Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods

Non-Fiction, Education, Politics, Philosophy & Social Sciences, Social Sciences & Sociology, Sociology
Paperback Published on: 12/11/2020
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In this powerful and timely personal essay, best-selling author Otegha Uwagba reflects on racism, whiteness, and the mental labour required of Black people to navigate the two. Presented as a record of Uwagba's observations on this era-defining moment in history - that is, George Floyd's brutal murder and the subsequent protests and scrutiny of institutional racism - Whites explores the colossal burden of whiteness, as told by someone who is in her own words, 'a reluctant expert'. What is it like to endure both racism and white efforts at anti-racism, sometimes from the very same people? How do Black people navigate the gap between what they know to be true, and the version of events that white society can bring itself to tolerate? What does true allyship actually look like - and is it even possible? Addressing complex interracial dynamics and longstanding tensions with characteristically unflinching honesty, Uwagba deftly interrogates the status quo, and in doing so provides an intimate and deeply compelling portrayal of an unavoidable facet of the Black experience.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008440428
  • Number of pages: 80
  • Weight: 70g
  • Dimensions: 180 x 111 x 7 mm

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Essential Reading
Whites, as a white person, makes for uncomfortable reading, which is exactly how it should be. Early on, the distinction over what whiteness actually means... READ MORE
Caroline at Leamington Spa
Important read
Brilliantly articulated and honest piece which I think is an important read for white people everywhere. Thank you for this.
Hannah Rose
Thought provoking essay
This is a really considerate and well-written essay. I read all in one sitting, it flows really well. It was thought provoking and confronting to read as a... READ MORE
Cathy Cullen
Blisteringly Honest
The length of this book should not make you underestimate the impact. This short essay makes for uncomfortably challenging and vital reading as it examines... READ MORE
Jenny Cooke
Short but vital
Thoughtful, powerful and intelligent essay, filled with anger and honesty. A call for meaningful anti-racism from liberal white privileged allies, rather t... READ MORE
Ben Hart
Short but Insightful
A very quick read but, for anyone doing their own anti-racist learning, very insightful. It raises a lot of interesting points and a lot of food for though... READ MORE
Hannah Goodall
Everyone should read it
A critical review of the events in 2020 , the behaviour of white people around the BLM movement and the importance of continuing being critical with the sy... READ MORE
Luna Carmona