Some Timely Reading
Part of being a reader and writer is trying to see the world through someone else's eyes. Here are some of the books that helped educate me about systemic racism and white privilege.
Carol Anderson One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
bell hooks, Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider
Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns
Octavia E. Butler, Kindred
An unwilling time traveler is trapped in the slave era, forced to protect the white "master" who will one day become her ancestor. This book is a tour de force examination of what oppression does to both the oppressor and oppressed. Rufus starts as a friendly, open-hearted child who will "never" be like his abusive father. But the temptation of power is too much.
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
A family trying to move to a white neighborhood encounters soft-spoken racism that comes through loud and clear.
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
A teen watches in horror as a police officer shoots her friend at a traffic stop - and the media puts the dead boy on trial.
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