I stopped talking to white people about race because I don’t think giving up is a sign of weakness. Sometimes, it’s about self-preservation.
This book is such a brilliant read. There is so much to take in and there are so many different issues at play in Reni’s discussion.
I found the section covering class boundaries in the UK particularly interesting as the angle is completely different to what I’ve learned previously.
The book allows for empathy with the experience of Black people in the UK and the challenges race exerts on them through every element of society.
One of the most shocking extracts comes from Reni’s interview with Nick Griffiths. Just read it. It proves just how urgent this discussion is in the face of our current political climate. This is especially true when considering the shift towards right wing ideologies in Western states under Populist leaders in recent years.
The final chapter ‘Aftermath’ was written after the book was initially published. In the months after it’s release, Britain saw the failures of UK Governments to protect the most vulnerable amongst us – epitomised in the collapse of Grenfell Tower and the platform given to Far Right leaders such as Nigel Farage during the EU referendum.
Please read this book to discover more about Black History in the UK, White Privilege and why it must be understood and the importance of the voice of Black Women in the Feminist movement.
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