So You Want to Talk About Race Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide
In So You Want to Talk About Race, editor-at-large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions listeners don't dare ask and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.
Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned and crystallize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor's seminal essay "The Meaning of a Word". A Harper's Bazaar pick of One of 10 Books to Read in 2018.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 41 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||16 January 2018|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
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5,428 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
5 in African American Demographic Studies
11 in Civil Rights & Liberties (Books)
12 in African American Studies
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Oluo's research is impeccable, I found the history of our police forces to be fascinating.
I love it when she teaches us simple things that I can remember, like terms like "black-on-black crime or brown-on-brown crime are 100% racist... Crime is a problem within communities. And communities with higher poverty, fewer jobs, and less infrastructure are going to have higher crime, regardless of race," or explaining affirmative action as meaning "if there are 10% black people in the area, the ultimate goal (not quota) would be around 10% black employees or students. The goal is simply equal opportunity for female applicants and applicants of color. Why would a representational number of people of color be so much less competitive than a representational number of white people?".
However when Oluo gives her own personal reasons why hair touching is a big deal for example, I felt there was some repetition and subjective hyperbole. And this might be a failing on my own part, but for some of the reasons Oluo so expertly defends the right of black people to know what's racist when white people talk I didn't feel comfortable with her talking about anti-Asian discrimination.