WHY I'M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE - RENI EDDO-LODGE
Title: Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race
Author: Reni Eddo-Lodge
Published: June 2017
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.
I came into this with what I thought to be a fairly sound knowledge and awareness of social justice issues in Australia. I now know I had a total lack of awareness of what is happening over in the UK. This ever so important novel knocked me for six, and reminded me that our responsibility to learn and educate ourselves is ever growing and never ending. The way that Reni Eddo-Lodge so unapologetically and so boldly addresses the issues of racism, white privilege, feminism and class in a way that is well researched and balanced is unparalleled. At times it was slightly jarring, but I think that’s the whole point. I was struck by her compelling discussions and philosophy of the entrenched, internalised racial instincts and foundations of systemic racism in the UK. She does not paint each white person with the same brush, but can anyone blame her or any POC growing tired of trying to convince white people that just because you cannot see or touch something, doesn’t mean it’s not there?
You may have noticed we have not given ‘star-ratings’ for this book. We think to do so, to quantify our thoughts and opinions into a metric that is ultimately used to influence your content consumption, would be taking away from the most important voice, the authors’ voice. The purpose of the book is to educate, to inform and to teach about the history and consequences of systemic racism. The truly terrifying part of how deeply it’s embedded into our society and subconscious, is that most often it’s something we do not see and therefore accept innately. It is our responsibility to wake up and seek it out. I urge you to continue to consume BLM content, beyond the ebbs and flows of its’ trending status. Don’t wait for tragedy to strike again to decide to give a shit.
Systemic racism, microaggressions