Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacyfrom police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americanshas 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 hairand 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 usboth white people and people of colorthat 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)
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction So you want to talk about race 1
1 Is it really about race? 8
2 What is racism? 23
3 What if i talk about race wrong? 37
4 Why am I always being told to "check my privilege"? 53
5 What is intersectionality and why do I need it? 70
6 Is police brutality really about race? 83
7 How can I talk about affirmative action? 99
8 What is the school-to-prison pipeline? 121
9 Why can't I say the "N" word? 134
10 What is cultural appropriation? 142
11 Why can't I touch your hair? 153
12 What are microaggressions? 162
13 Why are our students so angry? 179
14 What is the model minority myth? 189
15 But what if I hate Al Sharpton? 201
16 I Just got called racist, what do I do now? 212
17 Talking is great, but what else can I do? 225
A Discussion Guide 249