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@Download Epub ⚢ Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America ó From the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, a history of white male America and a scathing indictment of what it has cost us socially, economically, and politicallyAfter the election of Donald Trump, and the escalation of white male rage and increased hostility toward immigrants that came with him, New York Times bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo found herself in conversation with Americans around the country, pondering one central question How did we get here In this ambitious survey of the last century of American history, Oluo answers that question by pinpointing white men s deliberate efforts to subvert women, people of color, and the disenfranchised Through research, interviews, and the powerful, personal writing for which she is celebrated, Oluo investigates the backstory of America s growth, from immigrant migration to our national ethos around ingenuity, from the shaping of economic policy to the protection of sociopolitical movements that fortify male power In the end, she shows how white men have long maintained a stranglehold on leadership and sorely undermined the pursuit of happiness for all It s likely impossible to write a comprehensive history of racism and sexism in 3,000 pages, much less 300 Rather than attempt to boil the whole ocean, Ijeoma Oluo focuses in on white male supremacy, mediocrity, and rage Why are some white men so mad at everything, why do they blame it on women and minorities, and why are they so unwilling to acknowledge any unearned advantage whatsoever The challenge with this topic is that racism and sexism are two of the key ingredients of that soup, so it It s likely impossible to write a comprehensive history of racism and sexism in 3,000 pages, much less 300 Rather than attempt to boil the whole ocean, Ijeoma Oluo focuses in on white male supremacy, mediocrity, and rage Why are some white men so mad at everything, why do they blame it on women and minorities, and why are they so unwilling to acknowledge any unearned advantage whatsoever The challenge with this topic is that racism and sexism are two of the key ingredients of that soup, so it can drift into feeling like an attempted history of two immensely complicated subjects, and come off as not being thorough enough in doing so Like So You Want to Talk About Race , this book covers a lot of different subjects under a central umbrella Buffalo Bill, Teddy Roosevelt, the NFL, The Squad, Ellen Pao, the University of Missouri You aren t going to find many books covering all these things One of the many smart choices Oluo made was to not just make this a book about Dylann Roof types, but show that white male rage and inadequacy is a widespread issue facing millions, not just a few Klan members and serial killers And the internet has amplified these feelings, giving white male rage a place to gleefully threaten and troll people, giving them a missing sense of identity as resisters Are there other areas Oluo could have covered for this topic Of course there are And it s unfortunate this book was finished before Covid and George Floyd, because there s so much material there After finishing the book I felt like I enjoyed it, but left a little unfulfilled If you read a lot of news articles or books about this subject, you might not feel like there s a lot new here If you don t, this is a really great overview I m hovering somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but I ll go 4 because I acknowledge the importance of the subject and the incredible difficulty of putting the perfect combination of stories together to cover it Note I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Net Galley 3 7 20Really really want to read this book 30 11 19That title though You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website 3 7 20Really really want to read this book 30 11 19That title though You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website I read read So You Want to Talk About Race and it was extremely eye opening so I am super excited to see what Ijeoma coming next Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram I read read So You Want to Talk About Race and it was extremely eye opening so I am super excited to see what Ijeoma coming next Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram An intense and satisfying read I love nonfiction like this Sociopolitical analysis and examining societal issues through a specific lens is like food for my brain Now, I went in agreeing with the thesis, so this went down easy for me This will be a frustrating, uncomfortable read for those who don t like the central idea that white supremacy, specifically the mediocrity of white men, has lead to a legacy of oppressive and pervasive systems as well as many of our societal failures But I lik An intense and satisfying read I love nonfiction like this Sociopolitical analysis and examining societal issues through a specific lens is like food for my brain Now, I went in agreeing with the thesis, so this went down easy for me This will be a frustrating, uncomfortable read for those who don t like the central idea that white supremacy, specifically the mediocrity of white men, has lead to a legacy of oppressive and pervasive systems as well as many of our societal failures But I liked this lens for exploring aspects of American history, current politics, the feminism movement, higher education, football yes andI learned a lot reading this book specific stories from history that I didn t know in the specifics, even if their implications were something I knew down in my gut The book is intersectional yes, white male mediocrity is the central thesis, but Oluo is very inclusive and covers a ton of ground, re Black and POC women vs whiteness but also how all women are harmed by male supremacy, etc and so forth There s a lot of nuance, including the ways white male supremacy is a lie for and in turn hurts white men.Recommended as brain food if the thesis interests you I would have happily read , honestly