So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race

By Ijeoma Oluo

  • Release Date: 2019-09-24
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
From 428 Ratings

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In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America

Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy -- from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans -- has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair -- and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

"Oluo gives us -- both white people and people of color -- that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases." -- National Book Review

"Generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt . . . it's for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action." -- Salon (Required Reading)


  • Must read

    By a kindergardener
    I think this is beautiful Do not listen to Luna Birdsong she leaves bad reviews over EVERY SINGLE BOOK I LOOK AT HERE. She is talking crap over an awesome book
  • Expertly written

    By ActiveEqualization
    She has such a clear and concise manner that makes her work so easy to enjoy and to explain to others! I appreciate how skillfully she used her personal anecdotes to illustrate larger trends and how graceful she was about “sharing the spotlight” by honoring people who helped her on her own Anti-Racist journey. She’s an excellent wordsmith and I cannot recommend her enough!
  • Racism should end — not like this

    By atom-ドラゴン
    Racism should end just as much as the “antidote” this book offers. Judging black people by the amount of melanin in their skin is just as bad as judging white people by that factor. I’m multiracial — black, white, and Native American — and I think all multiracial people are evidence that skin color itself has no objective moral aspect.
  • To quote spongebob

    By Duck lover 27
    Am I a pretty white supremacist? Because I’m white people also watch that episode
  • Talk about race.

    By -Frank-
    No one really wants to talk about race. As soon as you bring facts and stats to it you get called a racist.
  • It was ok

    By VirgoVenus
    It had some points.
  • Cool Heads Prevail

    By Ahjgd
    Actually read it(till the end), because it’s probably not what you assumed it would be during the first few chapters.
  • Making money from the biggest lie of the century.

    By IanMack5000
    Systemic racism does not exist. I am not planning to read this book.
  • you got my attention, but

    By LauraHz
    Page one was a turn off! What about a self identity crisis is based on racism? While I am not a black woman I did experience all of the issues the writer faced. Clothes that didn’t fit my body, not being considered magazine beautiful, being too loud and opinionated. Not getting those jobs I wanted and others being hired. Why are these problems your race? Everyone has them, not just POC, especially if you are from lower to middle class incomes. There are bars and neighborhoods in my area I wouldn’t feel comfortable in.. GET OVER YOURSELVES PEOPLE.
  • A must read!!

    By MarkEsea
    Are you interested in ending racism? Then this is a book to start with. Don’t get comfortable, you have work to do.