Please post resources that have helped you and may help others to identify and combat racism in all forms. This includes things like books, articles, quotes, movies, videos, speeches. No memes or jokes, please. Well, within reason.
Really good discussion of racism in sex work on the recent episode of pornhub podcast.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Probably a lot more by Toni Morrison I haven’t read yet.
A lot of southern gothic writers like Faulkner and McCullers have books dealing with racism.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a refreshing approach that will radically reorient America on the urgent issues of race, justice, and equality.
Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science–including the story of his own awakening to antiracism–bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.
Here’s an article that discusses both of these books
I would be a little weary of buying white fragility, it seems like it gives advice in a very managerial type of way from a white woman who does this as corporate consulting (she was paid at least $8,600 by the trump admin for diversity consulting). I would probably read material from black writers on their views on racism before even considering reading this.
Maybe this is a good blueprint of how to deal with racism in a corporate setting but I personally would probably get nothing out of this
These Truths by Jill Lepore. One volume American history exploring the tension between the words of founding documents like Declaration of Independence and the reality of American life since then. Just finished it and learned a lot from it.
In The Paris Review, literary critic Harold Bloom referred to Invisible Man, along with Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, as “the only full scale works of fiction I have read by American blacks in this century that have survival possibilities at all.”
I guess he hasn’t read Clarence Thomas opinions.
Happily I just learned that Bloom died last year. No idea how he lasted so long.