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Staff Picks: Antiracist Reads

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 12:06 PM by Elizabeth Land

Learn about Racism from this list of books.
It wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that many enslaved men and women in Texas learned about the Emancipation Proclamation and it made sense to them, and future generations to celebrate the days their lives changed personally. This day is now recognized and celebrated as Juneteenth. A good way to honor this date would be to discover the history of racism in the United States with your library. Below are a list of books we recommend checking out to broaden your perspectives.

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
    Summary: In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. KendiHow to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi book cover
    Summary: Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
  • So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    Summary: 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" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
Need more book suggestions? Check out our lists below:

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