Weekend Reads: “Mediocre”

Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male AmericaMediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a real eye-opener about the ways in which mediocrity is all that is expected of and by white men in our culture, while women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized groups are expected to be both perfect and deferential in order to succeed.

Examining areas as diverse as college admission, professional sports, and politics, Ijeoma Oluo shows us how our culture shores up white male supremacy in ways both large and small. This is far from light-weight material, but Oluo’s authorial voice is both informed and intelligent … and the book moves along as a result.

Highly recommended.

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