So You Want To Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

A book review by Itara O’Connell

Ijeoma defines racism: a prejudice against someone based on race, when those prejudices are reinforced by systems of power. And, “Systematic racism is a machine that runs whether we pull the levers or not, and by just letting it be, we are responsible for what it produces. We have to actually dismantle the machine if we want to make change.” “We have to remember that racism was designed to support an economic and social system for those at the very top (specifically, while males).” These and other quotes help us in understanding that we are dealing with an entrenched economic and social system that needs to change if we are going to have a society in which everyone matters, not just a few white men at the top.

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