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So You Want to Talk About Race
So You Want to Talk About Race | Ijeoma Oluo
137 posts | 86 read | 9 reading | 273 to read
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans. Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned, and crystalize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor's seminal essay "The Meaning of a Word."
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bookwrm526
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EVERYBODY go read this book!! I know I‘m late to the party and everyone already knows this, but I really needed this hook. It wasn‘t always comfortable, but that‘s the point!! Let it push you to do more and be better, and just THINK about things you may not have considered or might need to look at in a different light!!

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LaurenReads
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As an educator of children of color I needed to read this book. As a privileged white woman I needed to read this book.

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Krose1
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Required reading for anyone who wants to try to help anti-racism.

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jamicuns
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“The question is: do you want to look like a better person, or do you want to be a better person? Because those who just want to look like a better person will have great difficulty with the introspection necessary to actually be a better person.“

This book is a great tool to use if you want to do more than just look like a better person with regards to race in our country. We can be better and we must do better.

BellaBookNook Well said and makes me happy to read this. Especially in this time in our country when there is so much overt division. 2mo
jamicuns @BellaBookNook ❤️❤️❤️ this is one of the reasons I‘m addicted to reading. It opens my eyes and my heart to thing I normally wouldn‘t be aware of. I‘m grateful to those who take the time and the emotional labor to write this important books. 2mo
BellaBookNook ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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jamicuns
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This is such an important book. I have highlighted so much of the book already and I‘m only 40% done. The chapter about police brutality is a must read. The book Ghettoside is a great companion book to this chapter.

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jamicuns
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20% into this book and I have highlighted most of it. Be not complacent in your privilege.

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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A book I highly recommend if you want to talk and read about race. It's very thought provoking and accessible; it's also semi-autobiographical. One of the best books on race I've ever read.

#BlackHistoryMonth

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readordierachel Great book! 5mo
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alimabean
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Always with a red pen in my books on race.

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lbilski
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A great read. Wonderful guidance for how to start doing the work.

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faelinwolf

Talk. Please talk and talk and talk some more. But also act. Act now, because people are dying now in this unjust system. ... Act and talk and learn and fuck up and learn some more and act again and do better. We have to do this all at once. We have to learn and fight at the same time. Because people have been waiting far too long for their chance to live as equals in this society.

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shaynarae
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Yes yes yes! Such an amazing, well-crafted book about understanding and communicating about race for a wide audience. As someone who feels well-read and well-educated about race relations in the US, Oluo articulated it far better and more thoroughly than anything else I‘ve read/listened to. Concepts are illustrated with her personal anecdotes, which make great practical touchstones. Highly recommended for everyone!

Jee_HookedOnBookz Such an important read! 6mo
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saltwaterlit
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Next audio read....does anyone else prefer non-fiction when it comes to audio?

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razmanda
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Overly eager and here a smidge early. 😍😂😍

Tamra Lucky you! 7mo
Christine Cool!! I really loved her book. 7mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved this book! Such an important read! 6mo
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gby0822
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A good book to start with for understanding why we *all* need to be fighting against systemic racism and white supremacy (and also how we can start to do this). #socialjustice #antiracism

Jee_HookedOnBookz I totally agree w you! 6mo
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Ostaff1
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This book reads like The Dummies Guide to Not Being a Racist. She very patiently walks you through some obvious (and not so obvious) issues. I‘m white, and I was born, raised, and live in one of the whitest states in the USA. I don‘t have any close friends of color, and even if I did, I know enough to know that I can‘t lean on them to educate me. I‘m so glad I read this book.

decaturmamaof2 Exactly this! ^^ 6mo
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Ostaff1
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Still loving this book! Articulating the systemic problem with micro-aggressions is not something that ever occurred to me. Learning so much!

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Ostaff1
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Pg. 90 I learn something every day. So far she‘s discussed race, racism, talking about racism, structural racism, privilege, intersectionality. This chapter is on the unique role of the police force in the USA. #nonfiction #librarybook

decaturmamaof2 This book had taught me so much! 6mo
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Ostaff1
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I‘m only on page 50, and I‘m already so happy my turn came up on this #library book! #racism in the USA

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Melismatic
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Sometimes the truth hurts. Sometimes it makes my blood boil.
Thought this paragraph in this fab book‘s 6th chapter was pretty self-explanatory in a week when so many choose to bicker on social about sneakers. ✌🏻

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Melismatic
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Continuing to plow through my #TBR during my staycation. I just finished #YesWeStillCan and have moved on to another “Friend of the Pod”. Heard so many good things about this. Excited. 🙌🏻

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Runawaylibrarian
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Taking me longer than I expected to finish this one because I have to stop every few pages to reflect and ponder. An important, illuminating read.

