Antiracist Reading

Updated November 3, 2022
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The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness
Alexander, Michelle
In a bold and innovative argument, a rising legal star shows readers how the mass incarceration of a disproportionate number of black men amounts to a devastating system of racial control. This is a terrifying reality that exists in the UK as much as in the US. Despite the triumphant dismantling of...
Between the world and me
Coates, Ta-Nehisi
A #1 New York Times BestsellerA National Book Award FinalistA profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a black father for his son, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present,...
White fragility : why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism
DiAngelo, Robin J.
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson),...
Long time coming : reckoning with race in America
Dyson, Michael Eric
AN INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER and NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE From the New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop, a passionate call to America to finally reckon with race and start the journey to redemption. "Powerfully...
Stony the road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
"Stony the Road presents a bracing alternative to Trump-era white nationalism. . . . In our current politics we recognize African-American history--the spot under our country's rug where the terrorism and injustices of white supremacy are habitually swept. Stony the Road lifts the...
Raising white kids : bringing up children in a racially unjust America
Harvey, Jennifer
Four hundred souls : a community history of African America, 1619-2019
Kendi, Ibram X.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A chorus of extraordinary voices tells the epic story of the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present--edited by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on...
How to be an antiracist
Kendi, Ibram X.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a "groundbreaking" (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society--and in ourselves. "The most...
Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America
Kendi, Ibram X.
 The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society. Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America -- it is more...
So you want to talk about race
Oluo, Ijeoma
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a revelatory examination of race in America Protests against racial injustice and white supremacy have galvanized millions around the world. The stakes for...
Blood at the root : a racial cleansing in America
Phillips, Patrick
A gripping tale of racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia, and a harrowing testament to the deep roots of racial violence in America. Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century was home to a large African American community that included ministers and...
Me and white supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor
Saad, Layla F
The New York Times and USA Today bestseller! This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color,...
Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption
Stevenson, Bryan
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX * A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential...
The blood of Emmett Till
Tyson, Timothy B.
* Longlisted for the National Book Award * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017 * An Atlanta Journal-Constitution Best Southern Book of 2017 * This...
Caste : the origins of our discontents
Wilkerson, Isabel
Beyond race, class, and other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people's lives and behavior. Isabel Wilkerson links the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, exploring the eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations. Wilkerson tells riveting...
Wilmington's lie : the murderous coup of 1898 and the rise of white supremacy
Zucchino, David
WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino comes a searing account of the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898, an extraordinary event unknown to most Americans. By the 1890s, Wilmington was North Carolina's largest city and a...

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