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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
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THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION NARRATIVE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 FOYLES NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR BLACKWELL'S NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER...
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  • THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
    WINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION NARRATIVE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018
    FOYLES NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR

    BLACKWELL'S NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
    WINNER OF THE JHALAK PRIZE

    LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
    LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE
    SHORTLISTED FOR A BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARD


    'Essential' Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-Winner 2015
    'One of the most important books of 2017' Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant
    'A wake-up call to a country in denial' Observer

    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.

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  • Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, award-winning journalist. She has written for the New York Times, the Voice, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Stylist, Inside Housing, the Pool, Dazed and Confused, and the New Humanist. She is the winner of a Women of the World Bold Moves Award, an MHP 30 to Watch Award and was chosen as one of the Top 30 Young People in Digital Media by the Guardian in 2014. She has also been listed in Elle's 100 Inspirational Women list, and The Root's 30 Black Viral Voices Under 30. She contributed to The Good Immigrant. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race is her first book. It won the 2018 British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year, the 2018 Jhalak Prize, was chosen as Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Blackwell's Non-Fiction Book of the Year, was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Orwell Prize and shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Non-Fiction.

    renieddolodge.co.uk / @renireni

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 17, 2017
    With its provocative title, this debut book by London journalist Eddo-Lodge is a plainspoken, hard-hitting take on mainstream British society’s avoidance of race and the complexities and manifestations of racism. Eddo-Lodge describes Britain’s history of slavery, segregation, and discrimination toward black people, and she shows how this history both mirrors and diverges from the history of America’s treatment of African-Americans. Slavery existed as a British institution for 271 years, but most of the plantations that British citizens operated were in the Caribbean, and as a result “most British people saw the money without the blood.” Once in Britain, black people encountered “No blacks, no dogs, no Irish” signs in the windows of many establishments. Eddo-Lodge’s crisp prose and impassioned voice implore white Britain to look beyond obvious racism to acknowledge the more opaque existence of structural racism. She describes this deep-seated prejudice as “thousands of people with the same biases joining together to make up one organization, and acting according.” She points to the “impenetrable white workplace culture” as an example of the collective effects of bias, and shows how black people face these sorts of disadvantages of every stage in life. Her analysis takes on contemporary issues, understanding Brexit through a lens of white fear of multiculturalism and chastising the kind of feminism that refuses to see the how gender and race intertwine. With this thoughtful and direct book, Eddo-Lodge stokes the very conversation that the title rejects.

  • Library Journal

    December 1, 2017

    Eddo-Loge's powerful debut is based on a 2014 blog post of the same title about the frustrations of talking about race and racism. The post went viral and sparked deeper conversations further detailed in this book. Using research, personal experience, and firsthand interviews, the author details what it means to be black in Britain, especially in a theoretical postracial society. She clearly outlines the history of oppression in her country by examining systemic racism, white privilege, feminism, immigration, race and class, social justice, and more. Of note is the review of intersectionality in feminism and the difficulties of understanding feminism without considering class and race as part of the struggle. This informative work challenges readers to study the patterns of racism and how it has unwittingly upheld societies. Although frustrated with having frequent discussions about race, Eddo-Loge comes to terms with the necessity of continuing the conversation and the implications of remaining silent. VERDICT A provocative read for anyone interested in race, politics, social history, and the lives of people of color; a must-read that expertly reflects the challenges of addressing structural racism.--Tiffeni Fontno, Boston Coll.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Marlon James, author of Man Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where we'll no longer need such a book. Essential
  • Times Literary Supplement An incisive and uncompromising commentator on the iniquities of oppression ... Comprehensive and journalistic, the book leaves a devastating trail of case histories, statistical and anecdotal evidence, personal stories and opinion about the manifestation of overt and covert racism ... Eddo-Lodge is a gifted writer, with a talent for bringing together debates around race, gender and class in a timely and accessible way
  • Ann Morgan, author of A Year of Reading the World Laying bare the mechanisms by which we internalise the assumptions, false narratives and skewed perceptions that perpetuate racism, Eddo-Lodge enables readers of every ethnicity to look at life with clearer eyes. A powerful, compelling and urgent read
  • Emerald Street A strong assessment of our current conversations and the beginnings of a new framework for grappling with racism
  • Arifa Akbar, Financial Times Eddo-Lodge is digesting history for those white readers who have had their ears and eyes shut to the violence in Britain's past ... An important shift that undermines the idea that racism is the BAME community's burden to carry. The liberation that this book offers is in the reversal of responsibilities
  • Sunday Herald Thought-provoking (and deeply uncomfortable) ... What Eddo-Lodge does is to force her readers to confront their own complicity ... Her books is a call to action ... What makes the book radical is the way it shifts the burden of ending racism on to white people
  • Harper's Bazaar Searing ... A fresh perspective, offering an Anglocentric alternative to the recent status-quo-challenging successes of Get Out and Dear White People. This book's probing analysis and sharp wit certainly make us pray she will continue talking to white people about race
  • Refinery 29 'Reni Eddo-Lodge is that rarest of delights – a young, working –class black woman from Tottenham with a voice in public life ... This book is a real eye-opener when it comes to Britain's hidden history of discrimination ... A book like this matters now

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