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  1. The Artisan Geek The Artisan Geek says:

    3 7 20Really really want to read this book 30 11 19That title though You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website 3 7 20Really really want to read this book 30 11 19That title though You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website


  2. Tucker (TuckerTheReader) Tucker (TuckerTheReader) says:

    I read read So You Want to Talk About Race and it was extremely eye opening so I am super excited to see what Ijeoma coming next Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram I read read So You Want to Talk About Race and it was extremely eye opening so I am super excited to see what Ijeoma coming next Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram


  3. Alexa Alexa says:

    An intense and satisfying read I love nonfiction like this Sociopolitical analysis and examining societal issues through a specific lens is like food for my brain Now, I went in agreeing with the thesis, so this went down easy for me This will be a frustrating, uncomfortable read for those who don t like the central idea that white supremacy, specifically the mediocrity of white men, has lead to a legacy of oppressive and pervasive systems as well as many of our societal failures But I lik An intense and satisfying read I love nonfiction like this Sociopolitical analysis and examining societal issues through a specific lens is like food for my brain Now, I went in agreeing with the thesis, so this went down easy for me This will be a frustrating, uncomfortable read for those who don t like the central idea that white supremacy, specifically the mediocrity of white men, has lead to a legacy of oppressive and pervasive systems as well as many of our societal failures But I liked this lens for exploring aspects of American history, current politics, the feminism movement, higher education, football yes andI learned a lot reading this book specific stories from history that I didn t know in the specifics, even if their implications were something I knew down in my gut The book is intersectional yes, white male mediocrity is the central thesis, but Oluo is very inclusive and covers a ton of ground, re Black and POC women vs whiteness but also how all women are harmed by male supremacy, etc and so forth There s a lot of nuance, including the ways white male supremacy is a lie for and in turn hurts white men.Recommended as brain food if the thesis interests you I would have happily read , honestly


  4. Margaret Kelly Margaret Kelly says:

    I want to clarify that this rating is in response to the rando that was clearly triggered by the title and gave it 3 stars, and not because I ve read this book yet Can t wait to read it when it s published, however, and I m sure the 5 stars will stay that way


  5. Melinda Melinda says:

    Have been looking forward to reading this since the first time I heard Ijeoma Oluo mention it The football chapter alone is worth the price of admission Looking forward to owning the final copy.


  6. Youp Youp says:

    Oh boy.


  7. Kaitlin Barnes Kaitlin Barnes says:

    Thanks to NetGalley and Seal Press for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review As soon as I saw the title, I knew I had to read this book, and it did not disappoint I learned a ton of new information from this book, from the origins of the NFL to the the trope of the American cowboy Oluo is so good at writing about tough, complicated topics in a way that is entertaining and easy to understand I read this book on my Kindle and was highlighting up a storm because the auth Thanks to NetGalley and Seal Press for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review As soon as I saw the title, I knew I had to read this book, and it did not disappoint I learned a ton of new information from this book, from the origins of the NFL to the the trope of the American cowboy Oluo is so good at writing about tough, complicated topics in a way that is entertaining and easy to understand I read this book on my Kindle and was highlighting up a storm because the author brings up so many excellent points This will be the rare book that I buy a hard copy of so that I can re read it I know I will want to go back to sections of this book again and again


  8. Colleen Colleen says:

    4.5 starsAnother great book by the eloquent Ijeoma Oluo She deftly tackles many of the ways that white male supremacy permeates our society Obviously, this book was written before the Pandemic and George Floyd s Murder I d love to hear the author s thoughts on those two topics.


  9. Alissa Charvonia (toknowthyshelf) Alissa Charvonia (toknowthyshelf) says:

    These injustices are not passed down by God they are not produced by any entity greater than ourselves These oppressive systems were built by people with our votes, our money, our hiring decision and they can be unmade by people Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo is brilliant Part history, part sociological study, part personal narrative, she expertly combines these three perspectives into an indescribably necessary text for our times I think there will be many readers particularly white readers These injustices are not passed down by God they are not produced by any entity greater than ourselves These oppressive systems were built by people with our votes, our money, our hiring decision and they can be unmade by people Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo is brilliant Part history, part sociological study, part personal narrative, she expertly combines these three perspectives into an indescribably necessary text for our times I think there will be many readers particularly white readers like myself, possibly mostly men who will dismiss this book without reading it, making assumptions about what it will say I hope those readers will give it a chance.Oluo describes the way white men in the U.S live in a society crafted by them and for them I think many of us think this means white men have fewer problems than the rest of us, particularly compared to people who are marginalized on the basis ofthan one identity they hold But Oluo points out that this socialization of white men leads to a cycle of harm when you are taught that all your needs and desires should be by default, but the systems are designed to prevent us all from meeting our full needs and desires, any barrier you face feels like a failing We can all understand feeling angry or unseen when adversity rears its head at us but in a society which says, white men can achieve anything, adversity feels like an indicator that white men aren t receiving their due This breeds resentment and anger, and it is often misplaced She tracks this theme through expertly researched history and astute observations of current events in politics, education, voting, housing, worker s rights, sports, and .Oluo speaks to a cultural moment in which many people are afraid of each other We wonder if we have an acquaintance who is the next school shooter, we question is our male boss will make untoward comments, we realize that we are often one powerful person s decision away from homelessness, or joblessness, or even death We wonder why on earth so many people can be swayed by populist leaders, particularly when those most swayed don t experience the same difficulties as others who have the most valid frustrations with U.S society But this is not a new phenomenon We are experiencing the result of hundreds of years of socialization, much of which we do not notice because it is so second nature Oluo makes that socialization salient, and helps us recognize what is in the air we breathe, so to speak And once we notice it, she reminds us humans created this moment, and we can imagine and create better, too She notes that anger and resentment and a desire for power at the cost of others is not inherent to whiteness or maleness, but these traits have been intertwined with both concepts She imagines a liberation where white men can live free from their inner turmoil of self expectations and anger and the rest of us can live free from their outward aggression resulting from years of hurt and lies I am thankful to Oluo for taking on the draining, difficult task of recounting centuries of violence, trauma, and hatred I am grateful to her for remaining steadfast when she is attacked for speaking truth to power And I encourage every person in this country to read this book, and to wonder why she takes such harsh criticism if her words were so blatantly untrue Truth makes power uncomfortable, makes power lash out This book is truth Thank you, Ms Oluo Thank you to NetGalley Books for the opportunity to read and review


