So You Want to Talk about Race is designed to facilitate informed, positive dialog. Each chapter focuses on a question, such as: “What is cultural appropriation anyway?” “Why do I keep being told to check my privilege?” “If I don’t support affirmative action, does that make me racist?” “What is intersectionality, and why do I need it?” and even “But what if I hate Al Sharpton?” It’s a book for people of all colors and backgrounds—for anyone who wants to talk about race, or doesn’t want to but knows we need to.
Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based speaker, feminist, “internet yeller” and author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of the most influential people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in NY Magazine, Jezebel, TIME, the Seattle Globalist, the Guardian, among other outlets.