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A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners 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 listeners 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, Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor's seminal essay "The Meaning of a Word". A Harper's Bazaar pick of One of 10 Books to Read in 2018. 

©2018 Ijeoma Oluo (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Narrator Bahni Turpin's impassioned voice clearly conveys the gravity of this book on race and racism.... Key points are repeated to help listeners absorb ideas and definitions, and Turpin engagingly reads real-life examples Oluo uses to illustrate complex concepts such as intersectionality and white privilege." (AudioFile)  

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Important Read!

This book is very informative and everything is said possibly and direct with due urgency.

it's a must read!

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  • JR
  • 2018-05-23

A must listen

This book gives every reader a perspective they can connect to and learn from: a story, facts and data, tips and calls to action.

I loved it and learned from it and hope there is a second volume.

Reader was great!

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Interesting listen

Now I understand where all these words and ideas circulating have come from. So much good information. I really appreciated her personal stories. It makes a lot of sense why she is so angry and has adopted this framework for seeing the world. The critical theory she invokes to create this universe of self perpetuating white supremacy and oppression, for me simplifies people to an unconscionable degree. So many essentialist notions of skin pigment as original sin or evidence of victimhood. The psychological state created by believing everything in this book seems very unhealthy. She states at the beginning of the book as one of her key points is that "if you believe it is racism then it is" This goes against every principle of modern psychotherapy. Thoughts should be interrogated and weighed against evidence to judge their validity and utility. It struck me as an almost religious text with very little room for interpretation. Her views are all encompassing and uses a kind of circular reasoning which always leads back to the infallible pronouncement of the white supremacist ether that spawned the west. Glad I listened to it but what a terrible way to perceive your fellow human beings. Skin colour rules the day. Sad. She does give a little wink to her audience near the end where she says maybe she is wrong and if so we will figure it out when the time comes but for now to move the bar we need to take this stance. This is what activists do to get things done Ive been told. Still a terrible resentful bitter way to see the world.

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Blew my socks off

I’m left feeling more empowered and confident as to how to support social justice and racism.
Thank you Ljeoma for making this book so easy to absorb and educational. Bahni’s voice was great for this! The energy of her voice really went into the scenarios and I kept thinking it was Ljeoma talking because Bahni sounded so authentic in this book, great job Bahni, thank you

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EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK

This book is exactly what I needed in this moment. It’s such a clear and concise explanation of so many issues and questions surrounding racism and white supremacy. Not just for white people, not just for Black people/POC. Absolutely everyone can learn from this book. And as a bonus, the narrator’s performance was perfect.

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A must read

Ijeoma Oluo’s passionate book should be a mandatory read in anti racism work. I will be recommending it to anyone who will listen!

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loved it

it's a great book for any white person trying to understand the reality of a black person in America

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Outstanding

Outstanding. I do not want to look better, I want to be a better person. Thank you for sharing your truth ❤

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Everyone should read!

Well written, well read! Everyone should read this and use it as a tool for tough conversations about race. No matter how progressive you feel you are, there is always more to learn and ways to actively be better. If you genuinely want to be and do better for others, this is a good place to start.

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Educational and entertaining

I learned a lot and I highly recommend.
Told in an entertaining way, it helped give perspective and actual action items that are beneficial in the everyday world.
Everyone should read this...especially if you are white and need help understanding the issues people of colour are facing.

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  • V. Taras
  • 2018-10-06

An Important Must-Read, but Worse than Expected

I have mixed feelings about the book.
On the one hand, I believe it is a must-read for anyone in the U.S., and a highly recommended read for anyone outside the U.S.
At the very least, it will give you a good perspective into the racial tensions in the U.S. and a good understanding of how it is seen by the activists of the African American community. Many eye-opening examples and explanations.
On the other hand, the book is not particularly engaging. Justifiably, it is filled with rants and complaints. However, I felt the case could have been made more strongly with more statistics and references to more studies. The book felt like a rally speech, and less like a piece of scholarly work.
Still, highly recommend. It was a good use of my time.

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  • alibamba
  • 2019-01-29

A Reminder to Read Books that Make You Uncomfortable

Yes, conversations about race are awkward to hard and even hurtful and I’m not thrilled to be categorized as a white supremacist simply because I am white but even with all that discomfort, confusion, eyebrow raises, and slack jawed moments I experienced while listening I have to say my world feels bigger after reading this. My perspective is changed. I didn’t understand or even recognize my own racism or white privilege. I have not had to confront racism and I have not seen the part in it that I have played or know what action I could take to change. I am asking questions of myself and assumptions I’ve made about a range of other issues because if I didn’t see this, what else am I not seeing? I feel very blessed to have come across Oluo’s book and will continue to follow her work. I also feel compelled to share that the narration is top notch.

