“The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.’ What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.” – Ibram X. Kendi
I’ve compiled a list of books that I want to read to further educate myself. If you would like to do the same and if you want to support black authors and black businesses, I’ve also posted a link to different black-owned indie bookstores below.
How to Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
So You Want to Talk about Race – Ijeoma Oluo
The Color of Law – Richard Rothstein
The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X & Alex Haley
The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Y. Davis
The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin
The Fire This Time – Jesmyn Ward, Kima Jones & Garnette Cadogan
When They Call You a Terrorist – Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele, Angela Y. Davis
A Thread of Black Owned Indie Bookstores
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