“Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” Blog

This month we hosted a book club discussing the Sunday Times best seller, `Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge. This book, first published in 2017, brings a fresh, British perspective to the conversation around anti-racism which was sparked globally in the summer of 2020. We would highly recommend reading this book for those not able to attend the call. An interesting discussion was had around a number of the different themes in the book, with the conversation focused on some questions proposed in a blog post by Sally Flint found here. Particularly interesting was the chapter on intersectionality and feminism, and the subsequent discussion on how we as Women in Climate can support black people and other minorities in the sciences. A number of participants also suggested implicit association tests, to help further understand our own biases. We hope that we will be able to continue this conversation within the network going forwards and a number of additional book and films were suggested by the participants as listed below.


Further Reading and Watching (Recommended by session participants)

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch

How to argue with a Racist by Adam Rutherford

13th on Netflix

Small Axe BBC one

Superior by Angela Saini (also her book Inferior for the science behind sexism)

The good immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

What white people can do next by Emma Dabiri

So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo (Also her book Mediocre)

Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab by V Bala Chaudhary

Some fiction suggestions…

Homegoing by Yaa Gyuasi

Small island by Andrea Levy