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, Writing, Essays, Politics, Social Movements, Social Justice, Cultural, African American, Audiobook, Sociology, Feminism, Adult

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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 (...
  • 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...
  • Chris
    This is so smart and honest and powerful and I want to get copies for everyone I know
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dee Eisel
    White folx are always asking People of Color: How can I figure out what's racist and what's not? This is so hard! Worry no more, my fellow melanin-deficients. Ijeoma Oluo has your back, if you are serious about wanting to do better. This is a must-read for every white person who wants to be an ally, has heard "shut up and listen," and wondered "listen to whom? Listen for what?" So You Want to Talk About Race is for you.You will not like some - ma...
  • Mica
    I could not stop reading this book. It made me think of all the work I needed to do to address racism and the global warming comparison was super powerful. Relatedly, it is really interesting that I’ve heard from many people that every time we hang out with people I bring up race. This book definitely explains why.
  • Tara
    "If someone confronts you with your privilege from a place of anger or even hatred, if someone does not want to take the time or does not have the emotional energy to further explain to you where your privilege lies, know that it is still a kindness. Try to remember that the alternative to not being made aware of your privilege (no matter how much it may sting) is your continued participation in the oppression of others. Someone is giving you an ...
  • Hesper
    Exactly what it says on the cover: lucid and accessible breakdown of systemic racism and how to address it constructively. It's an excellent social justice primer, aimed at a primarily white liberal audience.
  • Kristina Reads - Books. Blogs. Memes.
    When I created a Twitter account (for the third time) last year, for some reason I ended up following Ijeoma Oluo right away. I can’t remember exactly why, but it happened, and so I found out that she was publishing this book. I’ve seen heaps of praise for it on Twitter and after reading it, I can say it is deserved. This book breaks down some very common talking points when it comes to discussing race and racism, identifies the issues with t...
  • Andrea
    "Ask yourself: Am I trying to be right, or am I trying to do better? Conversations on racism should never be about winning. This battle is too important to be so simplified. You are in this to share, and to learn. You are in this to do better and be better."Throughout Ijeoma Oluo's "So You Want To Talk About Race," I kept thinking back to this excerpt. Despite initiating flashbacks to frustrating conversations with white people, this book was the...
  • Erica Larson
    I Typically Don’t Write Out Reviews, But. . .This is such an important topic. If I could make this book required reading for every household in America right now, I would. I’ve seen Ijeoma speak a couple of times in Seattle and I’ve read her work for quite some time now, but this book was still not at all what I was expecting in the best way possible. She really makes one think, but she does so in a way that you can tell she’s practicing ...
  • Malia
    This book is great! It's a perfect intro-level book for white people who are willing to sit with a little discomfort. I'm sure it's great for lots of other people as well. I love her mix of personal stories (many of them heart-wrenching and harrowing), arguments, and application. It's very approachable. I know it has given me some really good talking points to keep in my pocket about things like affirmative action and the relationship between ind...
  • Hannah Darr
    "For hundreds of years we have been told that the path to freedom from racial oppression lies in our virtue. Humanity must be earned. We simply don't deserve equality yet. So when people say that they don't like my tone or when they say they can't support the militancy of Black Lives Matter, or when they say it'd be easier if we "just didn't talk about race all the time", I ask one question. Do you believe in justice and equality? Because if you ...