Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge – Our Review
A bookclub sensation in the UK, this book has fuelled a perfect storm of vital discussion about systemic racism, empathy, unconscious bias, and white privilege, which Eddo-Lodge defines as “an absence of the negative consequences of racism”. She asks is there any point in trying to explain a reality so many white people do not see?
She defines racism as “prejudice plus power”, and says, “We tell ourselves that good people can’t be racist… We tell ourselves that racism is about moral values, when instead it is about the survival strategy of systemic power… swathes of the population vote for politicians and political efforts that explicitly use racism as a campaigning tool.”
She draws on history and case studies to support her passionate explanations. It’s not hard to read – there’s nothing preachy about it – but there’s great sadness in the understanding it brings.
I wish these words had been a part of the world I grew up in. Instead, I was 28 years old before I realised the difference simply being born white had made to my life, education, opportunities and career.
This book is an empathy igniter. Read it and you may cry, as I did, but do read it and and talk about it. Talk to your friends about it. Talk to your parents about it. And above all, talk to your children about it.
Review by Andrea @ Great Escape Books