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Publisher's Summary

Instant New York Times best seller.

An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.

'You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have.' So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all 50 states. 'There is a fix,' Acho says. 'But in order to access it, we’re going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations.'

In Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white people are afraid to ask - yet which everyone needs 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 listener's curiosity - but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Emmanuel Acho (P)2020 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"I really love this." (Jada Pinkett Smith)

"What Emmanuel Acho has to say is important." (Matthew McConaughey)

"An absolute must-read.... Emmanuel Acho dives into important subjects like cultural appropriation and white privilege, urging you to find a way to join in the fight against racism." (Cosmopolitan)

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A bit disappointed

I really enjoyed Emmanuel's stories and episodes on Instagram and Youtube. Thus, my expectations for this books were sky-high. Unfortunately, I found the book to be a bit superficial...it treated the subjects of the book very lightly and fast. I was really expecting a deep-dive based on the very nice content Emmanuel has provided on social media, but I found a general repeat of the same messages. What shocked me was how lightly black culture was treated. I was really expecting to find out more about the wonderful contributions black people have made to the world, yet I was told a couple of stories about hair and 'sagging' which really let me wanting. Not to mention about the fact that 1/3 of the book is about how the book came to life.

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  • Aideen O'Riordan
  • 12-13-20

Essential reading

The story of bias , prejudice and discrimination communicated so fluently the only choice is to be comfortable with all of the uncomfortable

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  • Neozoe
  • 12-08-20

Sensitive but delivered with aplomb & naivete

Emmanuel is a very eloquent speaker. I was certainly enrapt and enamoured by his skillful engagement in these uncomfortable conversations.
I enjoyed every bit of history that he brought to bear on the subject.
The naivete shows up in thinking that humans, on their own can rid themselves of the prejudice manifest in racism against black people in particular.
A very good listen and accompanying PDF was a terrific bonus!

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  • vanessa nosolini
  • 12-07-20

Music to my ears!

I can't even begin describe how much I've enjoyed listening to this book! Such a necessary discussion, beautifully explained. Relevant topics that needed to be dissected and that's exactly what Emmanuel did with this book, he broke down every single issue with brilliance and ease! What a delight!

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  • Max K
  • 02-05-22

The book is very American

I really wanted to like this book and wanted to be more educated on the topic. But being born in a country with no colonial history, I couldn't fully "join the discussion". Felt like an outsider who is not in the loop. Racism is international and exists in many countries which have no history of slavery or decades of inequality. When the author got to white privilege I thought that finally, I can "join the conversation" but again the author keeps referring back to American history, decades of inequality etc. Those arguments don't speak to me, they are not the cause of racism in my part of the world.

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  • Rayder N Machado
  • 11-24-21

Great Book

Definitely recommend this book as it give a very informative and guided ways to understand racism and systematic white supremacy in our daily life and brother and sisters endure so much suffering, plus let us know how to ask the hard question and keeping discussion on the topic

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  • Aiko
  • 11-10-21

eye-opening

The voice is clear and lenguaje is understandable. Is really informative and interesting. eye-opening for the ignorant about black culture. Definitely recommend.

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  • Elizabth Cleary
  • 10-30-21

Utterly Delightful - and very practical too

I enjoyed, was educated, and was challenged as I have already been by Acho'ls videos.
Both what he says, but also the clear way he says it, makes for easy understanding. - and understanding is surely the theme he conveys to each person who experiences his ideas - we are challenged to listen, to take in, and to pass on.

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  • Grace Kew
  • 08-30-21

Incredibly inspiring, challenging and truthful conversations

Throughly enjoyed listening to this book which is filled with loads of ideas, inspiration, learning and very helpful tips and resources.

It is written in a very candid way and invites one to reflect on their own perceptions around the agenda of race, racism and Black Lives Matter. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to learn, understand and play a role in making our world a much better place for all races to live in harmony or maybe you are just curious to explore and learn about how you can become a good ally.

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  • Majid Hussain
  • 03-21-21

Perspective is important

As a British Pakistani man, there is a lot I can relate to with facing similar struggles, however I never understood the perspective from a black man. I have black friends but none of them could articulate their points of view like Emmanuel does with history and context, which is very important. I now have some sort of understanding of what it is like for a black man and I loved how he answered common questions from white people. He also speaks so well in his interviews/videos, so getting him to read his own book makes it that bit better. Let’s affect change from within our own homes out. That’s how we can become allies.

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  • ste roach
  • 03-09-21

Powerful work

This book couldn't be timed more perfectly as we all try to address identity and how we treat each other in the world. I found myself at times feeling angry and accused at times but this only ended up making me question myself more. This is not an easy read but I would urge everyone to take the time to inhale the information as it may help you understand why and how people feel the way they do about race and racism.

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  • Nate
  • 01-14-21

Stuff you should know

Really enjoyed Emmanuel Acho speaking frankly. Sounds like a top bloke, I'd like to be friends.
Easy listening and worth the download, everyone should hear this.