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Readings: Anti-Racism

SUGGESTED PRE-READING

  • Blindspot, Mahzarin R. Banaji
  • Racism Without Racists: Color-blind Racism And The Persistence Of Racial Inequality In America, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Biased, Jennifer L. Ebernhardt, PhD
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, James W. Loewen (white author)
  • So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

 

  • Define Race

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, Big Business,Re-create Race In The 21st Century, Dorothy Roberts

  • Define Racism & Anti-racism

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas In America, Ibram X. Kendi

How To Be Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi

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

 

  • Settle Your Feelings

BIPOC Learners should read: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment In Black America, James Forman Jr.

White Learners should read: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Race, Robin Di’Angelo (white author)

 

  • Continue Your Journey

Anti-racism is life-long work for all of us, there is no finish line. May we continue to move forward, instead of backwards. Start somewhere, start anywhere.

Page four begins the evolving list of resources organized by topic, and medium. Feel free to use the outline on the left to navigate the resources.

CONTINUING THE JOURNEY

 

  • How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young And Arab In America, Moustafa Bayoumi
  • The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism For The Twenty-First Century, Grace Lee Boggs
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America, Michael Eric Dyson
  • Ghosts In The Schoolyard: Racism And School Closings On Chicago’s South Side, Eve L. Ewing
  • How To Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy And The Racial Divide, Crystal M. Flemming
  • A Short History Of Reconstruction 1863-1877, Eric Foner (white author)
  • Tell Me Who You Are, Winona Guo & Priya Vulchi
  • This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How To Wake Up, Take Action, And Do The Work, Tiffany Jewell & Aurelia Durand
  • Why We Can’t Wait, Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • America for Americans: A History Of Xenophobia In The United States, Erica Lee
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement, Wesley Lowery
  • How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems In Race, Political Economy And Society, Manning Marable
  • Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
  • American Lynching, Ashraf H. A. Rushdy
  • The Politics Of The Veil, Joan Wallach Scott (white author)
  • The Origins Of The Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality In Postwar Detroit, Thomas Surgue (white author)
  • A Different Mirror A History Of Multicultural America, Ronald Takaki
  • A People’s History Of The United States, Howard Zinn (white author)

MEMOIRS

 

  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sing, Maya Angelou
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown
  • The Best We Could: An Illustrated Memoir, Thi Bui
  • Between The World And Me, Ta-nehisi Coates
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, Brittney Cooper
  • Lakota Women, Mary Crow Dog & Richard Erdoes
  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Cathy Park Hong
  • Good Talk: A Memoir In Conversation (Graphic Novel), Mira Jacob
  • When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
  • Paper Sons,Dickson Lam
  • Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese Laymon
  • Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock
  • Citizen 13660 (Graphic Novel), Miné Okubo
  • I Love Yous Are For White People: A Memoir, Lac Su
  • The Auto-Biography Of Malcolm X, Malcolm X

ESSAYS

 

  • They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Hanif Abdurraqib
  • Alligator and Other Stories, Dima Alzayat
  • The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
  • Black Is The Body: Stories From My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, And Mine, Emily Bernard
  • We Were Eight Years In Power:An American Tragedy, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race & Resegregation, Jeff Chang
  • Freedom Is A Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, And The Foundations Of A Movement., Angela Y. Davis
  • If They Come In The Morning...Voices Of The Resistance, Edited by Angela Davis
  • The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Bad Feminist, Roxanne Gay
  • Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches, Audre Lorde
  • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women Of Color, Edited By Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa
  • Some Of Us Are Very Hungry Now, Andre Perry
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, Jesymn Ward

FICTION

 

  • Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo
  • A Negro And And An Ofay: The Tales of Elliot Caprice, Danny Gardner
  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  • Welcome To Braggsville: A Novel, T. Geronimo Johnson
  • The Other Americans, Laila Lalami
  • The Year Of The Dog, Grace Lin
  • The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
  • Americanah, Chimamande Ngozi Adichie
  • All American Boys, Jason Reynolds
  • We Cast A Shadow, Maurice Carlos Ruffin
  • The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  • The Paragon Hotel, Lyndsay Faye (white author)
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

 

  • The Undefeated, Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • Something Happened In Our Town, Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
  • I Am Not A Number, Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland
  • Anti-Racist Baby, Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky
  • Dim Sum For Everyone!, Grace Lin
  • Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez And Her Family’s Fight For Desegregation, Duncan Tonatuih
  • Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock, Aslan & Kelly Tudor
  • The Day You Begin, Jaqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom, Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji, F. Zia, Illustrated by Ken Min
  • The Boy And The Wall, Palestinian Children in the Aida Refugee Camp
  • New Kid, Jerry Craft

PARENTING

 

  • The First R: How Children Learn Racism, Debra Van Ausdale & Joe R. Feagin (white author)
  • Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting In America, Nefertiti Austin
  • Teaching Your Kid About Black History Month (Article), Nefertiti Austin
  • Parenting Forward, Cindy Wang Brandt
  • Parenting Forward (Podcast), 
  • Revolutionary Mothering: Love On The Front Lines, Edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams
  • Raising White Kids:Bringing Up Children In A Racially Unjust America, Jennifer Harvey
  • We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood, Dani McClain

ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDIES

  • The Myth Of The Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism, Rosalind S. Chou & Joe R. Feagin (white author)
  • Two Faces Of Exclusion: The Untold Story Of Anti-Asian Racism In The United States, Lon Kurashige
  • We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, Deepa Iyer
  • The Making Of Asian America, Erika Lee
  • On Gold Mountain, Lisa See
  • Strangers From A Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, Ronald Takaki
  • They Called Us Enemy (Graphic Novel), George Takei
  • Yellow Peril!: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear, Edited by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats (white author)
  • Yellow: Race In America Beyond Black And White, Frank H. Wu
  • Alien Nation: Chinese Migration In The Americas From The Coolie Era Through World War II, Elliott Young
  • The Good Immigrants: How The Yellow Peril Became The Model Minorities, Madeline H. Ysu
  • Asian American Dreams: The Emergence Of An American People, Helen Zia
  • Asian Americans (Mini-Series), PBS
  • Long Distance (Podcast), 
  • Self Evident(Podcast)

CHICANX/LATINX STUDIES

  • Borderlands/La Frontera, Gloria Anzaldúa
  • Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of Pillage of A Continent, Eduardo Galeano
  • Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism, Laura E. Gomez [Available August 2020]
  • De Colores Means All Of Us, Elizabeth Martinez
  • Latinos Who Lunch (Podcast), 

INDIGENOUS STUDIES

  • Native: Identity, Belonging, And Rediscovering God, Kaitlin Curtice
  • An Indigenous People’s History Of The United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (white author)
  • Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, Daniel Heath Justice
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Idigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, And The Teaching Of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, And The Pursuit Of Justice For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Jessica McDiarmid (white author)
  • The Other Slavery, Andrés Reséndez
  • Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga
  • All Our Relations: Indigenous Trauma In The Shadow Of Colonialism, Tanya Talaga
  • All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward, Tanya Talaga
  • Everything You Wanted To Know About Indians But Were Afraid To Ask, Anton Treuer
  • Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life, David Treuer

BLACK STUDIES

  • The Education Of Blacks In The South, 1860-1935, James D. Anderson
  • The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capatalism, Edward E. Baptist (white author)
  • The Color Of Money: Black Banks And The Racial Wealth Gap, Mehrsa Baradaran
  • A Black Women’s History Of The United States, Daina Ramey Berry & Kali Nicole Gross
  • The Price For Their Pound Of Flesh: The Value Of The Enslaved, From Womb to Grave, In The Building Of A Nation, Daina Ramey Berry
  • Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness And Political Thought, Patricia Hill Collins
  • Selma(movie),. Directed by Ava Duverney
  • Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, Bell Hooks
  • March Trilogy (Graphic Novels), John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  • North Of Slavery: The Negro In The Free States, 1780-1869, Leon F. Litwack (white author)
  • Black Stats: African Americans By The Numbers In The Twenty-First Century, Monique M. Morris
  • Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Monique M. Morris
  • 40 Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, And Redemption of The Black Athlete, William C. Rhoden
  • From #BlackLivesMatter To Black Liberation, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • A More Beautiful And Terrible History: The Uses And Misuses Of Civil Rights History, Jeanne Theoharis
  • The Underground Railroad (Historical Fiction), Colson Whitehead
  • The Warmth of Other Son:The Epic Story Of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
  • African American History: From Emancipation to the Present, Yale University AFAM 162, Free Online Course

HEALTH AND MEDICINE

  • Just Medicine: A Cure For Racial Inequality In The American Health Care System, Dayna Bowen Matthew
  • The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot (White Author)
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present, Harriet A. Washington
  • Flatlining: Race, Work, And Healthcare In The New Economy, Adia Harvey Wingfield

LAND AND HOUSING

  • Evicted: Poverty And Profit In The American City, Matthew Desmond (white author)
  • The Color of Law:  A Forgotten History on How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein (white author)

TEACHING

 

  • For All You White Folks Who Teach In The Hood...And The Rest Of Ya’ll Too, Christopher Emdin
  • Not Light, But Fire: How To Lead Meaningful Race Conversations In The Classroom, Matthew R. Kay
  • Culturally Responsive School Leadership, Muhammad Khalifa
  • We Want To Do More Than Just Survive: Abolitionist Teaching And The Pursuit Of Educational Freedom, Bettina L. Love
  • Start Where You Are But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, And Teaching In Today’s Classroom, H Richard Milner IV
  • Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy, Gholdy Muhammad
  • White Teachers Need Anti-racist Therapy (article), Bettina L. Love
  • Everyday AntiRacism: Getting Real About Race In Schools, Mica Pollock (white author)
  • “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria” And Other Conversations On Race, Beverley Daniel Tatum, PhD
  • Conversation Starters with #schooltalking
  • A Framework For Teaching American Slavery
  • Teaching Tolerance Classroom Resources
  • Zinn Project Teaching Materials

