Top critical review
Writing a book about it hardly counts as 'not talking'.
13 January 2018
This book reads as an incredibly whiny, regressive, neurotic, manifesto. It begins with the writer's 'pain' at glimpsing a dock built on an area where slave ships plied their trade 200+ years ago. Continues with vague and nebulous accounts (guesses) on what the author assumes (but presents as fact) must motivate the white people the author has interacted with (spoiler, it's racism). An example is a white Uni friend that dropped out of a slave trade elective the author took. This is assumed by the author to be an 'indifference to the facts', 'disinterest' and 'opting out'. People drop out of Uni electives for any number of reasons. Assuming racism and then choosing to take it personally is not the brightest way to respond to this. I'd like to state, for the record, that I am a person of colour (South Asian), an immigrant, and that in my experience racism in modern society is incredibly rare and, very much in the eye of the beholder. Yes, racism exists but this book blows it out of all proportion and swings from virtue signalling to libel. Avoid it.