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' that led to this book.
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.
I heard only great things but wasn’t really sure what to expect as I had never read a book like this before, but it totally lived up to its hype.
Eddo-Lodge finds the perfect balance of fact and storytelling in order to bring us on an incredible journey of self reflection and self realisation. It didn't feel like you were having facts and stats thrown at you constantly, which I find can sometimes be a danger with these factual books.
Eddo-Lodge opens your eyes to so many things that we, white people, wouldn’t even think about on a daily basis. One thing that stuck with me most was the concept of colour blindness and now any book I am reading that touches on racism is in a new light. The idea of colour blindness and thus nearly rejecting that racism exists is rife in everything we do and we don't even realise.
I highly recommend everyone reads this book. It’s extremely eye opening and will make you see the world in a whole new light.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
"After a lifetime of embodying difference, I have no desire to be equal."
NA - doesn't really apply for this kind of book.
NA - I feel like this is the type of book that can't be rated