An Anti-Racist Reading List

June 02, 2020

An Anti-Racist Reading List

It's not the job of black people to educate white people on the history of racism, white supremacy, and how it permeates every aspect of our society even today.

It's our job as white people to educate ourselves; to learn the history we weren't taught, acknowledge the atrocities white people have commited and continue to commit, and learn how we're taught to be racist. It's white people's responsibility to educate ourselves and each other so we can dismantle systemic racism and stop the oppression of black people.

Your kneejerk reaction as a white person might be to say, "but I'm not racist!" and that's where our learning, or rather unlearning, begins. This is an anti-racism reading list. Read these books as many times as it takes for the information to sink in. Don't allow your impulsive and defensive reactions to the truth that's in these pages get in the way of you learning. All of these books are hard to read. The truth is difficult to accept. But it is the truth, and we need to listen to it, we have to accept it, and we must change.



Start Here

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Why I'm No Longer To White People Talking About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand



Continue Here

America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

An Indigenous Peoples' History Of The United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji, Anthony G. Greenwald

Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World by Uju Asika

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob
Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal

How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi

How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon, Kenrya Rankin

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

Mindful of Race Understanding and Transforming Habits of Harm by Ruth King

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele, Angela Y. Davis

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

"Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity by Beverly Daniel Tatum




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