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hermyknee
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#Audible Book Sale ♥️

“I began to yell even louder. Somebody had to hear me; somebody had to care. I could not be alone.”

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ness
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Oluo breaks down so many aspects of race, from cultural appropriation (hi, Madonna) to the model minority myth. It should be required reading for my fellow white people. (As an aside, I also appreciated that she didn‘t forget disabled people and mostly steered clear of ableist slurs and language.)

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staci.reads
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Read this book. Read it with an open mind and an open heart. It's important and uncomfortable, but as Oluo states, we need to "build a tolerance for discomfort" if we are going to do better. After all, "Our humanity is worth a little discomfort, it's actually worth a lot of discomfort."

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ness
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I‘ve been meaning to read this for awhile, so it‘s time.

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RebeccasReading
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Listened to this one, and I loved the narrator. I‘d like to make this book required reading. Not an easy read at all, but well worth it.

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jveezer
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Why yes, yes I do... and I want to keep on talking about it until we don‘t need to talk about it anymore. I‘m talking to you, United States of America.

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kgriffith
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The challenges for #POCathon are:
1. A book with main characters who are of 3 or more different races/ethnicities
2. A classic by an author of color or a book in translation
3. Sci-fi or fantasy by or featuring POC
4. Poetry by an author of color
5. A book that deals with racism, prejudice, or immigration

saresmoore This is really cool! I‘m reading a book right now that fits #5. 10mo
kgriffith @saresmoore I‘m so glad you tagged the book, I just saw your post about it and was intrigued, but there‘s no summary so I figured I‘d find out eventually if it passes my no-more-straight-white-dudes bar, and ta-da! 😊 10mo
saresmoore Gah! No summary! I should have checked that. Chariandy is from the Toronto area, but I believe he‘s of Trinidadian/Caribbean descent, like his MC. The novel is about a young man, the son of an immigrant, mourning the loss of his brother. I don‘t want to say much more than that because spoilers, but there‘s some beautiful illumination of the immigrant experience and police prejudice/brutality, interwoven with themes of love, loss, and family. 10mo
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kgriffith @saresmoore Thank you! It sounds wonderful. (And yeah, we‘re closing in on switching over to LibraryThing data but not there yet so missing summaries are a thing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) 10mo
saresmoore I think we‘ll all survive the transition unscathed. 😏 Book data has always been hit or miss ‘round here. I can‘t imagine (because I have absolutely no idea how it works) the amount of work that you are all putting into it, but I‘m very grateful! 10mo
kgriffith @saresmoore I dunno, sometime I worry that a few of our friends might not make it when we have to schedule downtime 😏 10mo
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Monique
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“The concept of privilege makes the world seem less safe. We want to protect our vision of a world that is fair and kind and predictable. That reaction is natural, but it doesn‘t make the harmful effects of unexamined privilege any less real.”

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“Disadvantaged white people are not erased by discussions of disadvantages facing people of color, just as brain cancer is not erased by talking about breast cancer. They are two different issues with two different treatments, and they require two different conversations.”

Jess7 Love this book! 11mo
Monique @Jess7 I can see why. It‘s so good! I‘m really interested to get into chapters that really challenge me. I‘m painfully aware at how little I know about racial issues and what I do to negatively contribute to them. 11mo
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Monique
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The first chapter doesn‘t really tell me anything I don‘t already know, but what it does do is give me the words to better articulate those points when discussing topics of race with others. Oluo has such a vivid and powerful way of putting her ideas into easily understood language. From the first chapter alone I‘d recommend this book as a must read for everyone.

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Monique
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‪Just picked this up from the library and started the introduction. Already Ijeoma Oluo has me gripped and I‘m so ready to get uncomfortable! She‘s such a powerful writer. I‘m so excited to dive in. 😊😊❤️#SoYouWantToTalkAboutRace

Samplergal Very powerful. 11mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Wow. So much here to think about and consider, but most importantly, ACT UPON. I cannot wait to see the author at this year‘s Decatur Book Festival!! #DBF2018

mrozzz Jealous!! 11mo
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RJHowe
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An energetic if imperfect read. The book contains a number of hypocracies, logical inconsistencies and in one case intentional ignoring of a serious issue that it should discuss. But conversations about race are needed and if this intelligent and dedicated author wants to help make that happen, good on her. Approached with a critical mind and some caution this book has a lot to offer.

readordierachel I'm curious to know what you found hypocritical or inconsistent, and what issue you think she intentionally ignores? 11mo
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CoffeeK8
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Great book that calls out the work we still need to do as a country. It breaks down a lot of the racism still present today, and how we, as part of a racist society, will not always get it right. Even so, we need to try to do better whenever and however we can.

