Flashmag Digizine Edition Issue 107 July 2020 - Page 147


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Reni Eddo Lodge

Why i'm no longer talking to White people about race

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In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race."

Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanized by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of color in Britain today.

“When white people flip through a magazine, surf the Internet or flip on TV, it never seems strange to them to see people who look like them in authority. The positive claims of whiteness are so widespread that the average white person does not even notice them.

To be white is to be human; being white is universal. I know this only too well, because I am not white. "

After the election of Barack Obama, some proclaimed the advent of a post-racial society. With a critical freedom , Reni Eddo-Lodge shows here how far we are. She analyzes the misdeeds of a persistent structural racism all the more devious that it advances masked. Because racism goes far beyond discrimination or personal insult. It permeates the historical narrative, the collective imagination, institutions and businesses.

Why do white people think they don't have a racial identity? Why is the simple idea of a black James Bond scandalous? How does a black girl come to believe that when she grows up, she will become white? Racism is not a question of moral value, but of the exercise of power. . Nurturing the legend of universal equality does nothing.

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