So You Want to Talk About Race review

So You Want to Talk About RaceSo You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am racist.

That’s a hard sentence to write! But even though I try not to be, I undoubtedly have racist attitudes (consciously or subconsciously) because I live in a culture of white supremacy.

This was a hard book to read. No one (well, almost no one) wants to be called “racist”, so much so that people seem to think calling someone racist is worse than acts of racism! But burying your head in the sand and shutting down whenever race is discussed is not going to lead to any progress, and you’re just going to keep harming people even if it’s not intentional.

The book is nicely laid out – each chapter is about a different topic (privilege, police brutality, affirmative action, cultural appropriation, microaggressions, etc.) and I definitely learned about each of these. It’s well worth reading, and I plan to come back to it in a few months and read it again.

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