MrsMalaprop When you know better, do better 👏. 11mo
CoffeeK8 @MrsMalaprop yes, exactly! 11mo
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TamaraH71
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So many books...I dont know what to read next. ima give this a go. #bookproblems

Jess7 I loved this book! 11mo
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CoffeeK8
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I am inhaling this book! Wow!

Louise Great quote! This book is on my TBR. 11mo
readordierachel LOVED this one! 11mo
RebL Yep. 11mo
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Amarie
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-Ijeoma Oluo

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hwestfall
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I will be chewing on this book for a good while. I read this book as an audiobook from my local library. The narrator is Bahni Turpin who was amazing as always. I especially appreciated the chapters on intersectionality, microaggressions, and natural hair. I have a much better understanding on how to engage in conversation with people in my community and online about racial issues.

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hwestfall
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Yay, it's finally my turn! #beenwaitingforever

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BookInMyHands
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If you are a white person who is trying not to be racist, this is a book you should read.

If you are a white person who is certain that you have never behaved in ways that are racist, I challenge you to read this book.

The audio is read by one of my all-time favorite performers- Bahni Turpin, who is brilliant, as always.

33/100 #crossculturalstories read

Samplergal Loved this book. I learned some things about myself. 13mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 13mo
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Jas16
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I don‘t think I realized how much of an introduction to the topic this book is and so was expecting something different. Still the writing is engaging and interesting. I want to give it one score for myself and another based on how valuable I think it could be for others. I think that qualifies as a pick.

lahousewyfe Sounds fascinating! 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey!!! You ok!! I miss you 😘 14mo
Jas16 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I am totally fine. Had to work a lot of long days this week and battling a slight cold so I haven‘t posted as much but I have been keeping up with everyone else‘s posts. Sorry to worry you but am touched by your concern. 14mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jas16 ok!! I hope you get to feeling better!!! 💗😘💗😘 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How are you?? I hope better!! I sent you a little happy, did you get it? 💗 13mo
Jas16 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I am definitely starting to feel better today. Thank you so much. I just checked my mail and nothing has arrived yet but I will keep my eyes open. ❤️ (edited) 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jas16 it said it was delivered on 5/1 ??? Hmmmmmm 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m off Tuesday so I will go to the post office to see what‘s going on!! 13mo
Jas16 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks oh no! I had a lot of problems with packages being stolen around Christmas but thought things had stopped now that the holidays are over but maybe not. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jas16 I sent you an email with the tracking number... will that help? 13mo
Jas16 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I will contact the post office tomorrow 13mo
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JimmyCira13
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What do I do in the car line at school? Why, I read of course!

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taraWritesSci
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A great place to start when it comes to discussing race, as implied by the title. The sad part is that the people who would benefit the most would never read this book. Oluo gives you the tools to keep pushing, though, and offers concrete examples of how to counter racism, starting with your own biases.

#fridayreads

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Kalalalatja
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Such a great and interesting listen! Oluo is tired of people‘s s**t, and I get it, and feel for her. She‘s angry, frustrated and sad, but she is also engaging, informative, and right! We need to do better, but we especially need to act if we want to change the world, which goes for problems other than race, too.

#MarchMadnessChallenge

ephemeralwaltz 👏👏👏👏 1y
LinusTheWonderPup She was wonderful on Lovett or Leave It. Glad to hear the book will live up to my personal hype. 1y
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heikemarie
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White Supremacy is this nation‘s oldest pyramid scheme. Even those who have lost everything to the scheme are still hanging in there, waiting for their turn to cash out.

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SuperPunkNinja
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My company wins the prize for the wokest little free library. ✊

Hooked_on_books I take it you don‘t work for Halliburton. 😂 1y
SuperPunkNinja @Hooked_on_books Aw hell no! 😆 1y
LiteraryinLititz Love it! 1y
ephemeralwaltz Love love love! 1y
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