Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo Lodge
Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for July 2020
Winner of the British Book Awards Non Fiction Narrative Book of the Year 2018
Winner of the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour 2018
Longlisted for The Orwell Prize 2018
Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2017
I'm no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race. Not all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the legitimacy of structural racism and its symptoms... You can see their eyes shut down and harden. It's like treacle is poured into their ears, blocking up their ear canals. It's like they can no longer hear us.
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'.
Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings.
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.
Our favourite quote: 'To be white is to be human; to be white is universal. I only know this because I am not.'
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