Be a revolution How everyday people are fighting oppression and changing the world--and how you can, too

Ijeoma Oluo

Book - 2024

"With [this book], ... Oluo aims to show how people across America are working to create real positive change in our structures. Looking at many of our most powerful systems--like education, media, labor, health, housing, policing, and more--she highlights what people are doing to create change for intersectional racial equity. She also illustrates various ways in which the reader can find entryways into change in these same areas, or can bring some of this important work being done elsewhere to where they live"--

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Instructional and educational works
Matériel d'éducation et de formation
New York, NY : HarperOne [2024]
Main Author
Ijeoma Oluo (author)
First edition
Physical Description
xvii, 395 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 385-395).
  • Punishment, accountability, and abolition
  • Richie Reseda and Mannie Thomas
  • Race, patriarchy, and punishment culture
  • What is abolition?
  • What is beyond punishment?
  • Be a revolution
  • Gender justice, bodily autonomy, and race
  • Why it's often race and gender
  • Abortion, bodily autonomy, and the racism that endangers it all
  • Intersections of racism, queerphobia, and transphobia in gender justice work
  • Be a revolution
  • Hierarchies of body and mind: disability and race
  • Why disability matters
  • Ableism in anti-racist work
  • What is disability in communities of color?
  • Be a revolution
  • Race, labor, and business
  • Why labor matters
  • Racism in labor unions
  • Can we build better businesses?
  • Be a revolution
  • Race, the environment, and environmental justice
  • Race, environment, and environmental apartheid
  • Environmentalist colonialism
  • Be a revolution
  • Race, education, and the pedagogy of our oppressors
  • Racism in our schools
  • Is revolution possible in our schools?
  • Working outside of the school system
  • Be a revolution
  • Arts, race, and the creative forces of revolution
  • Art as the keeper of community
  • White supremacy in the art world
  • Art as a weapon
  • Be a revolution
  • A life's work
  • Ages and stages
  • Ability and privilege
  • Navigating privilege in movement spaces
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgements
  • Works cited.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Bestseller Oluo (So You Want to Talk About Race) affirms that "everyone has different roles in this revolution" in these enlightening profiles of people who've put their anti-racist values into action. Each chapter highlights the tie between racial justice and some other topic--such as gender, disability, policing, education, and the arts--through detailed life stories of activists that center their changing understanding of the world and how they managed challenges. For example, a chapter on Richie Reseda relates how his encounters with Black feminist theory in prison led him to found Success Story, a workshop to help incarcerated men think about how internalized patriarchal ideas have shaped and harmed them. Throughout, Oluo showcases a variety of ways to promote anti-racism, many of them intended to be of use to people for whom anti-racist organizing is not necessarily a central focus of their activism. She also admirably demonstrates how she continues to grow through self-education and reflection, at one point frankly addressing earlier shortcomings in her thinking about disability. Readers will find inspiration and clarity. (Jan.)

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Vivid profiles in activism. Oluo, author of So You Want To Talk About Race, makes race central to an inspiring look at those fighting against the "deep, systemic issues." The author considers punishment and incarceration, gender justice and bodily autonomy, labor and business, disability, the environment, education, and the arts, highlighting men and women who are enacting creative solutions to achieve change. Readers will meet Richie Reseda, who invented Success Stories, a 13-week workshop "that aims to help incarcerated men heal from violent patriarchy and learn how to handle fear, pain, and conflict in healthier ways." The program also connects its alumni with support to find jobs. There's Alice Wong, who has muscular dystrophy and created the Disability Visibility Project, an online resource that offers blog posts, essays, and reports "about ableism, intersectionality, culture, media, and politics from the perspective of disabled people." Oluo, who identifies as Black, queer, and disabled (ADHD, anxiety, and chronic illness), stresses the importance of connecting disability justice work to anti-racist work. "Systemic racism and ableism," she writes, "serve the same core purpose in society: to justify the oppression, exclusion, and exploitation of people based on a manufactured hierarchy of value." For readers aspiring to contribute to societal change, the author ends each chapter with suggestions for interventions in one's own life and community, and she appends the book with a long list of people and organizations that can serve as resources. "So much of the work that happens on the ground is really small things," writes Wong. "Sometimes it's just small, intermittent things. It doesn't have to be a website. It doesn't have to be fully formed." Transformative justice, Oluo writes, "holds people accountable for the harm they cause, and it also holds communities accountable for how they contribute to harm, in order to prevent future harm." An urgent plea for individual and collective action. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.