Why Im No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-LodgeIn 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 werent affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: Why Im 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.
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
When was the last time you heard a person of colour challenge structural racism — the role of government policies, organisational practices and popular representations in reinforcing racial inequalities — and, in so doing, be widely supported, listened to and heeded? Racial inequalities are stark, yet normalised. White people are privileged yet complacent, and refuse to listen. Reni Eddo-Lodge. As such, this review will be a little unusual.
My biggest problem with this book and the whole movement, actually, is the lack of knowledge and generalization. At the beginning, Reni Eddo-Lodge claims that the majority of white people refuse to believe in structural racism — w here did she get the data? Yes, I can see some of her criticism. Do not present, only, a story of a far right politician asshole as a proof of your argument. My main problem with this book is that it consolidates the idea that everything is about race.
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I gnatius Sancho, whose parents died on the slave ship on which he was born, had the good fortune later in life to receive a classical education courtesy of the Duke of Montagu. As an adult, Sancho was feted as an African man of letters who, entering into a correspondence with Laurence Sterne in , beseeched the author to use his authority to intervene in the plight of enslaved Africans. So for hundreds of years black writers in Britain have sought to engage white people on the subject of race. But not any more — at least as far as Reni Eddo-Lodge is concerned. Eddo-Lodge no more means to disengage from white people than Toni Morrison , who has said unapologetically that she is primarily writing for black people.