IMMIGRATION

  • Create Dangerously:The Immigrant Artist At Work, Edwidge Danticat
  • My Family Divided, Diane Guerrero
  • Call Me American, Abdi Nor Iftir
  • Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay In Forty Questions, Valeria Luiselli
  • Enrique’s Journey, Sonia Nazario
  • The Devil’s Highway: A True Story, Luis Alberto Urrea
  • The Undocumented Americans, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

VOTING

  • One Person, One Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy Carol Anderson
  • Give Us The Vote: The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights In America, Ari Berman

MASS INCARCERATION

  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • Slavery By Another Name: The Re-enslavement Of Black Americans From The Civil War To World War II, Douglass A. Blackmon (white author)
  • Choke Hold: Policing Black Men, Paul Butler
  • Are Prisons Obsolete?, Angela Y. Davis
  • From The War On Poverty To The War On Crime: The Making Of Mass Incarceration In America, Elizabeth Hinton
  • An American Marriage (Fiction), Tayari Jones
  • Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption, Bryan Stevenson
  • Just Mercy (Movie), Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
  • The Nickel Boys (Historical Fiction), Colson Whitehead
  • Solitary: Unbroken By Four Decades In Solitary Confinement My Story of Transformation And Hope, Albert Woodfox
  • 13th (Movie), An American Documentary Directed by Ava Duvernay
  • When They See Us (Mini-Series), Netflix Original Co-Written and Directed by Ava Duvernay
  • Ear Hustle (Podcast)

WHITE STUDIES 

 

  • The Invention of The White Race: Volume 1: Racial Oppression and Social Control, Theodore W. Allen (white author)
  • The Invention of The White Race: Volume 2: The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America, Theodore W. Allen (white author)
  • White Rage, Carol Anderson
  • What Does It Mean To Be White: Developing White Racial Literacy, Robin DiAngelo (white author)
  • We Talk Different Episode #63-The ‘What Does It Mean To Be White’ Edition with Robin Di’Angelo (Podcast)
  • Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
  • White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege In A Racially Divided America, Margaret A. Hagerman
  • Waking Up White, Deby Irving
  • The History of White People, Nell Irvin Painter
  • Me And White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change The World, and Become A Good Ancestor, Layla F. Saad
  • White Like Me: Reflections On Race From A Privileged Son, Tim Wise (white author)

HEALING AND RESTORATION 

 

  • The Little Book on Race and Restorative Justice, Fania E. Davis
  • The Innerwork of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, Rhonda V. Magee
  • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma And The Pathway To Mending Our Broken Hearts And Bodies, Resmaa Menakem
  • The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systematic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing, Annealiese A Singh, PhD, LP

FOR THE CHURCH

  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James H. Cone
  • Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy Of The Doctrine Of Discovery, Mark Charles & Soong-Chan Rah
  • Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion And The Problem Of Race In America, Michael O. Emerson & Christian Smith (white author)
  • Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating For Justice That Restores, Dominique Du Bois Gilliard
  • The Very Good Gospel, Lisa Sharon Harper
  • White Awake: An Honest Look At What It Means To Be White, Daniel Hill (white author)
  • Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing The Way The Church View Racism, Drew Hart
  • An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation, Nyasha Junior
  • Recovering From Racism: City Ministry In “Post-Racial” America, Larry Lloyd (white author)
  • Woke Church: An Urgent Call For Christians In America To Confront Racism And Injustice, Eric Mason
  • Road Map To Reconciliation: Moving Communities Into Unity, Wholeness and Justice, Brenda Salter McNeil
  • Introducing Womanist Theology, Stephanie V. Mitchem
  • The Long Repentance (Bible Study), Mako Nagasawa
  • Let Justice Roll Down, John Perkins
  • Prophetic Lament: A Call For Justice In Troubled Times, Soong-Chan Rah
  • Beyond Colorblind: Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey, Sarah Shin
  • Urbana 1970: Racism & World Evangelism (Sermon), Speech by Tom Skinner
  • Jesus And The Disinherited, Howard Thurman
  • The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby
  • Footnotes with Jemar Tisby (Podcast)
  • Reconstructing The Gospel: Finding Freedom From The Slaveholder Religion, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (white author)
  • Centering: The Asian American Chrisian Podcast (Podcast)
  • Truth’s Table (Podcast)

ARTICLES

  • On Being Comfortable with Discomfort: Tiffany Jewell Explains What It Means To Be Anti-racist, Vanessa Willoughby
  • The Case for Reparations, Ta-nehisi Coates
  • Why I Am No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • EJI Lynching In America Interactive Resource, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Are All White Americans Police Officers?, Andre Henry
  • White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh
  • America,The House That Slavery Built, Tasha Williams
  • Blacks And Jews Entangled, Edward S. Shapiro (white author)

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