So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race

By Ijeoma Oluo

  • Release Date: 2019-09-24
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
From 433 Ratings


In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America

Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy -- from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans -- has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair -- and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

"I am in awe of Ijeoma. She is the smartest, most courageous and electrifying young writer on race relations today -- the voice of our times." ―Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility
"Simply put: Ijeoma Oluo is a necessary voice and intellectual for these times, and any time, truth be told.Phoebe Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of You Can't Touch My Hair


  • Racism should end — not like this

    By atom-ドラゴン
    Racism should end just as much as the “antidote” this book offers. Judging black people by the amount of melanin in their skin is just as bad as judging white people by that factor. I’m multiracial — black, white, and Native American — and I think all multiracial people are evidence that skin color itself has no objective moral aspect.
  • To quote spongebob

    By Duck lover 27
    Am I a pretty white supremacist? Because I’m white people also watch that episode
  • Talk about race.

    By -Frank-
    No one really wants to talk about race. As soon as you bring facts and stats to it you get called a racist.
  • It was ok

    By VirgoVenus
    It had some points.
  • Cool Heads Prevail

    By Ahjgd
    Actually read it(till the end), because it’s probably not what you assumed it would be during the first few chapters.
  • Making money from the biggest lie of the century.

    By IanMack5000
    Systemic racism does not exist. I am not planning to read this book.
  • you got my attention, but

    By LauraHz
    Page one was a turn off! What about a self identity crisis is based on racism? While I am not a black woman I did experience all of the issues the writer faced. Clothes that didn’t fit my body, not being considered magazine beautiful, being too loud and opinionated. Not getting those jobs I wanted and others being hired. Why are these problems your race? Everyone has them, not just POC, especially if you are from lower to middle class incomes. There are bars and neighborhoods in my area I wouldn’t feel comfortable in.. GET OVER YOURSELVES PEOPLE.
  • A must read!!

    By MarkEsea
    Are you interested in ending racism? Then this is a book to start with. Don’t get comfortable, you have work to do.
  • Amazing fundamental and guideline

    By Mj444
    I have been blown away what I have learned of the constant systematic racism. I love how how Ijeoma provide guideline to move the needle. Thank
  • I found this to be a necessary read for all..

    By Redd1026
    I found this to be a excellent read.