In 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, entitled: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ that led to this book.
Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.
Now I’m not ashamed to admit that when this book came out in 2017, my initial thoughts on the title were defensive, how are we going to tackle racism if we’re no longer part of the discussion? But I’m happy to now admit, 3 years later, 3 years more educated, that my very fragility on the matter is exactly why Black people find themselves fatigued and not wanting to talk about race anymore.
Relevant, poignant and eye opening. This book brilliantly explores the history of (and current day) racism within Britain, covering off topics such as white privilege, white fragility and white feminism, amongst other things. Written in a really straightforward way, this book is totally accessible for all kinds of readers!
My favourite section of this book was about white feminism. How some people can argue that talking about race within feminism is irrelevant is beyond me. No doubt women are disadvantaged by a society that see’s male as the default, but you can’t seriously believe that a white woman and a Black or brown woman’s experiences are to be looked at as though they are the same.
If people don’t think Britain has a racism problem they are sorely misguided and I would urge them to read this book or do some actual research. The very fact that the Rooney rule (an NFL policy that requires teams to interview (but not necessarily hire) at least 1 ethnic-minority candidate for head coaching and senior football operation jobs) was so disgustingly and publicly rebuffed by our own sporting federations and the news, is proof of the inexcusable white fragility we have as a nation. And that’s just one example.
Seriously, do me a favour, read this book.
Edition Published: 2018, Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: Nonfiction, Anti-Racism
Goodreads Av. Rating: 4.43