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  • The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea, by Robert Wald Sussman, 2016
    “Sussman does a masterful job of tracing racist thought in western Europe and the U.S. from 15th-century polygenics through the eugenics of the 20th century to the continued racism and anti-immigration stances of today’s radical Right…” L.L. Johnson, Choice
  • Memorial Drive, by Natasha Trethewey, 2020
    “… a compelling and searching memoir, a look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse.” Amazon Best Book of August 2020
  • Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve. Stanford University Press, April 2017
    Crook County bursts open the courthouse doors and enters the hallways, courtrooms, judges’ chambers, and attorneys’ offices to reveal a world of punishment determined by race, not offense.
  • Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery From the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War by William G Thomas III, Yale University Press, 2020
    The author investigates lawsuits brought by slaves against slaveholders from America’s founding through the end of the Civil War.
  • Road Through Midnight: A Civil Right’s Memorial by Jessica Ingram, University of North Carolina Press, 2020
    A haunting monograph that presents narratives of struggle, injustice, unspeakable brutality and racial terror in almost austere fashion. . . . In showing us how everyday landscapes are forever scarred by violent histories, Ingram, the photographer, is telling us that the wounds of slavery, segregation, and white supremacist ideology survive in ways we refuse to see, in our cities, prisons, schools, and neighborhoods.
  • Long Time Coming: Reckoning With Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson, St.Martin’s Press, 2020
    “A sweeping overview of racism in America … A timely, fervent message from an important voice.” ―Kirkus Reviews
  • White Fright: The Sexual Panic at the Heart of America’s Racist History, by Jane Dailey, Basic Books, 2020
    In White Fright, historian Jane Dailey brilliantly reframes our understanding of the long struggle for African American rights. Those fighting against equality were not motivated only by a sense of innate superiority, as is often supposed, but also by an intense fear of black sexuality.
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present Illustrated Edition by Harriet Washington 2008, Anchor Press
    “This groundbreaking study documents that the infamous Tuskegee experiment, in which black syphilitic men were studied but not treated, was simply the most publicized in a long, and continuing, history of the American medical establishment using African Americans as unwitting or unwilling human guinea pigs. It covers a wide range of topics—the history of hospitals not charging black patients so that, after death, their bodies could be used for anatomy classes; the exhaustive research done on black prisoners throughout the 20th century—and paints a powerful and disturbing portrait of medicine, race, sex, and the abuse of power.”
    —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee February 16, 2021, One World Publisher
    “…a powerhouse of a book about the deep, enduring, cross-cultural, multi-generational, and real-life cost of racist policy-making in the United States. With intelligence and care….McGhee shows us what racism has cost all of us, as a society. And that cost has been brutally high, across the board. This is a book for every American…..” Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson, St. Martin’s Press, January 2017
    “One of the most frank and searing discussions on race … a deeply serious, urgent book……” ―The New York Times Book Review

  • The Matter of Black Lives, A Collection of the New Yorker’s writing on race in America, edited by Jelani Cobb and David Remnick, Ecco, Sept 2021

    More than an antiracist reading list, this collection of mindfully curated historic and contemporary New Yorker texts surveys a wide range of voices and narratives. . . . Cobb and Remnick have assembled a dialogue across generations of New Yorker contributors that encourages readers to engage with the nation’s history of racism and potential for change.” — Library Journal (starred review)

  • The Racial Contract by Charles W. Mills, Cornell University Press; 1st edition (June 21, 1999)
    Mills argues that the society we live in is a continuing white supremacist state. Holding up a mirror to mainstream philosophy, this provocative book explains the evolving outline of the racial contract from the time of the New World conquest and subsequent colonialism to the written slavery contract, to the “separate but equal” system of segregation in the twentieth-century United States. According to Mills, the contract has provided the theoretical architecture justifying an entire history of European atrocity against non-whites….

  • Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva November 24, 2021.
    Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. The fifth edition of this provocative book makes clear that colorblind racism is as insidious now as ever. It features new material on our current racial climate, including the Black Lives Matter movement; a significantly revised chapter that examines the Obama presidency, the 2016 election, and Trump’s presidency; and a new chapter addressing what readers can do to confront racism—both personally and on a larger structural level.