakout book, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape--from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement--offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divideIn So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape ...

Details So You Want to Talk About Race

TitleSo You Want to Talk About Race
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherSeal Press
GenreNonfiction, Race, Social Movements, Social Justice, Politics, Writing, Essays, Cultural, African American

Reviews So You Want to Talk About Race

  • Ben Babcock
    Do you ever accidentally inhale a book? Like, you meant to read it with your eyes, but, whoops, suddenly there it is, lodged in your esophagus and now you have to go to the hospital and explain, in various gestures, how you breathed in an entire book? This happens to me more often than I would like to admit. So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo, is just the latest instance. Thankfully, this was an eARC from NetGalley (thanks Perseus Boo...
  • Trish
    People of every race are going to read this book—at least I hope they are. It is not written just for people still denying that racism exists in America today, but for people who know it does but do not recognize the myriad ways it manifests. Oluo writes so clearly and simply, this book just a pleasure to read, despite addressing emotionally sensitive material. It is so well-conceived and executed that one could use it as a handbook for group d...
  • Stacie C
    So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo I loved this book. I finished it in a day simply devouring Oluo’s word. I can relate to so much of what Oluo was sharing and in so many ways it was validating but also depressing. I feel better knowing that I’m not the only person experiencing these microaggressions, working through these issues and surviving day to day but at the same time having these similar lived experiences makes me very well...
  • Gary Moreau
    What author would write a book with a target audience that is likely to consider reading it, much less paying for it, akin to wishing for a root canal? Apparently, Ijeoma Oluo. I am a white, sexagenarian, male, and former CEO. I am, therefore, a r#cist. (And yes, I am being sensitive to the censors who will look at this before posting it.) And I accept that because this isn’t about me. My personal tolerance is irrelevant. If a picture says a th...
  • Cynthia
    This book is largely for non-POC who wish to be allies or POC who are in denial of, not aware of or unfamiliar with the systemic racism prevalent in American society. Unlike many other scholarly works on race, this book uses language that is accessible and could even be used in an AP Language course. Actually, it would probably be a great addition to an AP Language course. Most importantly, it needs to be read far and wide by teachers especially ...
  • Lata
    Well-written book about an enormously painful and horrible system of oppression. Read this book if you want to learn how to talk about race, how to engage with a person of colour with real respect, empathy and a willingness to interrogate your conscious and unconscious biases and assumptions, and to begin doing more to change your attitudes and actions, as well as those around you.
  • Truman32
    So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo’s new book asks. I thought I did, but after reading several chapters I realized no, no I very much did not want to. I think I’d rather talk about my receding hairline, my cholesterol levels, the abnormally large size of my physician’s fingers (the yearly physical is coming up and it will be time once again to check out that ole prostate), just about anything really, because talking about race is u...
  • Meg Elison
    Written tight as a logical proof and with a careful delivery so that the bad news can be heard by we who need to hear it most. A concrete and highly actionable discussion, reinforced with evidence and examples to make sure that the reader can connect. My fellow white folks: you need to read this. And as the introduction advises, sit with your discomfort when it arises. Even those of us who are trying have a lot to learn. Ms. Oluo has done us the ...
  • Erica
    This isn't an easy-breezy book. It's not supposed to be. Some readers will be triggered, some will be defensive, and some will think it's just too heavy, too negative, too un-American because we don't have racism here and stop making everything about race.This book is about race.It's in the title.There is no false advertising here.For me, this is a good bookend to Between the World and Me. I didn't quite get that book, I couldn't figure out what ...
  • Julie Christine
    An engaging and thoughtful examination of race in these United States. Ijeoma Oluo brings new energy and determination to a discussion that can feel so fraught and loaded and hopeless. The book is presented both as a conversation and as manual, offering tips, guidelines, and discussion points to take the reader from the sidelines to the frontlines. Its readership, as is so often the case with social justice primers, will be obviously self-selecti...
  • Krystal
    Ijeoma Oluo has surpassed expectations with this monumental masterpiece which deconstructs race with insight and clarity for all to better understand and address these issues!
  • Lauren
    It’s hard to capture the magnitude of what Ijeoma Oluo has accomplished in So You Want To Talk About Race. She has managed to write a clear and concise instruction manual on how to talk about one of our country’s most difficult subjects, while neither alienating nor infantilizing the reader. This is an especially important book for the newly “woke” white person who recognizes our structural and systematic racism in the US, but is unsure (...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    A must-read for all white people, this book is very smart but very accessible. Oluo breaks down complicated issues like police brutality, the model minority myth, and tone policing (among others) masterfully, weaving together personal stories, detailed examples, and stats. This is definitely an entry-level book that feels aimed at white people and people of colour at the beginning of politicized learning. Excellent narration by Bahni Turpin like ...
