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So You Want to Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

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So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2018, 256 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2019, 272 pages

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So You Want to Talk About Race is a compassionate, accessible guide to navigating conversations on racism in the modern world.

For the majority of people, having a meaningful conversation about race is not easy. In So You Want to Talk About Race, author Ijeoma Oluo, who is Black, recalls her own reluctance to have such a conversation with her white mother even after having launched a career writing and lecturing on race and racism. "This is not because my mom means any harm or is in any way a worse offender than those who approach me after speaking engagements or readings (she's not)," Oluo clarifies, "[I]t's just—she's my mom and nobody likes to discuss race with their mom."

What sets Oluo's book apart from other antiracist texts currently experiencing a popularity surge in conjunction with mass protests against police violence is that it makes the daunting task of conversation its focal point. The author doesn't only provide her audience with a brief but far-reaching education on the history of racism...

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