An incisive and deeply practical essay from the acclaimed author of Don't Touch My Hair
Emma Dabiri is a teaching fellow in the African Languages, Cultures and Literatures section of the African department at SOAS, a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths and the author of Don't Touch My Hair, which was an Irish Times bestseller. She has presented several television and radio programmes including BBC Radio 4's critically-acclaimed documentaries Journeys into Afro-futurism and Britain's Lost Masterpieces.
Essential . . . accessible and yet so full of scholarship.
Witty, insightful, a must-read -- Owen Jones
Fascinating, invigorating . . . this book is for everyone . . . we have an academic like Emma Dabiri writing as if James Connolly and Audre Lorde had a love child -- Jess Kav * Irish Times *
A gamechanging skewering of social-media discourse with a historically grounded analysis of anti-racism, collectivism, neoliberalism, and post-colonialism -- Jason Okundaye * Vogue *
Deftly and wittily deconstructs allyship and white saviour tropes to give an unblinkered takedown of what needs to happen next -- Francesca Brown * Stylist *
A thoughtful, nuanced read that is deftly researched and studded with relevant reflections from Dabiri's own life in Ireland, the UK and the US... Dabiri is on top form when applying her razor-sharp analysis to the symbiotic relationship between capitalism and racism, and how it harms us all -- Georgina Lawton * iNews *
Vital, needs to be read by as many people as possible . . . One of those rare books that is completely clarifying and that you find yourself referring back to for years to come -- Ellie Mae O'Hagan (via twitter)
I really loved What White People Can Do Next: so smart, so readable, so helpful. There is so much I hadn't thought about before - 'whiteness' as a confection, the empty performance of online rhetoric, the impossibility of transferring privilege - and so much that I had somewhere in the back of my mind but that I'd struggled to articulate. -- Nick Hornby * author of Just Like You *
Refreshing . . . A nuanced and historical analysis of post-colonialism, anti-racism and collectivism. The sharpest of any book out on 'race' in recent years -- Good Readers Club
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
Fantastic . . . a wonderfully concise deconstruction of race and racism Emma is challenging the inherent power dynamics in the concept of allyship, arguing instead for coalition when it comes to how people can confront the structures of racism * The Blindboy Podcast *
Concise, sure-footed and complete . . . a battle cry against racism for even the most socially aware . . . Dabiri's reflections have been a very, very long time coming -- Tanya Sweeny * Irish Independent *