Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
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.
Coalition Team Member Thoughts on This Title
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man is an open book that offers readers an excellent perspective and learning. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read, and I found myself nodding throughout the book as I found several things relatable and agreeable. It was almost like watching a TedTalk play out as I was reading.
The author did a nice job of shedding light on real-life, often overlooked issues that people may be curious about and are afraid to discuss. He wrote his book wholeheartedly and genuinely using text that is inviting and non-threatening. Whether you are looking to learn more about unlearning racism, looking for a good introductory book to share (as a way to plant a few seeds), or needing a conversation starter on this topic, know that this book might be just what you are looking for.
More Thoughts on This Title
Earlier in 2020, after the events that ended the life of George Floyd, Emmanuel Acho started creating and posting a series of YouTube videos titled Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. I was intrigued from the start and eagerly anticipated each new release. And then I heard about this book coming out. I immediately pre-ordered it from my local independent bookstore (shop small!) and impatiently waited until the release day. The book did not disappoint.
The end of the book states, “Ending racism is not a finish line that we will cross. It’s a road we’ll travel.” That’s a powerful statement to close with and one that could have been the opening line. The history of the United States can be dark and ugly and, well, uncomfortable for a lot of people to face, acknowledge, and talk about. And yet nothing can change if we do not know and understand the past. So many of us were raised to avoid conversations that could be charged–don’t talk about religion or politics or race. Emmanual Acho is advocating for us all to instead wade into the waters of discomfort and have conversations. Share and ask questions, listen, and approach them with an open mind, humility, and heart.
Not sure how or where to start? Pick up this book. Buy a copy and mark up the pages and passages that are the most meaningful for you. Lean into the discomfort you may feel with the certainty of growing and knowing that we can take steps toward change and a more equitable future for everyone.
Author: Emmanuel Acho