Nonfiction Worth Reading: So You Want to Talk About Race, by Iljeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Now more than ever, it’s imperative for those of us who are not black or brown to listen with an open mind to what those who are black or brown have to say about their daily experiences. First we need to understand what “white privilege” really means. It’s not about money. It’s about the sorts of barriers that being white protects you from having to face, for the most part on a daily basis. And it’s vitally important that whites have a clear picture of what comprises those barriers and who is responsible for making them so strong and impregnable. Ijeoma Oluo writes with force and clarity. She doesn’t mince words, laying the blame at the feet of the rich, white, male capitalists who, from the birth of this country, have made certain that only the select members of their coterie can share in the profits and power that they have enjoyed at the great expense of everyone else. There is a strict pecking order, in which people of color have been entirely disenfranchised , with women and those of certain ethnic groups following close behind. Our entire middle class is now in jeopardy, having grown expendable since factory jobs have dried up. I have become increasingly aware of this fact over the last couple of decades. Reading Ms Oluo’s detailed, elegant account of the threats, struggles and insults that so many Americans of color must grapple with every day has been even more eye opening.

Please read this book, or one like it. As Mark Twain said, “The truth hurts, but silence kills”.

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