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Blunt Heartfelt Advice

In this indispensable guide, Nigerian-American New York Times best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo explores how – and why – to talk about race and racism.

Black Lives Matter protests in the United States have sparked national and worldwide discussion. Nigerian-American New York Times best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo – who also wrote Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America – explores race and racism in the United States and discusses how to address these subjects. Whether you’re new to racial consciousness or a seasoned activist seeking extra tools, Oluo’s indispensable guide provides personal insights and constructive arguments.

Her perceptive, timely work drew positive critical response to match its commercial success. Harper’s Bazaar, for example, named this one of the “10 Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018,” and wrote, “Read it, then recommend it to everyone you know.” Worthy companion volumes and ancillary readings on the subject of racism, white privilege and supporting equality include, How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.


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