From the author of Don't Touch My Hair, Emma Dabiri's latest collection of essays, What White People Can Do Next, focuses on 'interrogating capitalism' and understanding what YOU can do as a white person to help overcome systemic racism. Described by Guardian writer Owen Jones as 'A must-read . . . accessible and yet so full of scholarship' Dabiri's book, published by Penguin, dissects racism with intellectual rigour and razor-sharp wit, cutting through the haze of online discourse to offer straightforward advice and more importantly, digestible advice.
Last year, during the global Black Lives Matter protests, it appeared, even if for a moment, that people of all races had come together to support the abolishment of racial inequality in all its forms in the wake of George Floyd's tragic death. Many people signed and shared multiple petitions to include Black history as part of the curriculum, and others protested worldwide despite a global pandemic. It seemed as though there had never been a better time to fight against racism, but the truth is, the momentum has now slowed down. Whether it's because people think it's not relevant anymore 'or fashionable' is beside the point. Black Lives Matter. They always will, and we have to keep fighting for them because no lives matter until Black lives do. Dabiri's new book features a manifesto for change and addresses white people's actions following on from last year. This isn't the time to stop but instead, to keep moving forward.
What White People Can Do Next is a book about the part of activism that is often missing. It's about the 'where we go from here' and how our next step, usually the untaken one when real change is needed, matters most. It's important to remember that.
You can buy Dabiri's new book here.