Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race' is the title of a blog entry, written by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge.

In it, she raises 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 later wrote a book on the subject.

Reni Eddo-Lodge says she had tried on numerous occasion with various people to discuss race progressively but was told she was being divisive and that the best way of dealing with racism was to not speak out it.

I later got fatigued because its no fun being told you're the problem when you're trying to point out a big problem.

Reni Eddo-Lodge, award-winning journalist

I tried to engage people in good faith and it was a disaster.

Reni Eddo-Lodge, award-winning journalist

Eddo-Lodge goes on to say that she met a white South African woman at a talk, who agreed with her but suggested making reference to the term white privilege is destructive and makes white feel defensive.

Eddo-Lodge explains that her response was that she is yet to find a way of discussing racism with white people in a way that makes them feel comfortable.

Denial is deeply frustrating adds Eddo-Lodge. She goes on to say being made to feel uncomfortable should be the least of anyone's problem.

I'm not of the opinion that white people can't have a critical ant-racist perspective.

Reni Eddo-Lodge, award-winning journalist

I think the solution is a collective one says Eddo-Lodge.

Listen to the audio clip for more:


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