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So You Want to Talk About Race

Autor: Ijeoma Oluo
Sprecher: Bahni Turpin
Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 41 Min.
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A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide 

In So You Want to Talk About Race, editor-at-large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions listeners don't dare ask and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans. 

Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned and crystallize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor's seminal essay "The Meaning of a Word". A Harper's Bazaar pick of One of 10 Books to Read in 2018. 

©2018 Ijeoma Oluo (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Narrator Bahni Turpin's impassioned voice clearly conveys the gravity of this book on race and racism.... Key points are repeated to help listeners absorb ideas and definitions, and Turpin engagingly reads real-life examples Oluo uses to illustrate complex concepts such as intersectionality and white privilege." (AudioFile)  

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Illuminating & Necessary

As a white male reading this in 2020, it was crucial to expose myself to perspectives I don’t hear often enough. While uncomfortable and difficult to process at times, I think this excellent book is a necessary read for anyone wanting to be part of the solution for racial justice. Well-written, practical and unfortunately just as relevant and topical today as it was when it came out in 2018. Highly recommended.

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Great book

If you are just starting the process of becoming an anti racist, this book is a good start. It offers a lot of useful tips as well.

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Very helpful

First of all I want to say that I really enjoyed the voice actor. They did a great job.

The book covers a lot of the basic questions and topics about race. It explains them and it even often offers advice and tips and gives insight into the life of a black person and shares their experiences. As someone who is white that was really helpful and even though I thought I was well informed about rasicm and race, I still learned new things.
I really enjoyed the advice of how to approach certain conversations and topics and how to have these conversations.

Also as someone who is not from the US, I learned a lot about rasicm in Amerika. Some of the problems that were mentioned are also 1 to 1 existing in my country, others not so much. But in general I gained a better understanding of rasicm in general and in the US.

Yes, in this book you will probably hear some unpleasant statements and yes you will probably be sometimes very emotional and maybe defeated but you will also learn so, so much.

Also, yes, not all topics are covered extremely thorough. Each chapter of the audiobook centers around a certain question like "What are microaggression? " or "Why can't I touch your hair?" and so on. These topics will be given a certain amount of time and the questions will be answered, explained and discussed. It gives you a general overview. If you want more in depth information to some topics that you found interesting in this book, you just have to seek out more information and google stuff.

Who would I recommend this book towards? Every English understanding person to be honest.
If you already know a lot about race, this book is a good way to refresh your memorys on certain topics or to have a source that answers the basic questions and offers advice.
If you are someone who wants to start to learn more about race, this is a great place to start because it gives you a general overview, answers the basic questions and offers advice.
So I think everyone will get something out of it. (Please keep in mind that I can't tell how helpful this book is for a black person or a person of color. I can just say that this book is directed to a broad audience of all races and that it gives encouragement.)

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Going in the wrong direction

For somebody who writes about racism professionally, the author is suprisingly bad at describing the whole picture. An example: The dropout quote for black students is extraordinarily high. According to the book, there are TWO explanations for this: EITHER black people are evil and aggressive by nature OR american schools discriminate black students. You can not simplify it that drastically. Even if all people had the same color by tomorrow, families from poor neighborhoods would struggle to succeed in the school system. A similar point is made a few chapters earlier but is forgotton all of a sudden. Similar problems occur when Twitter is discussed without mentioning social media bubbles. At one point assuming a racist intention of a cop seems to be justified whenever a black person feels discriminized, without any particular reason regarding the police officer.
I understand how a book about racism can be, maybe should be, about subjective experiences the author has made. However, there are too many situations in which people are considered racist without giving any reasons. I do not want to defend these people but critisize this book for not going all the way with an argument most of the time, leaving the reader not only with anger about racism but also with anger about a too simplistic approach to the topic.