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The 2023 Virginia Black History Month Gala, 4 Book Discussions

Cafe Sazon
4704 Columbia Pike
Arlington, Virginia 22204

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”?
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 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.)
Discussion Leaders
Tia Alfred
Christine Hopkins
Leah Maderal
Registration Required – Space is Limited
More About the Book
Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy-from police brutality to the mass incarceration of African Americans-have made it impossible to ignore the issue of race. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair-and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
Author’s Website
Publisher’s Website…/so-you-want…/9781580056779/
“[T]his book is much-needed and timely. It is more than a primer on racism. It is a comprehensive conversation guide.” –National Review of Books
“It would be a disservice to try to teach you everything that I learned from this book. In reality, it’s likely something that requires reading, and then reading again. And again.” –Chicago Now
“Oluo […] pulls the most exasperated among us back from the brink and reminds us of what’s to be gained from continuing the discussion.” –The Seattle Times
“Impassioned and unflinching” –
“With this book, Ijeoma Oluo gives us — both white people and people of color — that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases.” –National Book Review

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