Allen Lane will publish Emma Dabiri's What White People Can Do Next, an "essential and practical guide that urges a movement from allyship to coalition".
Josephine Greywoode, publishing director at Penguin Press, acquired world English language rights from Emma Paterson at Aitken Alexander. The book will be published in paperback in the UK in spring 2021. Dabiri’s debut Don’t Touch My Hair was published by Allen Lane in 2019.
The inspiration for Dabiri's book came in June 2020, shortly after the death of George Floyd when she shared a resource on Instagram called "What White People Can Do Next" and was overwhelmed by outpourings of enthusiasm and relief from white people deeply affected by the racial justice protests unfolding across the globe but unsure of what to do next.
What White People Can Do Next will be a practical resource offering accessible guidance that will aim to cut through the overwhelming online discourse. Dabiri is said to interrogate shibboleths such as ‘White Supremacy’ and ‘White Privilege’, by combining her studies and personal reflection.
Dabiri said: "I was blown away by the response to my 'White People' online resource, and welcome the opportunity to delve deeper and expand on its themes. I think we’ve nailed how to say what we don’t want, but find it much harder to articulate what we do—let alone how to achieve it. Nonetheless I’m sure most of us can sense we’re on the verge of something; whether or not that’s teetering on the precipice of disaster, or on the threshold of a deeply renewed and just reality, the future feels like it’s hanging in the balance. My intention with this book is that it works as a guide towards ushering in the latter. This is a book about the part that’s often missing, about the ‘where we go from here’ and the ‘what’ it is we do next."