July 6, 2019

CKL Book Recs: Race and Racism

CKL Book Recs: Race and Racism

By no means am I an expert! I am simply an avid reader* and have decided to commit to learning about race and racism through educational books. In particular, I believe in the value of reading the perspectives of people of color. However, most of these books center on the Black experience in America, particularly female voices. There are other minority groups, and you should read books from those perspectives as well! This list is not the place for recommendations on that, though.

Books I’ve read and my quick take:

  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (Just started this one. From Amazon, “an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America.”
  • On my list of “to read”:

    Books I’ve read and DO NOT recommend based on their centering of Whiteness (aka, avoid these titles, IMO):

    • White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

      *In the words of one of my favorite podcasters and all around boss, Aminatou Sow: “Read a book! I’m not smarter than you…I know nothing but I know *where* to find information. Stop asking people to teach you things. Get on Al Gore’s internet. Go to your local library. Go to your local book store. Read a book and save your own life. The world is changing. We are gonna leave you behind in the dust if you don’t do your homework.”

      Find more of my book recommendations on my site or on my Pinterest!

      Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for clicking through from here so that I can make a few pennies in compensation for the work I did in putting together this post! However, if it’s possible, I encourage you to purchase from Black-owned bookstores.