What White People Can Do Next
Emma Dabiri

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Narrated By: Emma Dabiri

Duration: 3 hours and 12 minutes

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An incisive - and deeply practical - essay from the acclaimed author of Don't Touch My Hair

Stop the denial
Abandon guilt
Interrogate capitalism

When it comes to racial justice, how do we transform demonstrations of support into real and meaningful change? With intellectual rigour and razor-sharp wit, Emma Dabiri cuts through the haze of online discourse to offer clear advice.

© Emma Dabiri 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


Social discrimination and equal treatment, Political science and theory, Social attitudes, Sociology, Ethnic studies

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Groundbreaking, rich, heartbreaking . . . a highly charged history


A scintillating, intellectual investigation into black women and the very serious business of our hair, as it pertains to race, gender, social codes, tradition, culture, cosmology, maths, politics, philosophy and history

The Times Literary Supplement 'Books of the Year'

A fascinating historical account...pioneers urgent new roads to social change and new forms of dialogue

Irish Times

FASCINATING, educational, personal, humble and engaging. I urge you to read it!

Marian Keyes

Vitally important and written with intelligence and insight, this book is an essential companion for anyone seeking to understand racism, on the journey towards an anti-racist future

Jeffrey Boakye

Insightful, practical and thought-provoking . . . moves discourse away from the often entrenched and passive performance of allyship and towards the ushering in of a new era of coalition-building

Irish Times

Essential . . . accessible and yet so full of scholarship. Witty, insightful, a must-read

Owen Jones

Fantastic . . . a wonderfully concise deconstruction of race and racism Emma is challenging the inherent power dynamics in the concept of allyship, arguing instead for coalition when it comes to how people can confront the structures of racism

The Blindboy Podcast

Impactful . . . a manifesto for meaningful and lasting change. And trust us, once you've picked it up and started reading, you won't want to put it down


Vital, needs to be read by as many people as possible . . . One of those rare books that is completely clarifying and that you find yourself referring back to for years to come

Ellie Mae O'Hagan (via twitter)

Refreshing . . . A nuanced and historical analysis of post-colonialism, anti-racism and collectivism. The sharpest of any book out on 'race' in recent years

Good Readers Club


Don't Touch My Hair

Deftly and wittily deconstructs allyship and white saviour tropes to give an unblinkered takedown of what needs to happen next