Book Review

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

“Colour-blindness is a childish, stunted analysis of racism. (…) Not seeing race does little to deconstruct racist structures or materially improve the conditions which people of colour are subject to daily. In order to dismantle unjust, racist structures, we must see race.”

Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, award-winning journalist. In 2014, she wrote the explosive blog post Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race and expanded it into a book in 2017.

Passionately, Eddo-Lodge tackles the Britain society that is structurally racist. She talks about the history of race and race discrimination and shows how unconscious biases seeps into all aspects of our life – education, work, health, housing, safety and justice. Even if you are free of racist prejudices as an individual, you can’t ignore how powerful structural racist discrimination is and (unconsciously) influences people’s behavior and thoughts.

“White privilege is an absence of the negative consequences of racism. An absence of structural discrimination, an absence of your race being viewed as a problem. (…) White privilege is the fact that if you’re white, your race will almost certainly positively impact your life’s trajectory in some way. And you probably won’t even notice it.”

Eddo-Lodge offers a framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter structural racism, while highlighting intersections with class and gender. This is a well-written, strong, convincing book. It’s an essential read for everyone, especially people who haven’t reflect on these topics before.

“When I write about white feminism, I’m not reducing white women to the colour of their skin. Whiteness is a political position (…) White women seem to take the phrase ‘white feminism’ very personally, but it is at once everything and nothing to do with them. It’s not about women, who are feminists, who are white. It’s about women espousing feminist politics as they buy into the politics of whiteness, which at its core are exclusionary, discriminatory and structurally racist. For those who identify as feminist, but have never questioned what it means to be white, it is likely the phrase white feminism applies.”

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