Books About Racism

I was going to write a post today to give a wrap up of what I read for the month of May or what I’m planning to read for June but decided that wouldn’t be right. There is so much going on in our country, so much ignorance and hate. It makes my heart hurt. I thought I would pass along books that I’ve either read or am planning on reading to educate yourself. I stand against racism.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo – This book explores counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. I haven’t read this, but definitely plan to as soon as I get it.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge – The writer writes about her frustration her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ that led to this book. This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while.

Ibram X Kendi is widely cited as a leader in anti-racism and has written two books:
How to be Anti-Racist – Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Racist ideas in America have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas – Although fiction, this book has familiar story. It made me think of Trayvon Martin and how ashamed I was that I originally sided with George Zimmerman. This book opened my mind and forced me to confront my own racism. I am so thankful for this book and highly recommend it. It follows the story of Starr Carter as she moves between two worlds. The fancy suburban prep school that she attends and the poor neighborhood where she lives. She takes a ride with her best friend Khalil when they are stopped by a cop. She witnessed her unarmed friend shot and killed by the cops. The story makes national headlines. Some call Khalil a thug, druggie, or gang member; protesters take to the street in his name. Everyone wants to know what happened that night and Starr is the main witness.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – A fiction written by a white author who did a TON of research. I’ve read reviews by women of color on both sides, some thing the book is great and some don’t. I thought the book was great. The story follows a labor and delivery nurse, Ruth. During her shift a baby dies while she tries to perform CPR on it. It’s parents are white supremacists and had Ruth removed from the care of their child the day before. Ruth is charged and it goes to trial.

These are just a few books… there are many more to choose from.

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