Book Review: Tell Me Who You Are

Tell Me Who You Are:  Sharing Our Stories Of Race, Culture & Identity, by Winona Guo & Priya Vulchi

This book was a terrible one.  Yet it is the sort of terrible book that is instructive in discussing the authors’ views of race and identity.  Such a book is worse than useless, harmful even, but even in a case like this one the skilled reader can find something of worth in this book, namely the understanding that identity is highly weaponized in contemporary culture and that the only identities that are acceptable to leftists are either those identities that have become deeply tied to victim ideologies (which this book demonstrates in many cases and a great many levels) or those identities that serve as a sign that someone is an ally of various subaltern groups that seek to become viewed as cultural elites.  Indeed, the most important diversities of this book are not included, as there are no conservatives here, no even moderate white men, and none of that religious diversity that includes those who take their religion and its moral principles seriously.  That tells you all you need to know about how skewed and how misguided a book this one is.

This particular book, which is about the right weight to club someone over the head with, is over 350 pages and is divided into ten chapters.  The book begins with an introduction.  After this the authors opine that “race impacts everything” (1) and that the past is the present (2), so that no historical wrongs can be forgiven or forgotten.  After that the author talks about the richness of faux diversity (3) as well as the way that even our best friends are strangers in some fashion (4).  There is a discussion of the way that words matter (5) and that people need to stop fighting among themselves (6) among the coalition of subaltern groups that the authors want to encourage.  There is a risible suggestion that everyone is “normal” except those who are actually normal in statistical terms (7) as well as a recognition that diversity is not the goal (8), but rather cultural control.  Finally, there are chapters on the search for healing (9) as well as the call to leftist identity activism (10), after which the book concludes with suggestions on how people can share their story as well as acknowledgements, sources, an index, and some notes about the authors.

This book was not a joy to read at all.  The authors made sure to include a great deal of coded language to clue in readers as to their worldview and books like this are likely used by many people to convince themselves or try to convince others that they have an understanding of what diversity involves.  Yet the diversity included here is only ideology deep.  So you have a lot of women, a lot of various kinds of Asians and Pacific Islanders and various tribal or mixed identities.  There are a lot of so-called gender minorities or sexual minorities included here.  The authors have done the reader a service in showing all of the kinds of people whose identity and whose views they accept, and if you do not find yourself included here, you can rest assured that in the eyes of the racialist authors and others of their ilk that your perspective does not matter and your identity does not count for anything.  When person after person in this guide talks about how they reject and look down on their conservative relatives, especially parents, this book is a reminder that the hypocrisy and double standards and insufferable arrogance of leftists is alive and well when it comes to identity politics.

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