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 271 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.

"Oluo gives us -- both white people and people of color -- that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases." -- National Book Review

"Generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt . . . it's for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action." -- Salon (Required Reading)


  • 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.
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    By Variver
  • Those who care, read

    By gjd3600
    If you are interested in race, talking about race, learning about current events, and seeing the world from a non-white perspective, read on. It might get uncomfortable sometimes, but that’s part of learning.
  • No thanks

    By Djtenders
    More racist nonsense hiding behind a glass door.
  • Incredibly informative

    By Anthony Eric Reese
    Absolutely incredible read on how to approach the conversation of race in America. Educational, informative, and empowering. I highly recommend.
  • Necessary

    By AKDo12
    To the person who wondered why “this garbage was in the personal finance and business section” in another review—I don’t want to work in your place of business. Business is about people. People have racial identities. We all need to become educated about racism and learn how to address it in the workplace, along with everywhere else in life. This book helps. And FYI—ignoring it and pretending it doesn’t exist just because it doesn’t happen to you doesn’t “address it”.