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                    Books Worth Reading

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                    By Ijeoma Oluo

                    This book guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action in an attempt to make the
                    seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they affect almost every aspect of life.

                    By Dolly Chugh

                    Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. But how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? This book is a guide to fighting for what you believe in.

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                    By Paul Kivel

                    Uprooting Racism offers a framework around neoliberalism and interpersonal, institutional, and cultural racism, along with stories of resistance and white solidarity. It provides practical tools and advice on how white people can work as allies for racial justice, engaging the reader through questions, exercises, and suggestions for action, and includes a wealth of information about specific cultural groups such as Muslims, people with mixed heritage, Native Americans, Jews, recent immigrants, Asian Americans, and Latino/as.

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                    By Robin DiAngelo

                    In this book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’” (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors, including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

                    The Souls of Black Folk

                    By W.E.B. Du Bois

                    A groundbreaking sociological work in African-American history, W. E. B. Du Bois’s novel explores the black experience in America following emancipation, while breaking down the ideas of racism and racial bigotry through precise scientific explanation and brilliant prose. Consider The Souls of Black Folk required reading when it comes to the struggle for equality and the moral and intellectual issues surrounding it.

                    The Fire Next Time

                    By James Baldwin

                    James Baldwin’s national best seller drove the discussion on race relations to the forefront of the American public conscience and gave voice to the burgeoning civil rights movement when it was first published in 1963. The book is comprised of two essays, the first of which is written as a letter to Baldwin’s 14-year-old nephew and focuses on the central role that race plays in American history. The second essay takes on the relationship between race and religion with rich anecdotes of his time as a child minister to meeting the leader of the Nation of Islam. Unfortunately, Baldwin’s deduction on the state of America’s systemic racial oppression still rings true 50 years on.

                    The New Jim Crow

                    By Michelle Alexander

                    Hailed by Benjamin Todd Jealous, the president and CEO of the NAACP as a “call to action,” this book by legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that racial caste in America is very alive and well, and has been merely redesigned through the U.S. criminal justice system. More specifically, Alexander shows how mass incarceration of black men, as a result of racial targeting through the War on Drugs, functions as a contemporary system of racial control that relegates African Americans to a permanent second-class status.

                    The Warmth of Other Suns

                    By Isabel Wilkerson

                    From 1915 to 1970, around 6 million African Americans fled the South to northern and western cities in search of a better life. The mass migration, in effect, realized a new America with the reimagining of urban cities, culture, and its citizens. Pulitzer Prize author Isabel Wilkerson focused this experience on three different individuals: a sharecropper’s wife from Mississippi, an orange picker from Central Florida, and an aspiring doctor from Louisiana. Through the real accounts of these fascinating subjects, readers are taken on a historical exploration that delves deep into the struggle, failure, and success in the face of oppression and prejudice of the Jim Crow era and life thereafter.

                    Native Son

                    By Richard Wright

                    This story of a young black man trapped in a downward spiral after murdering a white woman in 1930s Chicago has stirred debate since its publication in 1940. James Baldwin denounced it as a protest novel, while others hailed it as a literary canon of its time. Though the book remains controversial in the depiction of its protagonist, it is an important work that explores racism’s societal manifestations through the experience of a low-income black man in inner-city America.

                    Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence

                    By Derald Wing Sue

                    Turn uncomfortable conversations into meaningful dialogue. If you believe that talking race is impolite, or that “colorblindness” is the preferred approach, you should read this book. Race Talk the Conspiracy of Silence debunks the most pervasive myths using evidence, easy-to-understand examples, and practical tools. 

                    Understanding White Privilege

                    By Frances Kendall

                    Knowingly and unknowingly we all grapple with race every day. Understanding White Privilege delves into the complex interplay between race, power, and privilege in both organizations and private life. It offers an unflinching look at how ignorance can perpetuate privilege, and offers practical and thoughtful insights into how people of all races can work to break this cycle.




                    RESOURCES FOR TEENS AND KIDS


                    Watch

                    • The Hate U Give, a film based on the YA novel offering an intimate portrait of race in America
                    • Dear White People, a Netflix series about being black at a predominantly white college
                    • Hidden Figures, a film about the brilliant African American women of NASA
                    • Remember the Titans, story of a newly-integrated football team
                    • These 26New York Times mini-films for students

                        Read
                        • “Talking About Race.” Helpful resources from the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
                        • Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
                        • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
                        • Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
                        • Anything by Angie Thomas.
                        • The Colors Of Usby Karen Katz
                        • Skin Again by bell hooks
                        • Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
                        • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely



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