This is a slightly odd blog. I don't know a huge amount about Reni Eddo-Lodge, and because of the way her session at the upcoming WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View series at the Christchurch Arts Festival is titled, I want to go into it with as open a mind as possible and without too many preconceptions. Additionally, I'm a few places down the holds list for her book so won't get to see it before I see her.
However, I can tell you about why I want to listen to her. I vaguely saw the title of her book and WORD session, Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race, on Twitter and then came across a book review in The Guardian and the concept piqued my interest. I've been reading quite a lot about diversity, racism and colonialism and also getting my head around intersectionality, so when I saw that Reni was coming to Christchurch I jumped at the opportunity to listen to her. I want to leave my white privilege at the door and make the most of a chance to gain insight into someone else's perspective.
In this day and age, listening may be one of our most valuable tools.
- Read Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race
- Visit our page on WORD Christchurch's Shifting Points of View at the Christchurch Arts Festival
- Follow Reni Eddo-Lodge @renireni on Twitter
We now live in a world now where it takes the leader of the free world three days to say 'racism is bad'
— Reni Eddo-Lodge (@renireni) August 14, 2017
— The Pantograph Punch (@pantographpunch) July 31, 2017