Why does everything have to be about race?

Join New York Times best-selling author Keith Boykin, in conversation with Tasawar Bashir, for a discussion exploring his new book, Why Does Everything Have to Be About Race?


The most toxic racial arguments share one of five traits. They try to erase Black history, prioritise white victimhood, deny Black oppression, promote myths of Black inferiority, or rebrand racism as something else entirely. They’re all designed to distract society from racial justice, but now we have the tools to debunk them.

With a mixture of personal experience, reportage, and extensive research, Keith Boykin takes a wrecking ball to twenty-five of the most widespread deceptions about race and shows us how to refute lies, myths, and misinformation with history, knowledge, and truth.

Keith Boykin is a TV and film producer, national political commentator, author, and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton.

Location: The Exchange, 3 Centenary Square Birmingham B1 2DR

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Date and time: Thursday, April 25 · 6:30 – 8pm GMT+1