In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race.
Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.
Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London based, award winning freelance journalist and black feminist. Her book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is out now with Bloomsbury Books in the UK, Australia & New Zealand. It’s published in the United States on 5th December 2017. Her reported features and comment pieces can be found at The New York Times, British Vogue, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Stylist Magazine, The Pool, Dazed and Confused Magazine, and the New Humanist.
We planned to host Reni Eddo-Lodge in the shop at Tate Modern as part of our regular series of bookshop events and signings on a first-come first-served free to attend basis. Many more people turned up than the 100 we could accommodate and, despite moving the event to a larger venue, we had to turn people away. We're very sorry that people were disappointed; it's a testament to Reni and her book that so many people wanted to hear her speak. Thank you to everyone attending for their patience and understanding. We have recorded the talk and will be putting it on our website for those who missed it. We can only say that we got this wrong this time, both in terms of our underestimation of the demand and in our organisation of the event. We will learn from this and hope that we will get a chance to put that right in the future.