READING

A series inquiring into the work some white women are doing to show up safely for BIPoC and move beyond passive ally-ship to action driven co-conspirators.

Check Your Privilege
Myisha T
Book/Online Classes

In Pinckney’s meditation on a century and a half of participation by blacks in US electoral politics. In this combination of memoir, historical narrative, and contemporary political and social analysis, he investigates the struggle for black voting rights from Reconstruction through the civil rights movement to Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns.

Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy
Darryl Pinckney
Book

Challenging the belief that America’s prison problem originated with the Reagan administration’s War on Drugs, Elizabeth Hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source: the social welfare programs of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society at the height of the civil rights era.

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
Elizabeth Hinton
Book

This book leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Me and White Supremacy
Layla F. Saad
Book

In Medical Bondage, Cooper Owens examines a wide range of scientific literature and less formal communications in which gynecologists created and disseminated medical fictions about their patients, such as their belief that black enslaved women could withstand pain better than white "ladies."

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology
Deirdre Cooper Owens
Book

Examines the revolutionary changes that have taken place in finance, employment, politics and health and human services since the start of the digital age and discusses how algorithms and statistical models affects civil and human rights and economic equality.

Automating Inequality
Virginia Eubanks
Book

The systemic onslaught of toxic exposure and institutional negligence causes irreparable physical harm to millions of people across the country. But these deadly environments create another insidious and often overlooked consequence: robbing communities of color, and America as a whole, of intellectual power.

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind
Harriet A. Washington
Book

While racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them–and in the process, gives us reason to hope.

Stamped from the Beginning
Ibrahim X. Kendi
Book

Describes how conservatives in government are using race-baiting to coax the middle class with promises of curbing crime, stopping undocumented immigration and even halting Islamic infiltration into voting for right-wing policies that ultimately hurt them and favor the rich.

Dog Whistle Politics
Ian Haney Lopez
Book

This book attempts to jog public discussion of policing by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control and demonstrating how the expanded role of the police is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety.

The End of Policing
Alex S. Vitale
Book

Race for Profit uncovers how exploitative real estate practices continued well after housing discrimination was banned. The same racist structures and individuals remained intact after redlining’s end, and close relationships between regulators and the industry created incentives to ignore improprieties.

Race for Profit
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Book

Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race
Reni Eddo-Lodge
Book
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