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Otegha Uwagba on Navigating Whiteness

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | 20 November 2020
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What is it like to endure both explicit racism and a more subtle pernicious form from the very people who believe themselves to be anti-racist? How do Black people navigate the gap between what they know to be true, and the version of events that white society can bring itself to tolerate? What does true allyship from white people actually look like – and is it even possible?

On November 20, author and podcaster Otegha Uwagba  comes to Intelligence Squared to discuss these questions and more. Her new book, Whites, On Race and Other Falsehoods, which addresses these questions, has been described by The Good Immigrant editor Nikesh Shukla as ‘sharp, point, clear and brutal stuff’.

Containing reflections on racism, whiteness, and the mental labour required of Black people to navigate relationships with white people, Whites is a record of Uwagba’s observations on this era-defining moment in history. In the wake of George Floyd’s brutal murder, the subsequent protests and scrutiny of institutional racism, it has been impossible to ignore how race is embedded in every aspect of our lives. ‘A reluctant expert’, as she describes herself, Uwagba will explore the impacts of whiteness; not only discussing its effect on Black people’s lives, but also how it can shield white people from truly facing their own privilege and prevent them from being effective allies in the fight against racism.

Join Uwagba, author of the  Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women, in conversation with Mariel Richards, CEO of gal-dem, as they unpick the complex interracial dynamics embedded in our social, political and economic lives.

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Otegha Uwagba – Sunday Times best-selling author of Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women and Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods. She is founder of Women Who, a platform and community for working women, host of the In Good Company podcast and brand consultant. Her part memoir, part cultural commentary We Need To Talk About Money is scheduled for publication in May 2021.


Mariel Richards – CEO at gal-dem, an award-winning media platform that spotlights the creative work of women of colour and non-binary people of colour. In her previous role as Head of Partnerships she negotiated partnerships and consultancy work with some of the world’s most influential brands, such as Nike, Penguin, Tate, V&A and the BBC.

Header Image: Oliv Barros, “Caido,” 2018/2019; “Caindo 23,” 2018/2019

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