NAACP Arlington Branch invites you to dive into So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. This New York Times bestseller offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America. After doing a book club covering this entire book, we decided each section of So You Want to Talk About Race could be its own rich discussion.
Each of the four discussions will focus on a different quarter of this book of excellent essays.
Free, moderated, in-person discussion.
You don’t need to attend all multiple dates, although you can. Each discussion stands alone.
Participants are expected to have read the specific chapters for the section they are coming to discuss. (And of course, everyone is welcome to read the whole book.)
We will meet in person, but gather on Zoom if there is inclement weather on the discussion day.
Registration Required – Space is Limited
4 Part Discussion of So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Intro & Chapters 1-4 So You Want to Talk About Race
Introduction: So you want to talk about race?
Chapter 1: Is it Really About Race?
Chapter 2: What is racism?
Chapter 3: What if I talk about race wrong?
Chapter 4: Why am I always being told to “check my privilege”?
Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Chapters 5-8 So You Want to Talk About Race
Chapter 5 What is intersectionality and why do I need it?
Chapter 6 Is police brutality really about race?
Chapter 7 How can I talk about affirmative action?
Chapter 8 What is the school-to-prison pipeline?
Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Chapters 9-12 So You Want to Talk About Race
Chapter 9 Why can’t I say the “N” word?
Chapter 10 What is cultural appropriation?
Chapter 11 Why can’t I touch your hair?
Chapter 12 What are microaggressions?
Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Chapters 13-17 So You Want to Talk About Race
Chapter 13 Why are our students so angry?
Chapter 14 What is the model minority myth?
Chapter 15 But what if I hate Al Sharpton?
Chapter 16 I just got called racist, what do I do now?
Chapter 17 Talking is great, but what else can I do?