If I were white, the first thing I would do is be really quiet. And read a lot. I would read a ton. And I wouldn’t tell anybody I was reading. I wouldn’t go up to my black friends and say “Hey, I read this book Between the World and Me, have you seen this?” I wouldn’t do that. I would just read a ton and I would study and I probably wouldn’t say anything. I probably would spend a lot of time searching.

-Ta-Nehisi Coates, Cleveland OH 11/2/2015


Books, Non-fiction

  • Alexander, Michelle – The New Jim Crow
  • Baldwin, James – The Fire Next Time
  • Battalora, Jacqueline – Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi – Between the World and Me, The Beautiful Struggle
  • Crass, Chris – Towards the “Other America” (free PDF!)
  • Iyer, Deepa – We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape our Multiracial Future
  • Kincaid, Jamaica – A Small Place
  • Kivel, Paul – Uprooting Racism
  • Muhammad, Khalil Gibran – The Condemnation of Blackness
  • Stevenson, Bryan – Just Mercy
  • Wallis, Jim – America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America
  • Wilkerson, Isabel – The Warmth of Other Suns
  • Wise, Tim J. – Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White
    • White like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
    • Dear White America

Books, Fiction:

  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi – Americanah
  • Baldwin, James – Another Country
  • Butler, Octavia – Kindred
  • Ellison, Ralph – Invisible Man
  • Kingsolver, Barbara – The Poisonwood Bible
  • Morrison, Toni – Beloved
    • The Bluest Eye
    • Jazz
  • Picoult, Jodi – Small Great Things
  • Walker, Margaret – The Color Purple
  • Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes were Watching God, Mules and Men

Books, Poetry:

  • Rankine, Claudia – Citizen: An American Lyric



Blogs & Columns


  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  • Black Power Mixtape
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Race: The Power of an Illusion (PBS Series)
  • Eyes on the Prize
  • 13th: From Slave to Criminal in One Amendment
  • 12 Years a Slave

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