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So You Want to Talk About Race

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Bahni Turpin

7 Hours 42 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

January 2018

Audio Book Summary

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 crystallize 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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  • Jordan W.

    This should be required reading.

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  • Karin M.

    Every white person should read and learn from this book!

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  • Cindy B.

    one of the nest books ever. excellent writing and so eye opening. she explains everything so clearly!

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  • Anonymous

    great book

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  • Robert V.

    Good read but a bit preachy in places. Reader is a little too dramatic for such a serious and sensitive topic.

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  • Philip H.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to learn how and why one's actions could be deemed racist and to understand how white supremacy is endemic within all parts of our American society. Is reading this book enough? No. but it could be a good starting place.

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  • Anonymous

    This book had a few points that I had not considered. The main issue I have with this book is that it is written to tell you how minorities are the victims and they can do and say anything they want and they are not racist. If I say the exact word that they use however, then I am a horrible racist. This book also suggests that they also are not free to change their situation because of the white supremacy system. I find this a very limiting way of thinking that does not empower anyone. If you want to change the world focus on yourself and become a better person. If you want to root out hate and racism then don’t fight it with more hate and racism. I do my best to treat all with love and respect and I will continue to focus on that until the the day I die.

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  • Carrie K.

    It’s critical for everyone, especially those not BIPOC, to listen to the messages brought forth in this book. There are many books which raise awareness of white supremacy and racism, but Ijeoma Oluo takes us into her personal space and perspective and Bahni Turpin brings Ijeoma’s words further to our minds and hearts. A must read.

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  • Laura J.

    I'm recommending this book to everyone. It's a great starting place for talking about race... those sometimes difficult conversations that need to be had with friends and/or family.

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  • Ken P.

    don’t agree with much of what she says, but i enjoyed most of it. you are a racist if a minority says you are??? don’t know about that but i’m just a red neck southern boy so what do i know

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