I’ve been thinking about whether or not I was going to post anything related what’s been happening since the murder of George Floyd. I’ve been signing petitions, donating, and sharing resources on social media, but I haven’t posted anything here on my blog. There are voices in this conversation that are far more important than my own, but that doesn’t mean I get to be silent. Although I’ve been vocal in my support for the Black Lives Matter movement in real life and on social media, I didn’t want to be quiet about it here. Speaking up once doesn’t mean you don’t need to speak up again. And again. And again.
I was talking with my housemate yesterday about what we, as two privileged white women, can do, and how we can further educate ourselves. I started mentioning a few books and in typical me fashion, I told her I’d send a list.
So I thought I’d share that list. This is obviously not exhaustive. There’s always more we can do and more we can read in order to educate ourselves, but I hope that maybe there is something here that can help you start or continue to do that.
Before I get into it, here’s a few things I want to mention:
– I’ve read most of these so if you want to ask me anything about them, please feel free and I will try my best to answer. I’ve included some I haven’t read but that are on my TBR – these I’ve marked with ^. Like I said, this list isn’t exhaustive but rather a selection of books I’ve read/plan to read which I think are valuable contributions to the topic.
– I’ve likely reviewed some of those I’ve read. I’m not linking to my reviews here, because, well, it feels weird. This isn’t a post to plug my old content. My reviews should be easy to find if you’re interested. Instead, title links go to Goodreads.
– I’ve noted those which are not written by white authors. I’ve still included them as I think are worth reading, but I would urge you to make sure you’re also reading books about race by black authors and other authors of colour.
– If you’re going to purchase any of these, please purchase from your local indie bookstore or try Hive.co.uk, who donate a portion of profits to an indie of your choice. Alternatively, here’s some black-owned bookstores in the US you can buy from, and here’s some in the UK.
– If you’re going to borrow any of these books please, if you can, donate what you would have spent to a relevant charity or cause.
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni-Eddo Lodge
- The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward
- Men We Reaped; A Memoir, by Jesmyn Ward
- Citizen: An American Lyrics, by Claudia Rankine
- The Good Immigrant by Niklesh Shukla
- Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement, by Angela Y. Davis
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (white author)
- So You Want to Talk About Race?, by Ijeoma Oluo
- ^ How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
- ^ Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr.
- ^ White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race, by Robin diAngelo (white author)
- ^ The End of Policing, by Alex S. Vitale (white author) (this is currently FREE as an ebook, download here)
- Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
- Where the Line Bleeds, by Jesmyn Ward
- Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Small Island, by Andrea Levy
- Passing, by Nella Larsen
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison
- The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
- A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry
- Dessa Rose, by Sherley Ann Williams
- Noughts and Crosses series, by Malorie Blackman
Speak up. Keep learning. Stay safe.