  10. Lucas Lucas says:

    It s likely impossible to write a comprehensive history of racism and sexism in 3,000 pages, much less 300 Rather than attempt to boil the whole ocean, Ijeoma Oluo focuses in on white male supremacy, mediocrity, and rage Why are some white men so mad at everything, why do they blame it on women and minorities, and why are they so unwilling to acknowledge any unearned advantage whatsoever The challenge with this topic is that racism and sexism are two of the key ingredients of that soup, so it It s likely impossible to write a comprehensive history of racism and sexism in 3,000 pages, much less 300 Rather than attempt to boil the whole ocean, Ijeoma Oluo focuses in on white male supremacy, mediocrity, and rage Why are some white men so mad at everything, why do they blame it on women and minorities, and why are they so unwilling to acknowledge any unearned advantage whatsoever The challenge with this topic is that racism and sexism are two of the key ingredients of that soup, so it can drift into feeling like an attempted history of two immensely complicated subjects, and come off as not being thorough enough in doing so Like So You Want to Talk About Race , this book covers a lot of different subjects under a central umbrella Buffalo Bill, Teddy Roosevelt, the NFL, The Squad, Ellen Pao, the University of Missouri You aren t going to find many books covering all these things One of the many smart choices Oluo made was to not just make this a book about Dylann Roof types, but show that white male rage and inadequacy is a widespread issue facing millions, not just a few Klan members and serial killers And the internet has amplified these feelings, giving white male rage a place to gleefully threaten and troll people, giving them a missing sense of identity as resisters Are there other areas Oluo could have covered for this topic Of course there are And it s unfortunate this book was finished before Covid and George Floyd, because there s so much material there After finishing the book I felt like I enjoyed it, but left a little unfulfilled If you read a lot of news articles or books about this subject, you might not feel like there s a lot new here If you don t, this is a really great overview I m hovering somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but I ll go 4 because I acknowledge the importance of the subject and the incredible difficulty of putting the perfect combination of stories together to cover it Note I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Net Galley


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Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America From the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, a history of white male America and a scathing indictment of what it has cost us socially, economically, and politicallyAfter the election of Donald Trump, and the escalation of white male rage and increased hostility toward immigrants that came with him, New York Times bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo found herself in conversation with Americans around the country, pondering one central question How did we get here In this ambitious survey of the last century of American history, Oluo answers that question by pinpointing white men s deliberate efforts to subvert women, people of color, and the disenfranchised Through research, interviews, and the powerful, personal writing for which she is celebrated, Oluo investigates the backstory of America s growth, from immigrant migration to our national ethos around ingenuity, from the shaping of economic policy to the protection of sociopolitical movements that fortify male power In the end, she shows how white men have long maintained a stranglehold on leadership and sorely undermined the pursuit of happiness for all ❮EPUB❯ ✻ Poltergeist (Greywalker, ✶ Author Kat Richardson – 9facts.co.uk a history of white male America and a scathing indictment of what it has cost us socially [BOOKS] ✬ OBaby Author Geoffrey Johnson – 9facts.co.uk economically [Epub] ➟ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, By Pamela Clare – 9facts.co.uk and politicallyAfter the election of Donald Trump ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses By Ernesto Bravo Estrada ⚣ – 9facts.co.uk and the escalation of white male rage and increased hostility toward immigrants that came with him ➨ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Ebook ➮ Author Ellen Connor – 9facts.co.uk New York Times bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo found herself in conversation with Americans around the country ❮Reading❯ ➺ The Good Daughter ➲ Author Karin Slaughter – 9facts.co.uk pondering one central question How did we get here In this ambitious survey of the last century of American history ✑ Crysis pdf ✓ Author Peter Watts – 9facts.co.uk Oluo answers that question by pinpointing white men s deliberate efforts to subvert women ➹ [Download] ➵ Fractured (Will Trent, By Karin Slaughter ➼ – 9facts.co.uk people of color ➵ Ghost Download ➾ Author Fred Burton – 9facts.co.uk and the disenfranchised Through research ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Nerve By Dick Francis ❤ – 9facts.co.uk interviews ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Cinco Dias de Vida By Julie Lawson Timmer ✸ – 9facts.co.uk and the powerful [PDF] ✎ Backstage ✐ Nikki Turner – 9facts.co.uk personal writing for which she is celebrated ❴Download❵ ➵ Bodily Harm Author Margaret Atwood – 9facts.co.uk Oluo investigates the backstory of America s growth ❰Reading❯ ➾ Shadow Land Author Peter Straub – 9facts.co.uk from immigrant migration to our national ethos around ingenuity ❴EPUB❵ ✰ Beauty Author Lisa Daily – 9facts.co.uk from the shaping of economic policy to the protection of sociopolitical movements that fortify male power In the end ❴Epub❵ ➚ Hexes and Hemlines (A Witchcraft Mystery, Author Juliet Blackwell – 9facts.co.uk she shows how white men have long maintained a stranglehold on leadership and sorely undermined the pursuit of happiness for all


About the Author: Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller She s the author of the New York Times Best Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press Named one of the The Root s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets.