- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus; 1 edition (1 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140887055X
- ISBN-13: 978-1408870556
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.9 x 21.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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One of the most important books of 2017 (Nikesh Shukla, editor of 'The Good Immigrant')
A book that's set to blow apart the understanding of race relations in this country (Stylist)
An incisive and uncompromising commentator on the iniquities of oppression ... Comprehensive and journalistic, the book leaves a devastating trail of case histories, statistical and anecdotal evidence, personal stories and opinion about the manifestation of overt and covert racism ... Eddo-Lodge is a gifted writer, with a talent for bringing together debates around race, gender and class in a timely and accessible way (Times Literary Supplement)
Daring, interrogatory, illuminating. A forensic dissection of race in the UK from one of the country's most critical young thinkers. Reni's penetrative voice is like a punch to the jugular. Read it, then tell everyone you know (Irenosen Okojie, author of 'Butterfly Fish')
I've never been so excited about a book. Thank God somebody finally wrote it . Blistering . Absolutely vital writing from one of the most exciting voices in British politics. A stunningly important debut . Fellow white people: It's our responsibility as to read this book . This book is essential reading for anyone even remotely interested in living in a fairer, kinder and more equal world (Paris Lees)
It's deep, it's important and I suggest taking a deep breath, delving in and I promise you will come up for air woke and better equipped to understand the underlying issues of race in our society (Sharmaine Lovegrove ELLE)
A riveting deep-dive into the history and communication of race in Britain. From white-washing to intersectional feminism, it is an eviscerating and hugely educational read . This book is destined to become cult (Red)
A wake-up call to a nation in denial about the structural and institutional racisms occurring in our homes, offices and communities (Observer)
Laying bare the mechanisms by which we internalise the assumptions, false narratives and skewed perceptions that perpetuate racism, Eddo-Lodge enables readers of every ethnicity to look at life with clearer eyes. A powerful, compelling and urgent read (Ann Morgan, author of A Year of Reading the World)
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This book was an uncomfortable read as I thought about how many black and/or brown people impacted my life. Like most people similar in circumstances to myself, I would say very few if any. I am guilty of many of the things Reni discusses - colour blindness, assuming I'm not racist when some things I say would be construed as such.
I look in horror at what is happening in today's world and try to imagine what could fix such chaos. Trump Brexit, the rise of nationalism. There's a deep seated issue that this book touches on that the world as a whole must address before w can move on. Fear and distrust generate and feed racist ideology and it's very easy to buy into this.
The answer to my question is likely yes. I must work harder. My plan is to think about what is discussed here and reread the book before moving on.
I was about 20 pages in when I went and bought a full copy. This is much needed reading, for everyone.
The book starts with the author's titular blog post. The preface explains how this is an act of self-preservation - white people are not aware and do not carry the weight of injustice, suffering and discrimination that Eddo-Lodge bears, and so come to these discussion from an unequal place. There cannot be open discussions of racism when white people are unaware of this history, and on the defensive that they do not know what pains have been suffered, and continue to be inflicted.
It only took a few pages into Chapter 1 for me to begin to feel overwhelmed and get a sense of this weight. The prominence of American Civil Rights (combined with Anglophilic devotion to a white idyll of Britannia) means the UK-based race riots, injustice, and activist movements have not got appropriate coverage.
I cannot comprehend what it would be like to live through segregation, colour bars, and race riots, to feel ostracised and demonised by my skin, and that's the whole point. This is beyond my comprehension because whiteness blinds us to the experiences of others. I can see why people of colour would not want to talk to me about this, because it's something so alien, so 'in the past', that I don't bring that same faith into it, that this is something that shapes our world. And this is only the Histories chapter I've been able to read so far! (This is not so distant, this is parents and grandparents.)
I found this sampler to be a very confronting look at just how cruel and racist Britain is, and it's something everyone needs to be aware of before entering into discussions on race relations. We can't know where we're going without knowing where we've come from. Because you don't know what happened doesn't mean it didn't.
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