  • Chris
    This is so smart and honest and powerful and I want to get copies for everyone I know
  • Jess7
    5/5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I posted a lot about this author and this book recently, and after finishing this book, I can confidently say the praise I previously expressed is well deserved. This is absolutely a #mustread. The real world examples and suggestions make this book a real standout from others addressing the topic of race in America. I will be referencing this book for years to come. 5/5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I posted a l...
  • Rachel Mans Mckenny
    Part memoir and part handbook, Ijeoma Oluo’s new book is not just about talking: it’s about action. Oluo addresses two distinct audiences: people of color and white people who hope to engage in dialogue about race. She makes it clear early on that her book is not some magic cure for white supremacy, but is instead a tool to open doors. Using chapter titles which focus in on key terms in the discussion about race in America (like tone-policing...
  • Desiree
    I kind’ve figured that I was going to devour this book. I love pretty much everything that Ijeoma Oluo has written - whether that’s an expertly-written online article, a facebook post, or a tweet. She is brilliant, so I was not at all surprised to absolutely love this book. Oluo spends chapter after chapter laying down truth about issues like microaggressions, the “model minority myth”, police brutality, the school-prison pipeline, Black ...
  • Ashley
    This book felt like an Introduction to Race 101 class and I don't mean that in a bad way. I think the book was simple and straight to the point in its approach and easily understandable. Ijeoma gave some helpful guidance on how to broach conversations on race in a more healthy and productive way. She literally put bullet points on how to address certain situations. In my opinion, more non-black/non-POC need to read this book. The main topic I was...
  • Mehrsa
    Everything she says is true and necessary, but it comes off more as a shallow lecture than anything new or different. I think it could be useful as a primer or to those who don't spend a lot of time reading about race.
  • Ceillie
    You can read my full review here!
  • Janani
    First published at The Shrinkette.Thanks so much to Netgalley and Seal Press for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.I have been a fan of Ijeoma Oluo’s writing for the last few years, having discovered her first via The Establishment, an online publication that supports marginalized writers and creators. They cover a wide range of topics ranging from politics to kink, and I have learned so much from so many of their writers. ...
  • Suswati
    There has been a spate of incredible literature from African American writers, and this book in particular, stands out because of its instructional, informative guide on tackling racism as a topic.From discussing how to approach the subject with others, to giving direct instructions for those who are willing to learn to change, there are few books out there that are as useful as Ijeoma Oluo's step by step process.Most of all, the introduction of ...
  • Laura
    3.5 starsWithholding review until after seeing Oluo talk tomorrow... Ok, after listening to Oluo’s talk, my concerns weren’t allayed.So the book is good, & worth reading. It is repetitive at times & so it drags at points. But overall, I recommend it.My concern is the takeaway. Oluo seems to be saying we shouldn’t be talking to each other quite so much. That is, white people shouldn’t bother people of color as much as they do. Don’t ask ...
  • Will
    Ijeoma Oluo's book is an instruction manual, an autobiography, and a collection of incredible essays all rolled into one. She gives anyone interested in talking about race a manual. It encourages white people to work through racist tropes and mistakes and gives POCs information on how to counter well-meaning but definitely racist arguments. I found it to be a great mix of Oluo's on experiences alongside her analysis of cultural moments and explan...
  • Kitty
    Really, really good and useful. Please read it. America needs this book.
  • Kristin-Leigh
    I've seen some reviews here from white people framed as though they were guiltily reading a book not written "for" them, and I want to make sure to help correct that deliberate lie - this book is for white people! there are many sections directly addressed to white readers, full chapters even, and Oluo is very clear in her message that if racism is a system of oppression designed specifically to privilege white people, then white people with our ...
  • Kayla
    This book is a very important read. I think that everyone should read this. I learned something from reading this and I think this book is essential to race relations.
  • Biljana
    Ijeoma Oluo's So You Want to Talk About Race is an important book. It serves as a good introduction to social justice issues. More importantly, in a very accessible manner, her book takes you through examples regarding how to start talking about race. And it focuses not just on educating the reader about these topics but also the need to take actions. She considers many key topics, including privilege, intersectionality, police brutality, the sch...
  • Meg
    I was handed this book by a friend who is very involved with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and has connected me to their work, which has allowed me to connect them to students in our social justice group at my high school. I trust this friend and bookseller implicitly and when she handed me this book, I knew it was going to be good and now that I've finished it, I would dare say this book is essential reading for anyone engaged in racial j...
  • Alison Hardtmann
    I've tried to write a review for Ijeoma Oluo's excellent book a few times now and failed, so I'm just going to write about what I, personally, got out of the book instead. If the title doesn't give the subject away, this is a book divided into chapters that address topics and issues surrounding race in America. Oluo writes clearly, both with an understanding of the difficulties involved in, and the necessity of, an on-going conversation about rac...