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

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge

An exploration of race and racism in Britain.

The mess we are living in is a deliberate one. If it was created by people, it can be dismantled by people, and it can be rebuilt in a way that serves all, rather than a selfish, hoarding few.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race was written by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge after her blog by the same title went viral. In this book, Eddo-Lodge further explores the contemporary issues of racial inequality in Britain. She delves into the historical foundations of racism, illuminating those parts of British history which have significantly shaped how we view race today. Eddo-Lodge goes on to investigate the systemic racism present in modern society and the impact of white privilege. She also discusses, what she terms ‘Fear of A Black Planet’, a concern, held by some, that there will be a shift in the current power dynamic between races. Eddo-Lodge reveals the problematic prevalence of whitewashed feminism. She concludes Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by scrutinising the connection between race and class and discussing her opinions on our individual responsibly to work towards a better future.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race has received an astounding response. Reni Eddo-Lodge calls on modern society to educate itself and address the racial inequality at the very core of British society.

How much did you know about the history of race and racism in Britain before reading Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race?

How does this compare to your previous knowledge regarding the history of race and racism in America?

What statistic did you find most shocking from the chapter ‘The System’ and why?

What is the difference between racism and prejudice?

What do you think of positive discrimination?

How has your ethnicity affected your life?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were part of a minority group?

What issues do you think black women might be faced with that white women are not?

Think about recent media you have engaged with. How has race been portrayed? Are there any common themes?

What are some ways we could fight racism?


Following the presidential election of Barack Obama, Reni Eddo-Lodge noted many proclamations that we now lived in a ‘post-racial society’. She argues that this mindset is ultimately detrimental to discussions regarding the realities of contemporary racism as it incorrectly implies that racism is a thing of the past.

Reni Eddo-Lodge explains that there is no easy or neat resolution to racism. It will be a long and difficult process which must be spearheaded by those ‘at the sharp end of injustice’. Eddo-Lodge suggests that white support could come in the form of assistance for anti-racist groups and also by having those uncomfortable conversations with other white people. Eddo-Lodge writes that it is all of our responsibility to change our workplaces and social circles, to make a difference in any way we can, bit by bit.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race was longlisted for The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2017.

Before writing this book, Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote a blog post in 2014 also titled Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

Eddo-Lodge is the winner of an MHP 30 to Watch Award and was selected as one of the Top 30 Young People in Digital Media by the Guardian in 2014.

Eddo-Lodge was included in Elle’s 100 Inspirational Women list.

Eddo-Lodge was listed in The Root’s 30 Black Viral Voices Under 30.

Eddo-Lodge has written for the New York Times, the Voice, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Independent, Stylist, Inside Housing, and the Pool, Dazed and Confused, and the New Humanist.

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