So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo | Nonfiction book review

“Our humanity is worth a little discomfort, it’s actually worth a lot of discomfort.”

I come to this book as a white woman from the poor South (🙋🏻‍♀️ Hi nice to me you) So it should come as no surprise that I’ve found myself struggle-busing my way through a lot of difficult conversations with various friends/family members —both “well meaning” and those definitely not.

So when Ijeoma Oluo opens this book with an argument that I’ve had at least a dozen times, I ~knew~ this was a book I needed and will shove into even more hands. She tackles everything from the “but what about poor white people/can’t we just solve poverty first?” in those first pages and goes on to intersectionality, privilege, microaggressions, the model minority, being called racist and so much more.

Oluo tackles everything in ways that are so personal to her. You hear her exasperation dealing with her white mother; her care in raising her son; her frustration when she struggles to be heard as a black woman writer. And at the same time explains things in a way so useful to a wider audience, in a memoir-guidebook mashup. She delivers her arguments passionately with a straightforward humor as if she was a friend grabbing your hand and saying “Yea, this if f*cked up but you can do this.”

These are conversations we should all be having, as we examine our privilege and blindspots and work on anti-racism efforts. And whether you start with the basics with this book, or pick up one like it (White Fragility, How To Be An Antiracist, My Time Among the Whites among others (I’ll be picking more of these up myself soon)), it’s worth sitting in our discomfort to try to make the world better one conversation at a time.

Quotes from “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris

Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin as Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's "True Blood." Photo credit: www.fanpop.com
Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin as Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s “True Blood.” Photo credit: http://www.fanpop.com

I have some quotes for you. I know so many people, like my mother and I, are getting psyched up for the new season of HBO’s “True Blood.” In honor of next weekend’s premiere, I have quotes and will review the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris. Continue reading “Quotes from “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris”

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

I’d like to take this time to wish Dr. Seuss a “happy birthday.” Even from the grave he leaves his mark on everyone who reads his books. Thanks for bringing us Whoville, thneeds and cats in hats. Oh, most importantly, thanks for bringing us green eggs and ham as the perfect food to eat on St. Patrick’s Day!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” – Dr. Seuss

Fun fact about Dr. Seuss: Have you ever wondered why “Green Eggs and Ham” is so repetitive? You could have simply passed it off as Seuss being Seuss, but it was actually the result of a dare/bet between him and his publisher. After the “Cat in the Hat” had only about 200 different words in it, he bet Seuss that he couldn’t write a book with fewer words. So, he wrote the whole thing with only 50 different words.