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The Racial Code

By: Nicola Rollock
Narrated by: Sara Powell
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In this transformative book, Nicola Rollock, one of our pre-eminent experts on racial justice, offers a vital exploration of the lived experience of racism.

Miles, a successful lawyer, is mistaken for the waiter at a networking event. Femi is on the verge of breakdown having been consistently overlooked for promotion at her university. Nigel's emails, repeatedly expressing concern about his employer's forthcoming slavery exhibition, are ignored. Carol knows she can't let herself relax at the work Christmas party...

This is racism. It is not about the overt acts of random people at the fringes of society. It's about the everyday. It's the loaded silence, the throwaway remark, the casual comment or a 'joke' in the workplace.

It's everything.

The Racial Code is an unprecedented examination of the hidden rules of race and racism that govern our lives and how they maintain the status quo. Interweaving narrative with research and theory, acclaimed expert Nicola Rollock uniquely lays bare the pain and cost of navigating everyday racism—and compels us to reconsider how to truly achieve racial justice.

©2022 Nicola Rollock (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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"A powerful, salient and gracefully written study of the corrosive dynamics of race in Britain from a trusted voice on the subject. We can all benefit from reading it." (Diana Evans)

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  • 11-03-22

Great to reflect upon.

Well structured and engaging way to present the idea of a racial code.
As a racialised white person this book challenged my thinking & has encouraged me to review my thoughts, behaviours & biases to seek to address the impact I may have on the minority groups. Challenging both myself & wider systems I am part of or work within I better recognise when & where I might uphold or break down the racial code.