White people – are we all riled up and ready to educate ourselves on anti-racism? We better be. One of the best ways to educate ourselves (and NOT burden people of color to educate us ad hoc because we’ve finally decided to hop on board with the right side of history) is to READ.
Lucky for us, some amazing authors of color have penned literature to help us educate, empathize and challenge our internalized racism.
If at any point while reading these books you feel uncomfortable – GOOD – that means you are growing.
Libraries may be closed but that doesn’t mean we can’t get some home delivery books or download ebooks/audible!
Before We Start
I’ve included Amazon links since quite a few of my readers do not live in areas with robust local bookstores. All links are Amazon Affiliate links in this post. If you click through my link and order your book off Amazon I will donate the affiliate kick back to a BLM charity and match it with my own contribution.
Please, If you live near a bookstore (black or other minority owned even better) please shop from your local bookstore instead. If your local bookstore is not open please consider donating to one to help keep it alive and thriving. Bookstores are the cornerstones of our societies. I’m including a link to an independent Black bookstore in Oakland that could use your help: https://www.gofundme.com/f/marcus-books-anniversary-fundraiser
Anti-Racism Literature – Where to Start
For the purpose of this post I am only sharing non-fiction literature. For me personally, this is my weak spot, but for others it may be crucial to start in the fiction section. To determine this you can ask yourself if you were exposed to books about cultures outside of your own as a child. Multiculturalism is often overlooked in children’s literature and if we don’t start seeking out work outside of our own cultures at a young age we can fail to build that muscle as adults.
Get comfortable with learning about new cultures and seek out the stories of people who don’t look like you – it’s magical, educational and builds empathy. In other words, it’s essential. I’m happy to put together a list of fiction books as well – but for now- let’s jump in.
Anti-Racism Non-Fiction Book List
Between the World and Me
How to Be Anit-Racist
So You want TO Talk About Race
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
And there are so many more available if you do a quick google search!
If the books are sold out everywhere and audiobooks aren’t your thing, they are all available on Amazon’s Kindle app – which you can download to a phone, tablet or computer. Including a link to a Kindle version of one of the above books below! Don’t let the idea that they are sold out keep you from learning! Please, take the time to read, educate, and challenge yourself to expose your own biases. Remember, learning is the important part – you will fuck up as an ally and make mistakes but keep showing up and educating yourself anyway.
The world needs you to learn, grow and do better.