Book review: Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

I borrowed Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race on BorrowBox and read it on my phone. I was keen to read the experience and opinions of someone of different ethnicity from myself. It is just over a month since I finished reading it.

Reni Eddo-Lodge has researched her subject well, providing much historical information, some of which was completely new to me. There were other events from the UK national news, which I had been aware of.

Following the EURO22 football final and the scandalous racial abuse of talented football players, which subsequently occurred on social media, this book seems particularly relevant.

In my life I have not had a lot of opportunity to mix with people of other races, although I try to get to know those I meet socially either in person or (more recently) in Zoom meetings. I certainly know more racially diverse people now than when I wrote an earlier blog post.

I am aware of people’s attitudes to people from different places even within the same country. There can be suspicion. Accents or local dialects may make it hard for people to have conversations. There is room on both sides for learning, but many (dare I say most?) people find it easier to mix with people who look and speak like themselves.

I recommend Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race to anyone, who cares about the state of our nation and/or of other nations where racial tension is an issue.

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