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  • L. Keepers
  • 2020-08-15

Microagression To Whites

I read this book with my black friends at a book club hoping to be part of the solution and learn about my own hidden biases. For every good point there were several "microagression" against ME. Even my POC friends were embarrassed that I had to be insulted in front of them. And they were insulted that she assumes all black people have the same political views. They didnt.
We have agreed to put into practice those few good suggestions in the book and forget the rest of it.
My black friends apologized to ME instead of the other way aroumd.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-03

Entertaining and wise.

I was hesitant to this book because I am a biracial black woman in America and I wasn't sure this book was written for me or that I would have much to gain from it. Being mixed race often leaves you in the world of the 'other'. Often books on race are written to educate white people or vindicate poc. But this does that, but it expands into so much more than that. Everyone can be educated and maybe even find vindication in this guide to constructive conversation.

It was also nice that it felt as if Bahni Turpin really identified with and embodied the work. Thanks for the great read.

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  • Susanna Heath
  • 2020-04-29

Critical and a must read

At the risk of being just another white woman talking about how a book on race makes her feel...this book made me feel a lot. I consider myself a feminist and over the last year have learned much about intersectionality, and how I cannot fight for the rights of women without also including other marginalized people. But I do not have many people of color in my life. My social media feed is made up of mostly white liberal women. I didn’t feel comfortable talking about race, suspecting I was probably a little racist myself. I found this book on a list of must-read books on race. The chapter headings immediately hooked me. These were the questions I wanted to ask, and didn’t know how.

Ijeoma presents the information calmly and with some humor but also with the underlying steel and passion that evokes a real emotional response to many tragic topics. She answers questions and brings up additional information I had never previously considered. I believe everyone should read this book and begin to take action in their communities.

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  • UURev
  • 2019-12-19

Must read for white folks

I have done a lot of work on my privilege and racial bias (and I still have a LONG way to go) and books like this are so helpful, great reminders and calls to action, I will be rereading it again soon and asking all of my church staff to read it as well!

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  • Meatball
  • 2020-09-11

More of the same

Typical race baiting garbage expected of the left. The author of this book is one of those “politically correct racists” because they attack white people, while unsurprisingly negating any self-responsibility of any other party.

Save yourself a brainwashing. The goal of this book is to encourage you to grovel at the feet of people who hate you. Want to do something more productive with your time? Look at objective data and statistics, because all of the answers are there. Start with things dealing with abortion rates, out-of-wedlock birth rates, crime and IQ.

Or, you know, just watch an episode of Cops. Or go outside in a city.

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  • AmazonCustomer
  • 2018-02-05

Excellent book, excellently narrated.

Ijeoma Oluo has a gift for delivering hard medicine with humor and sensitivity. If you are a white person who wants to do better, this is a perfect primer on how (and when) to have conversations about race without doing more harm than good.

And Bahni Turpin is an impeccable narrator. She reads with a clarity and conviction that makes the content feel completely fresh, like a conversation, rather than a reading. A perfect fit with Ijeoma Oluo's writing style, too.

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  • Katoli
  • 2020-09-20

Way to Preachy

This is exactly the kind of point of view that will complete loose people who have good intentions and want to learn.
Waaaaaay to preach. Couldn't finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-01

a white blue caller man trying to understand BLM

a tough read, certainly felt my blood pressure rising at times,. but I'm not sure what the point of this book was, a little math I'm a union electrician, I think it's fair to say I'm very average., I make 34.99 a hour so my black brothers and sisters make 3.50 to maybe 7 bucks a hour? and The inherint violence and blatent sexuality in rap is exclusively due to second rate White rappers just there to make a buck? and it's wrong to dress up for Halloween because of cultural appropriation but if you dress up like a European your a racist? because kids don't dress up like something they love and want to know more about but let's make it an adult holiday so we can argue about that too. and angry students? you have never listened to white male music have you? (I don't much either it's to angry) between the words privilege and systematic racism you have very neatly decided excatly what all white people are and the only reason white people are successful is because in every situation there's a winner and a looser and since we've made black people the looser we get to be the winner. it's strange, if I want to talk about race I'm supposed to get to know the other culture and as a white man your lack of any understanding on any level of the white paradyme is profound, to use your words, your cultural appropriation is profound and on a last note that you would suppose our epically under funded, under staffed and over sized classroom sized schools don't talk about slavery and the civil rights movement and black suffrage I'm not sure we're you've been, not at school

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