Review: Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK MAN
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series
“Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”
“You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have.” So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states. “There is a fix,” Acho says. “But in order to access it, we’re going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations.”
In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask—yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism.” In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader’s curiosity—but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight.
Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man is written by a Black man answering white people’s questions about race-related issues.
Each chapter opens up with a question that was submitted to Mr. Acho by a curious white person who wants more information about something related to racism or cultural appropriation.
*Should I teach my kids to see color?
*How can I have white privilege if I’m not wealthy?
*When does style become cultural appropriation?
Before this book, Emmanual Acho started an Instagram series with the same name in response to Americans waking up to what was happening to Black people in regards to the George Floyd killing. White people had all kinds of questions and Mr. Acho started a video series where he talked about these issues with different guests.
At the time of writing this review, there are currently 10 episodes of the “Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man” IG series. If you don’t have Instagram you can watch them here. Episodes are around 15 minutes long. The guests range from Chip & Joanna Gaines to Matthew McConaughey to the NFL commissioner. To name just a few.
Mr. Acho narrated this book and I loved listening to it.
This isn’t a book that I will read once and move on . . . it’s a book that I will read again. Continuing to educate ourselves is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.
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