AN ESSENTIAL ANTI-RACIAL READING LISTResources
To help you feel involved, motivated and inspired even whilst at home we’ve decided to provide an educational list that primarily offers a few notable novels focused on racial injustice.
It’s often easily to feel powerless when reading the news at the moment, which is why we want to help you understand the history of systemic racism within America and around the world.
So if you want to show your support, learn something new or even listen to an engaged podcast, we’ve highlighted our top 5 resources and even included purchase links for each to help you save time!
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When They Call You a Terrorist, by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors
A memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement explains the movement’s position of love, humanity, and justice.
This is ultimately a gut-wrenching and powerful memoir of the prejudice and persecution so many black Americans experience at the hands of law enforcement.
This memoir draws our attention not only to the statistics and atrocities committed against black Americans, but also to the humanity of those whose lives were taken, and those who, still living, continue to fight for justice for us all.
Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, by Angela Davis
Numerous quotes by the pioneering activist Angela Davis have gone viral on social media in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death – but there is far more to be learned from the Black Power icon than can be contained in an Instagram post.
This book compiles Angela’s thoughts and essays on everything from the legacy of Apartheid to the nature of the Ferguson protests and the many ways in which racism has clouded feminist thought through the years.
Reflecting on the importance of Black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today’s struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles – from the Black freedom movement to the South African antiapartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.
Locking up our own: Crime & Punishment in Black America, By James Forman Jr.
Just as Metzl explains how seemingly pro-white policies are killing whites, Forman explains how blacks themselves abetted the mass incarceration of other blacks, beginning in the 1970s within this book.
Amid rising crime rates, black mayors, judges, prosecutors and police chiefs embraced tough-on-crime policies that they promoted as pro-black with tragic consequences for black America.
Since publishing this book in 2018, James won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, was longlisted for the National Book Award and was featured as one of the New York Times Book Review‘s 10 Best Books of 2017!
The Miner’s Canary, by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres
This is an outstanding explanation as to why racism is not a Black problem or a Latinx problem or an Arab problem. Racism is everyone’s problem, because as Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
This text highlights how minority communities have mobilized for and with one another, something present in recent social justice movements and what we will need to expand in this crucial election year.
White Fragility, by Robin Diangelo
Robin DiAngelo coined the term ‘White Fragility’ in 2011 to describe this process and is here to show us how it serves to uphold the system of white supremacy. Using knowledge and insight gained over decades of running racial awareness workshops and working on this idea as a Professor of Whiteness Studies, she shows us how we can start having more honest conversations, listen to each other better and react to feedback with grace and humility.
It is not enough to simply hold abstract progressive views and condemn the obvious racists on social media – change starts with us all at a practical, granular level, and it is time for all white people to take responsibility for relinquishing their own racial supremacy.
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Hello instagram! I’m new to this form of social media so I may be a bit clunky at first, but I’m glad to be here and to keep the racial justice conversation going on this platform. I will be trying to post regularly, working to amplify black voices, sharing links to various articles, podcasts, and other resources I think are necessary for supporting anti-racist practice. For white people who are just coming to consciousness and seeing their complicity in the system of racism, know that this is a lifelong practice. There is no evidence we can offer up that certifies us as "not racist.” It is more like being on a continuum. I may be "more" or "less" complicit with racism in any given moment, but I don't just one day "arrive." I need to continually ask myself, "How am I doing now?" And perhaps more importantly, "How do I know how well I am doing?"