13 Best Books About Racism Update 05/2022

Books About Racism

Those who are interested in learning more about the history of Black people in the United States and how to become more anti-racist can use this article as a starting point. This collection of resources, spanning more than two centuries, includes anything from historical narratives to more recent works on how racism can manifest in the body as trauma. White privilege is explained by both black and white authors, as well as essays and speeches by some of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, in the collection. There are other works of fiction and autobiography included.

Racism influences society’s mentality in many ways, from a young girl learning to love her body to the struggles of a family in need of food and shelter. While I’m sure there are more books, films, and podcasts that I didn’t get to, I think this is a good place to start.

The Racial Contract by Charles Mills

The Racial Contract by Charles Mills

Those who are interested in learning more about the history of Black people in the United States and how to become more anti-racist can use this article as a starting point. This collection of resources, spanning more than two centuries, includes anything from historical narratives to more recent works on how racism can manifest in the body as trauma. White privilege is explained by both black and white authors, as well as essays and speeches by some of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, in the collection. There are other works of fiction and autobiography included.

Racism influences society’s mentality in many ways, from a young girl learning to love her body to the struggles of a family in need of food and shelter. While I’m sure there are more books, films, and podcasts that I didn’t get to, I think this is a good place to start.

Black Visions: Roots of Contemporary African American Ideology by Michael Dawson

Among the most detailed analyses of the connection between black political philosophy and black political activity, this is undoubtedly the case. There are pieces on anything from Frederick Douglass to Ice Cube in the collection.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

In order to comprehend racism in the United States, this book is absolutely essential. Self-segregation is a technique to cope, but is it also an issue that needs to be addressed? That is the question we are posing with the title. According to Tatum, the time has come for an open and honest dialogue on race that cuts across ethnic boundaries.

The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy by William Julius Wilson 

William Julius Wilson, a renowned sociologist, provides policymakers with a comprehensive assessment of inner city poverty from the 1950s to the present, focusing on employment, race, and education. A new afterword has been included to the second edition to keep the original up to date. This is a good place to start if you’re interested in learning about the relationship between race and poverty in the United States.

Modern Black Nationalism: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan by William L. Van Deburg

Modern Black Nationalism From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan by William L. Van Deburg

Early black nationalism, including black power politics, the influence of the Black Panther Party, and the impact of the Nation of Islam’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, are all covered in this comprehensive collection of speeches, essays, articles, and pamphlets.

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

New Jim Crow challenges the concept that Barack Obama’s election represents the beginning of a new era of colorblindness. “We have not eradicated racial caste in America; we have only redesigned it,” Alexander claims of his accomplishments. She explains how the criminal justice system in the United States is used as a means of repressing minority communities. It has been hailed as a “call to action” by the NAACP.

Race Matters by Cornel West

Essays on issues such as leadership, black-Jewish relations, and spirituality are included in this collection. The West teaches us how to construct a new democracy by awakening our moral and spiritual selves.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson, the controversial lawyer who created the Equal Justice Initiative — a nonprofit law firm in Montgomery, Alabama – is the author of Just Mercy, the New York Times bestseller. Inmates, those unfairly convicted, and low-income individuals are all targets of this organization’s efforts. Even in its infancy, Just Mercy chronicles the firm’s early days, when it was fighting a city with the nation’s highest execution and death penalty rates for minors. There has since been an adaptation to the big screen of the true story of their campaign’s success.

Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis

An essential part of the course. In order to comprehend the racial and classism of the fight for women’s liberation, you should begin here. Abolitionists to today’s feminists, Angela Davis covers a wide range of topics.

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins 

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins 

Using the URL above, you can read through the full book for free. Using black feminists like bell hooks (bell hooks is purposefully lower case), Audre Lorde, Angela Davis, and Alice Walker as examples, this book is a foundational resource for understanding race and gender relations in the United States through the most essential black female thinkers.

Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory by Patricia Hill Collins

In order to address social inequality, the authors of this book propose methods for fostering intersectionality in social theory. For example, she introduces black feminist theory and the Frankfurt School to the discourse, highlighting intersectionality as a powerful tool for social change that anybody may use.

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

One of my all-time favorite anthologies of essays is this one. The essay “Poetry Is Not a Luxury,” which is described below, is one of my favorite pieces of writing ever and is included in this collection. To put it another way, the book as a whole is a triumph of lyrical prose and intellectual consideration of issues like racism, ageism, and sexism.

Ain’t I Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

Feminist history and philosophy are used to examine the complex interrelationships between diverse forms of oppression. Slavery, racism in the women’s movement, black male sexism, and the overall devaluation of black womanhood are all addressed in this work. Reading this book is essential if you want to understand racism from all angles, including how sex and class intertwine.

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