Racism makes our economy worse -- and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and travels across the US, McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential -- and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all. "Our fates are linked," she says. "It costs us so much to remain divided."
Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Bold Type Books; Reprint edition, 2017. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti–Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.
Waking Up White by Debby Irving (printed book; audio book on Audible and Hoopla app) https://debbyirving.com/the-book/ Waking Up White is the book I wish someone had handed me decades ago. My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race. I also explain why and how I’ve changed the way I talk about racism, work in racially mixed groups, and understand the racial justice movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White‘s personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues.
"One of the most important books on race in recent memory." ~ Readers + Writers Journal Available at: Your Local BookstoreAmazon.comBarnesandnoble.comAudiobooks.com Waking Up White is the book I wish someone had handed me decades ago. My hope is that by sharing my sometimes …
Seeing White - A series from the podcast “Scene On Radio” from the Center for Documentary Studies, “Seeing White” looks at the racial structures of America, focusing on dissecting the oppressors rather than the oppressed. https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/
Just Mercy (2019) - Based on Bryan Stevenson’s best-selling book of the same name. Available on Amazon Prime.
The Hate You Give (2017) - Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. (Available on Hulu and Cinemax)
American Son (2019) - Based on the play of the same name. On a stormy night in a Miami police station, Kendra Ellis-Connor is waiting for a report on the whereabouts of her teenage son Jamal, who has suddenly disappeared. Available on Netflix
I Am Not Your Negro (2016) - In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
Segregated by Design - Examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy. Narrated by Richard Rothstein - author of The Color of Law.https://vimeo.com/328684375
Examine the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.
The Unequal Opportunity Race- African American Policy Forum. This short film produced for the African American Policy Forum shows metaphors for obstacles to equality, which affirmative action tries to alleviate. http://www.aapf.org/unequal-opportunity-race/
Kendi, Ibram X. How to Be an Antiracist. One World, 2019. Reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America. Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like.
DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press, 2018. The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2005. Library Journal calls Howard Zinn’s iconic A People's History of the United States “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those…whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.” Packed with vivid details and telling quotations, Zinn’s award-winning classic continues to revolutionize the way American history is taught and remembered.
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
Reckoning with what is owed — and what can never be repaid — for racial privilege.
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New Press, 2010. a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. https://newjimcrow.com/about/buy
“… There are currently over 35,000 immigrants in detention in the United States, and most of them are in centers under the control of ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. As the spread of COVID-19 overwhelms some areas of the country, the situation that many immigrants in detention are facing has become an urgent concern. ICE has already started to report that some immigrants and employees have tested positive for the virus. In this episode of Latino USA, we speak with Noah Lanard, a journalist who has reported on the conditions in these detention centers for Mother Jones magazine, and Joaquin Castro, Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "
“… placing race paramount to a social factor, and in the category of a biological determinant, supports unfounded truths that race is a biological fact. Scientifically speaking there is no genetic or biological difference between races. But then how can we account for the health disparities seen between races? The fact is health does not occur in a vacuum, and the social environments affect risk of disease as well as the sex of a patient. … Perhaps race should be placed in this area. But in order to place race in a social category, medical students should learn the impact of race on health from a historical point of view. It is necessary to observe how racial inferiority permeated medical education as fact and how these racial myths served as the basis for scientific injustices throughout our modern history. Acknowledging our history is necessary to stop the proliferation of racial injustices in medicine and appropriately treat all of our patients.” Jenice Forde-Baker MD, 2.6.2018
World Trust –www.world-trust.org– a non-profit social justice organizations that provides deep learning, tools and resources for people interested in tackling unconscious bias and systemic racial inequity in their workplace, community, and in their lives.
White Rage by Carol Anderson is, according to a Washington Post reviewer, “a slim but persuasive volume . . . [and] a sobering primer on the myriad ways African American resilience and triumph over enslavement, Jim Crow and intolerance have been relentlessly defied by the very institutions entrusted to uphold our democracy."
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis, author and leading Christian activist who was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo. His participation in the civil rights movement brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice. Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians–particularly white Christians–urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing.
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown is a very readable account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric--from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.
"13th (2016)" documentary on Netflix by filmmaker Ava DuVernay that explores the history of racial Inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans.