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Oct 25, 2019

Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to the mass incarceration of African Americans–have made it impossible to ignore the issue of race. To guide us in discussing this difficult subject, Seattle-based writer and activist Ijeoma Oluo stepped up with perspectives from her book So You Want to Talk About Race. Joined in conversation by Associate Editor of The Stranger Charles Mudede, Oluo delved into subjects ranging from intersectionality to affirmative action to “model minorities.” Together, Oluo and Mudede navigated questions of race that arise in our daily lives. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair–and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend? Join Oluo and Mudede for an honest conversation about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

Ijeoma Oluo is a writer and speaker whose work on race has been featured in The Guardian, New York magazine, xoJane, Jezebel, and more. She is also an editor-at-large at The Establishment, and Seattle magazine named her “one of the most influential people” in Seattle.

Charles Mudede is a Zimbabwean writer, filmmaker, and Associate Editor for The Stranger. Mudede has written for the New York Times, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, C Theory, and others.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle. Recorded live in The Great Hall on October 2, 2019.