antiracist reading list

Victoria Alexander ( put together and tweeted antiracist reading list.

You can find original tweets here:

since it’s twitter, i wanted to save the list here as well. the list is US-centric, but it’s not like the problem exists only there. we all could learn something from these books.

Starter kit

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Intermediate Kit

The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America by Anders Walker

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Topic Specific

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond – on poverty housing

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill – on police violence and mass incarceration

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen – on education, colonialism, and ahistoricism

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum – on education discrimination bias

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein – on segregation housing and discrimination redlining

Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy by Darryl Pinckney – on voter suppression and black voting

Biographies, non-fiction novels, personal narratives

The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

killing rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Black Feminism

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consiousness and the Politics of Emprowerment by Patricia Hill Collins

Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

In Search of OUr Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Black LGBTQ+

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movemnents by Charlene A. Carruthers

No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies

Since I Laid My Burden Down by Brontez Purnell

Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore

The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie

Black Centred Fiction

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Native Son by Richard Wright

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams