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How Reni Eddo-Lodge Is Starting A Conversation On Racism Through Her Book, “Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race”

   

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Reni Eddo-Lodge is a British journalist whose writings are focused on feminism as well as exposing structural racism.

Having being born and raised in London by Nigerian parents, Reni knows first hand the meaning of racism as regards her color.

A year after she documented her struggles with racism on her blog in 2014, Reni signed a deal with Bloomsbury Publishing to write her first book.

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The book, titled, “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race,” talks about racism and the harsh treatment meted to blacks because of their color or their names, which doesn’t usually sound English-like.

To her, engaging with a white on the experiences she goes through as a black woman in their society, is like, “the gulf of an emotional disconnect….You can see their eyes shut down and harden. It’s like treacle is poured into their ears, blocking up their ear canals like they can no longer hear us,” she said in a post on her blog

According to Reni, whites do not understand what it means to be black in a society that prefers one above the other irrespective of how qualified the latter is.

Reni Eddo-Lodge is an award winning journalist, with her works published in The New York Times, British Vogue, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Stylist Magazine, The Pool, Dazed and Confused Magazine*, and the New Humanist.

In 2015, she won a 30 to watch award from MHP Communications. In 2014, the Guardian listed her as one of the 30 most exciting people under 30 in digital media. She has also been listed in Elle Magazine’s 100 Inspirational Women list and The Root’s 30 black viral voices under 30.

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