Antiracist Book Club chats MEDIOCRE *IN-PERSON*


You asked and we answered. We are thrilled to offer our Antiracist Book Club reading program. We'll discuss anti-racist and foundational literature. This month we're chatting about Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo. This is a safe, focused space in which to discuss the systematic structures of racism and the work we can do individually and community wide to dismantle them using the information from our texts and the lessons learned each session. Come as often or as rarely as you like, but we recommend reading How to Be an Anti-Racist as a starting place for discussion! In 2023, our Antiracist Book Club meetings will take place in-person at Loyalty's Petworth location at 7 PM on the third Thursday of the month. Please note: face masks are required for this indoor event. RSVP using the form below to let us know you'll be joining us for this month's meeting!


From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, an  “illuminating” (New York Times Book Review) history of white male identity.

What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power? What happens when success is defined by status over women and people of color, instead of by actual accomplishments?

Through the last 150 years of American history -- from the post-reconstruction South and the mythic stories of cowboys in the West, to the present-day controversy over NFL protests and the backlash against the rise of women in politics -- Ijeoma Oluo exposes the devastating consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves. Mediocre investigates the real costs of this phenomenon in order to imagine a new white male identity, one free from racism and sexism.

As provocative as it is essential, this book will upend everything you thought you knew about American identity and offers a bold new vision of American greatness.


Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race. Her work on race has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. She was named to the 2021 Time 100 Next list, has twice been named to The Root  100, and received the Harvard Humanist of the Year award. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Event date: 
Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America By Ijeoma Oluo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580059527
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Seal Press - November 9th, 2021

RSVP Form: 

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