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  • Decolonizing Wealth, Edgar Villanueva
    Edgar’s sojourn into the soul and depths of philanthropy is equal parts thoughtful, discomforting, and illuminating. It challenges the reader to confront matters if race, oppression, privilege, and arrogance in the pursuit of humanity and social justice.
  • War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race, Edwin Black
    The author traces the many strands of the American eugenics movement and demonstrates that the movement ultimately inspired the mass murders of Jews and others by the Nazis in World War II.
  • Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 years of Landmark ACLU Cases, edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
    “Oluo gives us–both white people and people of color–that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases.” –National Book Review
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, Layla Saad
    “This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.” Amazon.com
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein
    “A powerful and disturbing history of residential segregation in America…”– New York Times Book Review
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Named one of Time’s ten best nonfiction books of the decade “From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the terrible history of the subjugation of black people in the United States”, School Library Journal
  • The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide, Zerlina Maxwell. “…the author outlines and defends her recommendations and strategies so thoroughly that the only possible dissent is a willful disregard for the future of not just the Democratic Party, but the future of all but the most privileged Americans.”―Kirkus, Starred Review
  • Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America, Conor Dougherty, 2020
    “…punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong….Dougherty chronicles America’s housing crisis from its West Coast epicenter, peeling back the decades of history and economic forces that brought us here and taking readers inside the activist uprisings that have risen in tandem with housing costs.”
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo
    “This slim book is impressive in its scope and complexity; DiAngelo provides a powerful lens for examining, and practical tools for grappling with, racism today.” – Publishers Weekly
  • How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States, by Daniel Immerwahr, 2019
    It is history, and at the same time, an eye-opener and a page-turner. In reporting our country’s history, the author describes our racism and the prices paid by peoples who were abused in order to build our empire.
  • The History of White People, by Nell Irvin Painter, 2011
    “This terrific new book . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”―Boston Globe
  • Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy by Talia Lavin, Hachette Books, 2020
    The story of how Lavin, a frequent target of extremist trolls, dove into a byzantine online culture of hate and learned the intricacies of how white supremacy proliferates online. Within these pages, she reveals the extremists hiding in plain sight online: Incels. White nationalists. White supremacists. National Socialists. Proud Boys. Christian extremists.. By combining compelling stories chock-full of catfishing and gate-crashing with her own in-depth, gut-wrenching research, she also turns the lens of anti-Semitism, racism, and white power back on itself in an attempt to dismantle and decimate the online hate movement from within.
  • Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo, Seal Press, 2020
    Through the last 150 years of American history — from the post-reconstruction South and the mythic stories of cowboys in the West, to the present-day controversy over NFL protests and the backlash against the rise of women in politics — Oluo exposes the devastating consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves.
  • White Trash – the 400 Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg, Penguin Books, 2017
    A bestselling history of the class system in America that takes on our comforting myths about equality, uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing—if occasionally entertaining—poor white trash.
  • Just Us by Claudia Rankine, 2020, Graywolf Press
    A brilliant and timely examination of whiteness in America. This consciousness-raising, bravura combination of personal essays, poems, photographs, and cultural commentary works on so many levels and is a skyscraper in the literature on racism.”―Christian Science Monitor

  • The Black Handbook for Corporate White America: The Real Corporate Journey of a Black Leader by James Holley
    This handbook takes a modern approach to what Blacks face in corporate America, focusing on the recruiting, hiring and retention of Black Associates. Xlibris, July 2020

  • How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society by Manning Marable, Haymarket Books, 2019
    A classic study of the intersection of racism and class in the United States that has become a standard text for courses in American politics and history and has been central to the education of thousands of political activists since the 1980s.

  • The History of White People, by Nell Irvin Painter, W.W. Norton, 2011
    [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”―Boston Globe.

  • The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically by Peter Singer, Yale University Press, 2016
    From the ethicist the New Yorker calls “the most influential living philosopher,” a new way of thinking about living ethically.
    “Singer’s argument is powerful, provocative and, I think, basically right. The world would be a better place if we were as tough-minded in how we donate money as in how we make it.”—Nicholas Kristof, New York Times