Good Reads to Educate About BLM

There continues to be a global movement seeking to end systemic racism in our society. In order to be part of the conversation and change, it’s important to be fully educated on the issues. Not surprisingly, there are a host of resources to help. From books to websites and podcasts to documentaries to bring clarity to the issues, the questions and more. We are dedicated to being part of this ongoing change. And we will continue to share what we have learned and resources to help you do the same. Starting with this short list of good reads to educate about BLM.

Antiracism: An Introduction

by Alex Zamalin

The 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottseville, Virginia illustrated that racism is alive and well in our country. But it also highlighted a forceful antiracist movement as well. Alex Zamalin’s book is a discussion of the Black antiracism movement in the United States through a look at major events, figures and texts throughout history. Zamalin argues that antiracism is a powerful tradition that is vital to American democracy.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo

Antiracist educator and author Robin DiAngelo examines in-depth how white fragility helps to protect and perpetuate racial inequality. By fearlessly but compassionately addressing the defensiveness of white people and tapping into the emotions of fear, anger and guilt that surround cross-racial dialogue, DiAngelo gives a more nuanced understanding of racist systems. In this book, high on our list of good reads to educate about BLM, white people can begin to understand how they benefit from them. And how as a society we can engage more productively.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

by Beverly Daniel Tatum

First published more than 20 years ago, the latest edition of this book still stands as a landmark work. As a well-known psychologist and educator, Tatum answers the question posed in the title by a deep examination of racism and the cultural challenges we face in American society. This is especially identified in higher education, and how tapping into our own racial identities is essential if we are to communicate across racial and ethnic divides.

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Named one of the top 10 books of the decade by Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Oprah Winfrey. Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and hailed by Toni Morrison as “the most important essayist in a generation,” Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a bold and personal literary probe of America’s racial history through a letter to his adolescent son. By weaving together revelatory stories of his own experiences, reimagined history and emotionally charged reporting, Coates attempts to answer the questions, “What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?”

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander

In this book, civil rights lawyer and legal scholar Michelle Alexander offers a noxious account of our legal system and the jailing of millions of African Americans. In its tenth year in print, Alexander’s book is even more at the forefront of the discussion of race in America today. Jim Crow laws may have been wiped away decades ago but today’s criminal justice system, which disproportionately targets and discriminates against Black people has taken their place. As Alexander aptly observes, “we have not ended racial caste in America, we have merely redesigned it.”

So You Want to Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

A New York Times bestseller, Oluo offers a hard hitting but user friendly guide to talking about racism in America. This book provides an honest and clear look at how racism exists in every corner of American life, and offers readers of all races helpful dialogue to deal with racial biases and prejudice.


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