So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo's first full-length, nonfiction book, was published in 2018 and is a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller. Using personal anecdotes and hard evidence, Oluo examines the systemic racism that is inherent in American society and explores the many ways it harms and hinders Black Americans. She incorporates data to support her arguments, and she presents suggestions for social change and conclusions about hot-button racial topics ranging from police brutality to affirmative action to microaggressions.


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