Antiracism Resources


We are all learning about the disease of racism, an illness from which all Americans suffer. Since the election of 2016, I and a group of fellow readers and writers have dedicated our reading time to learning as much as we can from our Black brothers and sisters. In the name of helping each other in our attempts to get well, I have compiled the beginnings of a list of books, films, resources, and the curated lists of others which I have found helpful, transformative, enlightening. Please feel free to add your own in the comments below–this list is FAR from exhaustive! Where possible, we have linked to Black-owned bookshops.


Contemporary Civil Rights Issues 

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Also, for Young Readers (though it’s so fabulous, I almost prefer it) Stamped, by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates–seminal for me.

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin–this is so fantastic, and a must-read. It’s really just two long essays. Coates bases his letter to his son in Between the World.. on Baldwin’s “My Dungeon Shook: Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation”

 Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson 

The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t and Why by Jabari Asim 

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel 

The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues by Angela Y. Davis 

Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice by Si Kahn 

The House That Race Built edited by Wahneema Lubiano

Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century by Monique W. Morris 

The Color of Law: a Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect by Robert J. Sampson 

The News: A User’s Manual by Alain De Botton 

Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism by Jealous T. Ann 

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Mat Taibbi 

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire 

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise 

Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk 

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class Ian Haney-Lopez 


The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore 

The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir by Michele Norris 

High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America by Jessica B. Harris 

March, Book 1 by John Lewis 

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward 

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 

At the Elbows of My Elders by Gail Milissa Grant 

A Mighty Long Way by Liza Frazier Page & Carlotta Walls Lanier 

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin 

Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles Blow

Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice by Silvia Bell White 

Novels and Stories Exploring Race 

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Beloved, by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson 

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi 

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout 

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 

A Taste of Honey by Jabari Asim 

Betsey Brown by Ntozake Shange 

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines 

Native Son by Richard Wright 

No No Boy by John Okada

King Hedley II by August Wilson 

Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse 

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison 

All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color by Jina Ortiz 

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

Policing and Incarceration 

Rise of the Warrior Cop by Radley Balko 

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 

Losing Legitimacy by Gary Lafree 

Mass Incarceration on Trial by Jonathan Simon 

Suspicion Nation by Lisa Bloom 

The Central Park Five by Sarah Burns

Arbitrary Justice by Angela J. Davis 

Life in Prison by Stanley “Tookie” Williams 

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin 

Why Are So Many Black Men in Prison? By Demico Boothe 

Civil Rights History 

Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce Watson 

Lynching of Cleo Wright by Dominic J. Capeci JR 

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell 

The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America by James T. Patterson 

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 

American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan 

A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls Lanier 

Olivia’s Story: The Conspiracy of Heroes Behind Shelley V. Kraemer by Jeffrey S. Copeland

Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Chappell 

Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis That Shocked the Nation by Elizabeth Jacoway 

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose 

Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America by Elliot Jaspin 

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington 

Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919 by William Tuttle 

Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn Sokol Jason 

A Black Gambler’s World of Liquor, Vice, and Presidential Politics: William Thomas Scott of Illinois, 1839-1917 by Bruce Mouser, Henry Louis Gates Jr. 

Black Moses: The Story of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association by E. David Cronon 

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James Loewen 


13th, 2016


Malcolm X

The Hurricane

Good Trouble



“There is No Secret to Writing About People Who Do Not Look Like You” – Brandon Taylor 

“Writing the Other: Learn to write characters very different from you sensitively and convincingly” 

“12 Fundamentals Of Writing “The Other” (And The Self)” – Daniel José Older 

“Why Is Everyone Arguing About the Novel American Dirt?” – Rebecca Alter, Vulture. 07 Feb. 2020

“How to Unlearn Everything – When it comes to writing the ‘other,’ what questions are we not asking?” – Alexander Chee

“American Dirt’ Author Jeanine Cummins Answers Vocal Critics,” 24 Jan. 2020, NPR

“Unconscious Bias, Stereotypes, and Microaggressions: How to Prevent These Subtle Forms of Discrimination from Affecting Your Workplace.” Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination eBook, Brookhaven National Laboratory. ​

“J.K. Rowling’s latest Dumbledore comment feels like a cop-out.” – Holly Thomas, CNN, 24 March, 2019

How microaggressions are like mosquito bites.” YouTube, uploaded by Fusion Comedy, 05 Oct. 2016

Getting Called Out: How to Apologize.” YouTube, uploaded by Franchesca Ramsey, 06 Sept. 2013.

Read Audre Lorde’s “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference” immediately.

Tell the story. Write a cultural comment and submit to journals and magazines you read like poet Danez Smith did in “Crying, Laughing, Crying at the George Floyd Protests in Minneapolis” for the New Yorker.

Blow the whistle on issues that need reform like young adult author L.L. McKinney did with the hashtag, #PublishingPaidMe

Buy, recommend, and gift books by Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and share work by Black writers on all social media platforms like “George Floyd” a poem by Terrance Hayes

To be an ally implies action. Speak up and speak out. Donate to a bail fund to support protestors of injustice.