So You Want to Talk About Race

This book targets people of all races who want to engage in more informed conversations about race and racism in the United States. The writing is straightforward, sometimes biting, and very insightful. The author grew up in the Pacific Northwest attending schools where she was often the only Black person. For those interested in taking a next step in advocating for social justice, So You Want to Talk About Race is a powerful and informative resource.

272 pages. ©2019.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted September 18, 2020


Being that this book is one of the most relevant books written in this century it has been reviewed a lot. Every time a Black person is killed by a police officer this book flies off the shelf. The Author, Ijeoma Oluo, has commented on the experience of profiting and being able to continue her livelihood off money generated from so much pain. This is her first book, she will soon release her next book Mediocre. I have no doubt that this book will also bring important discussions and tools to the forefront of the movement we are in for the lives of BIPOC. To say this book is relevant is an understatement. It is a well laid out how-to-manual for dealing with race in the 21st Century. It is written from a place of love and experience. It is practical and easy to reference. The author is very clear right up front who this book is for. It is for people dedicated to anti-racism no matter where they fall in the spectrum of life. If you want to work towards better communication with your fellow humans in regards to the very real and lived experiences of people of color than this is the book for you. So You Want To Talk About Race is above all things a narrative of a life lived, the narrative frames and informs a straightforward practical guide to communicating about a difficult topic. This book will make you laugh and cry like all great narratives do but it will also leave you with tools. Real, solid, well laid out tools on how to deal with conversations around race with everyone from a coworker to a loved one. Oluo is matter of fact about when to engage and when to back away. Oluo never lets us think that putting down the fight is an option but she is very gracious with helping us live with our discomfort and providing tools for when we are ready for the next round. Her prose style and love for people make this book one of the most beautiful pieces of work written on race. Black people stay fighting for their lives and it is well past time the rest of us do our part to fight with them. To fight with compassion but also with effective tools that ensure solutions and forward momentum. Oluo has given a gift to those of us dedicated to anti-racism and the more people that read it, the more people that are given the tools, the better America and its people will be.


Review posted September 16, 2020


This belongs on every bookshelf that supports diversity and understanding inclusion.