So You Want to Talk About Race: When a book calls you out

So You Want to Talk About Race: When a book calls you out

I’m not sure how Ijeoma Oluo’s book, “So you want to talk about race” ended up on my TBR list.

It was probably on an end-of-the-year “Best Of” list, and in my quest to add more books that matter to my queue, I tacked it on. And as much as it fascinated me, it also stung. After all, the author thinks I am a racist.

And if you are white and accept Oluo’s premise, so are you.

“You are racist because you were born and bred in a racist, white supremacist society,” she writes. “White Supremacy is, as I’ve said earlier, insidious by design. The racism required to uphold White Supremacy is woven into every area of our lives. There is no way you can inherit white privilege from birth, learn racist white supremacy history in schools, consume racist and white supremacist movies and films, work in a racist and white supremaist workforce, and vote for racist and white supremacist governments and not be racist.”

Damn, Ijeoma.

Let me step back for a moment. You can read the full review here.


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