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Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo is an interesting read that gives you exactly what you expect from it and more

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo is a wonderful read that gives you exactly what you expect from it and more. The eBook version is 336 pages. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in at 10 hours and is narrated wonderfully by the author.

All of Oluo’s language in this book is very clear and informative, and easy to understand. The lens that she’s focusing through for her analysis is viewing the mediocrity of white men that has led to many different oppressive systems and societal failures.

She covers a broad range of topics, but all harken back to the idea that white supremacy ends up hurting everyone. It hurts even the white men who believe the lie that if they don’t achieve all the things they think they deserve, it’s because someone who doesn’t look like them snatched it away from them. This book doesn’t just focus on white men, though, it’s intersectional. The author is very inclusive and also covers how women in general are harmed by male supremacy.

I definitely learned a lot in this book, including topics such as the early feminism movement, higher education and the Ivy League, the hypocrisy of Buffalo Bill Cody, and even football. I definitely need to pick up Oluo’s earlier book, So You Want To Talk About Race.

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