Jul 31, 2020
This week, we review the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.
It is one of the best books we've read so far.
Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller. She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets.
In this So You Want to Talk About Race book review, we primarily cover Ijeoma Oluo's suggested tips of how to have conversations about race, but this book covers everything from police brutality to the school-to-prison-pipeline to cultural appropriation to the model minority myth, and so much more. It is a must-read for anyone hoping to strengthen their knowledge of how to be anti-racist and how to be a better ally.
If you'd like to purchase the book and learn more about Ijeoma Oluo, you can do so at her website here.
If you'd like to listen to the podcasts Lisa and Misty mention to better understand how race was invented and constructed, please check out 1619 and Scene On Radio's Seeing White.
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May your anti-racist work be ABUNDANT,
Lisa & Misty