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Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America

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Ijeoma Oluo

10 Hours 1 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

December 2020

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, a subversive history of white male American identity.

What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power? What happens when success is defined by status over women and people of color, instead of by actual accomplishments?

Through the last 150 years of American history -- from the post-reconstruction South and the mythic stories of cowboys in the West, to the present-day controversy over NFL protests and the backlash against the rise of women in politics -- Ijeoma Oluo exposes the devastating consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves. Mediocre investigates the real costs of this phenomenon in order to imagine a new white male identity, one free from racism and sexism.

As provocative as it is essential, this book will upend everything you thought you knew about American identity and offers a bold new vision of American greatness.

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  • Danielle G.

    This was an outstanding book, clear and actually positive in the end. The myth of our meritocracy is deep and abiding and it becomes clear when examining the history that these myths that support white male dominance do neither white males or the rest of us any good. It becomes clear when going through the history that we in the US have been going through a series of backlashes against people of color and women for as long (and longer) than 'home of the free and the brave'. It is past time that we roll up our sleeves and give up our myths in order to embrace what is possible .. Ijeoma Oluo's book is a good beginning on the journey. Our emotional attachment to our myths is shooting us in the foot over and over again. We have come to the time that our unwillingness to examine that we have had 'affirmative action' for white men for our entire history. The ramifications of this become clear in this book. While not easy to process the information it is presented clearly and without holding back .. we desperately need this kind of honesty and I appreciate Ijeoma Oluo's willingness to take on the task. I will be buying the book in print.

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  • Anonymous

    Overall this is a well written and recorded book.

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