Given the abysmal voting practice of white women in the midterm election, it was clear to me that I needed to brush up on my talking points around race. There is obviously so much work to be done. I was frankly floored that white women voted for conservative white men at rates higher than in the 2016 Presidential election. Shocking considering the garbage pulled by the current administration.
If you’re equally appalled and are at a loss over how to talk to people about the difficult subject of race, Ijeoma Oluo’s book, So You Want to Talk About Race, is a great place to start. Oluo’s writing is engaging, relatable and digestible. She breaks down conversations by topic, including subjects like police brutality, affirmative action, cultural appropriation and microaggressions. So much good info. Before you ask a single black woman a question about race and how to do better, take the time to read this book.
For my part, I will only be reading books by women of color for the next several months. Currently on my list are This Will be my Undoing by Morgan Jerkins (Aileen wrote about it last week, but I haven’t read it yet), The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love by Sonya Renee Taylor, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and Not that Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay. What else? Comment with your recommendations!