Even though it hasn’t really been possible for me to get together my normal posts lately, I still want to take a few minutes and send out some book recs for those of us who aren’t African Americans and don’t have first hand experience to understand what is going on in the US with all the protesting. Don’t worry, I’m not going to explain on my own, just share the books that have helped me grasp the level of institutionalized racism I grew up with and articulate it to others in my circles when they think it appropriate to make degrading comments or be otherwise offensive toward other groups.
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michele Alexander
- When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
- Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home by Anita Hill
- You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
- Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman – okay this one isn’t specific to only black women, but there are essays from black women specifically addressing issues they face and I figured they should be included anyway.
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
- The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward
- At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire
It’s never too late to see understand and start the work of unlearning racism.