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What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition (Paperback)
In the spirit of We Should All Be Feminists and How to Be an Antiracist, a poignant and sensible guide to questioning the meaning of whiteness and creating an antiracist world from the acclaimed historian and author of Twisted.
Vital and empowering What White People Can Do Next teaches each of us how to be agents of change in the fight against racism and the establishment of a more just and equitable world. In this affecting and inspiring collection of essays, Emma Dabiri draws on both academic discipline and lived experience to probe the ways many of us are complacent and complicit—and can therefore combat—white supremacy. She outlines the actions we must take, including:
Stop the Denial Interrogate Whiteness Abandon Guilt Redistribute Resources Realize this shit is killing you too . . .
To move forward, we must begin to evaluate our prejudices, our social systems, and the ways in which white supremacy harms us all. Illuminating and practical, What White People Can Do Next is essential for everyone who wants to go beyond their current understanding and affect real—and lasting—change.
About the Author
Emma Dabiri is a regular presenter on BBC and contributor for The Guardian. She is a teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. Her writing has been published in a number of anthologies, academic journals, and the national press. She lives in London.
“Dabiri’s manifesto for radical change…marries historical context with contemporary commentary and analysis in a direct, accessible style.” — Time
“Both a blazing polemic against the concept of race as anything more than a means to create racism as well as a fundamental route toward active unification…. A must-read for anyone seeking to be an agent of much-needed societal change.” — Kirkus, starred review
"A practical guide to creating an anti-racist world." — USA Today, 5 books not to miss
“A game-changing skewering of social-media discourse with a historically grounded analysis of anti-racism, collectivism, neoliberalism, and post-colonialism.” — Vogue UK
“Impactful . . . a manifesto for meaningful and lasting change. And trust us, once you’ve picked it up and started reading, you won’t want to put it down.” — Cosmopolitan (UK)
“Deftly and wittily deconstructs allyship and white saviour tropes to give an unblinkered takedown of what needs to happen next.” — Stylist (UK)
“Vitally important and written with intelligence and insight, this book is an essential companion for anyone seeking to understand racism, on the journey towards an anti-racist future.” — Jeffrey Boakye, author of Black, Listed