“This promise - that you will get more because they exist to get less - is woven throughout our entire society. Our politics, our education system, our infrastructure - anywhere there is a finite amount of power, influence, visibility, wealth, or opportunity. Anywhere in which someone might miss out. There the lure of that promise sustains racism.
White Supremacy is this nation's oldest pyramid scheme. Even those who have lost everything to the scheme are still hanging in there, waiting for their turn to cash out.” •
I have been following @ijeomaoluo for long enough to have known that this book was going to be really good. It was more than that, it was phenomenal! •
I’ve been so fortunate recently, to be having such an awesome run of books. This is the first audiobook I’ve heard that was actually great to listen to as well. It’s narrated by Bahni Turpin, beautifully. I tried an audiobook previously and the narrator sounded sedated and just as bored as I was listening to him. But Bahni read the book with conviction and perfection. I will however still be looking to purchase this book because it is so full of practical guidance, wise insights and crucial information that I really need to go back and highlight and bookmark in a way that the audio doesn’t allow for. •
Whether you are a POC who feels something is amiss and you want to better understand how the world around you operates, or you are a POC already clued up on Race theory and involved in Social Justice Movements, or you’re a white person or a NBPOC wanting to be a good ally, or you’re or you’re just anybody looking for any good non-fiction-THIS IS YOUR BOOK! •
The chapters are set out as answers to the Title presented as a question. She answers questions like “What if I talk about race wrong?”, “Why am I always told to check my privilege?”, “what is cultural appropriation?”, “what are microagressions?” And more, covering a total of 17. Its an excellent resource to have, and while it is of course American-centric, there is so much to gain from it and innumerable transferable strategies and practical advice she delivers with patience, wit, and clarity. •