Terribly reductive account of structural racism
This book does nothing but reduce a complex system of historical injustice to a set of overly simplistic antagonisms along racial lines. This book is a mess of essentialist race-baiting masquerading as insight. Long story short, it’s terribly misguided.
By Obunga 2.0
Call a black person a racial slur, they'll scream and try to fight you. Call a white person a racist term and they shrug or laugh at you. We need to confront the fragility of the Black community. Why do so few black men want to confront the issue of fatherlessness? That's very fragile of them. In all seriousness, though, I think the author needs to reconsider the fact that a whites person can disagree with an assertion made about racism in the country and not be inherently defensive/fragile about it.
It’s actually the most awful book ever
I’d prefer catching COVID over reading this again
Not trying to be rude because I do care about race relations in the US. But this was sooooooo bloody boring. She like said the same thing over, and over, and over, and over, and guess what? Over again. Would not recommend. Basically everything you do or say is racist but she’s not???? I don’t get it and yes I’ve a college degree and didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, but I might have to if this is what the left is ooohing and ahhhing over. Literally this book isn’t even worth the paper it’s written on or the amount of energy it takes to e-read it. Literal garbage. At some point you can’t blame all of your problems on other people, please become a better writer, and mix it up a little because this is just so unbelievably bad. Not just the ideas but the writing style… ugh. And now I’m just going to be called a boomer and a racist. I just can’t even believe that this is a NYTBS I’m sorry but it’s not, and I’m seriously question everything I’ve ever read in the NYT because this book is that bad. And the fact that other people like this book and thought it was good is just so mind boggling to me. Like did y’all even read this? Because I specifically spent time trying to read and comprehend this, but it’s hard when my 2 yr niece makes more sense than this book.
Would not recommend -80000/10.
Perhaps good intentions, logically incoherent
I want to be charitable because I think the author may have started this book (and many of her other writings) from a sincere place of finding healing for herself, the black community, and the United Staes as a whole. Unfortunately, much of her argument is logically incoherent; rife with a-priori assumptions and circular reasoning. For example, she considers individualism a doctrine that must be challenged and replaced by a collective narrative as a means to the end of installing systemic racism and the ideology that all ideologies and identities are social constructs. Unfortunately, that leaves her own “ ideology “ bathing in the same waters of subjectivity she casts competing ideas like Meritocracy, Individuality, and Objectivity into.
Moreover, Diangelo relies on replacing scientific and enlightenment epistemology with the epistemology of “ Lived Experience” and “ Story Telling”. Again, this assertion refutes her prior attempt to negate individualism, because she relies on the “ individual lived experience and story telling “ of marginalized people to buttress her own epistemology. This comes off as a half-baked attempt at empiricism using the very tools she tries to destroy early in the book.
Aside from the Incoherence, Diangelo winds up with a book that does little to help the catastrophic plague of racism and instead props up hate of hierarchies dressed in faith healer clothes. Ultimately, this book will lead to derision and division not healing, then again, that may be what she ultimately aims to do.
I like the one star reviews
By Sarah T 23
The one star reviews just prove the authors point keep on going :)
Could be shortened
I resonated with the last few chapters, I felt the author spent too long and too many chapters arriving to that conclusion.
Well if you love victimhood, look no further! I hope she can ride the racism train to the bank into eternity, it's a real cash cow these days.
By jim phillups
Just no. Don’t read this.
Far left snowflake promoting ideology
Just another push of the far left ideological agenda, telling us we are all racists and there’s nothing we can do about it. Shame on the author for bringing such an ill advised, erroneous, ignorant, and racist piece of literature to life