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I spent my whole night listening to this book and it was worth it. Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop. Ijeoma Oluo hit the nail right on the head! The only issue I had with this audiobook is that Bahni Turpin did not pronounce the Igbo words correctly, but everything else is terrific. I cried while I listened because I could relate to a lot of what she said as a person of color in America, but it is not just for people of color. I definitely need to buy the hardcover copy of this book and it needs to be signed by Ijeoma. This is a very wonderful book. It is informative, interesting, well-researched, honest, powerful, engaging, thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating, and thorough. I can’t help but go and on with praises for So You Want to Talk About Race. It is truly great and should be heard/read repeatedly by everyone. I hope she writes more books. Thank you Ijeoma!
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This book is important and it is important that you get to the end . If only I had her way with words, I might be able to say how brilliant and inspiring this is. The type of book i want to cuddle up to at that so I can wake with hope.
There has been a spate of incredible literature from African American writers, and this book in particular, stands out because of its instructional, informative guide on tackling racism as a topic.
From discussing how to approach the subject with others, to giving direct instructions for those who are willing to learn to change, there are few books out there that are as useful as Ijeoma Oluo's step by step process.
Most of all, the introduction of intersectionality, micro-aggressions and the myth of the model migrant is absolutely vital. It is one of the only books on racism I've seen in mainstream literature, that tackles issues faced by other races such as the East Asian and South Asian communities, bringing together a more diverse portrayal rather than just black, white and Hispanic.
Her own personal views are wonderful - the chapter on her 8-year-old son's choice to not pledge allegiance is utterly heartfelt, and yet she handles the situation very well. An absolute essential read.