Anti-Racist Books To Add To Your Reading List

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#1.

So You Want to Talk About Race

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to model minorities. Oluo outlines her opinions on the topics as well as advice about how to talk about the issues.



#2.

How to Be An Antiracist

Ibram Kendi is the founder of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center. His New York Times bestselling book explains why neutrality is not an option. The book discusses concepts of racism and Kendi's proposals for anti-racist individual actions and systemic changes. It received a mixed critical reception.



#3.

My Vanishing Country

Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, this book illuminates the continued systemic oppression and broken systems experienced by Black Americans, specifically in the South. New York Times BestsellerWhat J. D. Vance did for Appalachia with Hillbilly Elegy, CNN analyst and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history Bakari Sellers does.



#4.

Hood Feminism

In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women.



#5.

Me and White Supremacy

A New York Times and USA Today bestseller by Layla F. Saad. This eye-opening book challenges readers to do the vital work of ditching your biases. Structured as a 28-day guide targeted at white readers, the book aims to aid readers in identifying the impact of white privilege and white supremacy over their lives.



#6.

Sister Outsider

A collection of essays from Audre Lorde, the late feminist and Black lesbian poet. Praised as landmark writings, Lorde speaks to racism, sexism, and more. It is a collection of essential essays and speeches written by Audre Lorde, a woman who wrote from the particulars of her identity: Black woman, lesbian, poet, activist, cancer survivor, mother, and feminist writer.



#7.

I'm Still Here

This book is a powerful account of what it is like growing up as a Black Christian woman in America. Channing Brown addresses some of today's most pertinent topics. The book became a bestseller during the mid-2020 resurgence of national interest in racial injustice following the George Floyd protests.



#8.

The Good Immigrant

Two versions of The Good Immigrant exist, one reflecting on American culture and the other focused on British contexts. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, troubling and uplifting, these essays come together to create a provocative, conversation-sparking, portrait of modern America.



#9.

White Tears/Brown Scars

An impactful book of history and cultural criticism that argues white feminism from Australia to Zimbabwe, has been a weapon of white supremacy and patriarchy deployed against women of color. White tears have a potency that silences racial minorities.



#10.

When They Call You A Terrorist

A poetic and powerful memoir about the founding of Black Lives Matter, a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free. Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, three women came together to form an active response to the systemic racism.



#11.

Minor Feelings

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning was the first autobiographical book written by the Korean American author Cathy Park Hong.



#12.

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a book by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar. This book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness.