Anti-Racist Reading List
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Hi everyone! We tried to provide links to ebooks when possible, and the * means the link is provided in column b. For the texts without links, check out your school or public libraries for audiobooks and ebooks. If you have the financial means to purchase books, consider buying them from black-owned bookstores. These instagram links display some of these stores: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA8H9qUlmXY/ and https://www.instagram.com/p/CA6EKt4DmPL
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If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for books to be included to this list, please email johnsonl62198@gmail.com and ashley7ny@gmail.com. Thanks!- Lauren Johnson '21 and Ashley Hodges '21
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IMPORTANT: Reading is just one aspect of allyship, and it certainly is not the final step. Use these resources for good. Discuss them with others. Share them. Listen to your black friends, black co-workers, and black peers. Take action. Donate. Take an AAS class. Send emails. Have difficult conversations. Protest.
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REVOLUTIONARY THOUGHTS
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Keisha Blain, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom
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George Breitman, ed., Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements *
https://edisciplinas.usp.br/pluginfile.php/531360/mod_resource/content/1/Malcolm_X_Speaks.pdf
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Gwendolyn Brooks, RIOT*
http://eclipsearchive.org/projects/RIOT/Riot.pdf
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Charles E. Cobb Jr., This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible
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Huey P. Newton, Revolutionary Suicide
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Assata Shakur, Assata *
https://libcom.org/files/assataauto.pdf
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Robyn Spencer, The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland
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BLACK FEMINIST THEORY
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Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherrie Moraga, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color *
https://monoskop.org/images/e/e2/Moraga_Cherrie_Anzaldual_Gloria_eds_This_Bridge_Called_My_Back_Writings_by_Radical_Women_of_Color-Kitchen_Table_Women_of_Color_Press.pdf
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Frances M. Beal "Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female"
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Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment.
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The Combahee River Collective Statement *
http://circuitous.org/scraps/combahee.html
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Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage
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Kimberly Crenshaw, “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity, Politics and Violence against Women of Color” *
https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mapping-margins.pdf
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Angela Davis, Women, Race & Class *
https://legalform.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/davis-women-race-class.pdf
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Saidiya Hartman, “The Belly of the World: A Note on Black Women’s Labors" (essay) *
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10999949.2016.1162596?journalCode=usou20
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Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider
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Kathrine McKittrick, Demonic Grouds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle
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Imani Perry, Breathe
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Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body
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Ntozake Shange, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf (choreopoem)
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Hortense Spillers, "Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe"*
https://people.ucsc.edu/~nmitchel/hortense_spillers_-_mamas_baby_papas_maybe.pdf
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Alice Walker, "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens" *
http://l-adam-mekler.com/walker_in_search.pdf
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Sylvia Wynter, "Unsettling the Colonility of Being"*
https://law.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/2432989/Wynter-2003-Unsettling-the-Coloniality-of-Being.pdf
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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, How We Get Free
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PRISON/POLICE ABOLITION
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Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow *
https://www.sciencetheearth.com/uploads/2/4/6/5/24658156/newjimcrow-ch-1.pdf
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Dan Berger, The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States
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Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?*
https://collectiveliberation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Are_Prisons_Obsolete_Angela_Davis.pdf
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Angela Davis, Freedom is a Constant Struggle *
https://www.docdroid.net/rfDRFWv/freedom-is-a-constant-struggle-pdf#page=5
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James Forman, Jr., Locking Up Our Own
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Avery F. Gordon, Globalism and the Prison Industrial Complex: an Interview with Angela Davis*
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6940/94a584fb7f305110d11abaacecec2938337d.pdf
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Joe Macaré and Maya Schenwar, eds., Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?*
https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/952-who-do-you-serve-who-do-you-protect
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Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
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Naomi Murakawa, The First Civil Right
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Stuart Schrader, Badges without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing
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Bryan Stephenson, Just Mercy
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Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing*
https://www.versobooks.com/books/2817-the-end-of-policing
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CRITICAL RACE STUDIES
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James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time *
https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/eng2100hmwe/files/2016/08/The-Fire-Next-Time.pdf
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Ta Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
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Cathy Cohen, The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics
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Matthew Desmond, Racial Domination, Racial Progress
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Frantz Fanon, Black Skins, White Masks *
https://monoskop.org/images/a/a5/Fanon_Frantz_Black_Skin_White_Masks_1986.pdf
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Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth*
http://abahlali.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Frantz-Fanon-The-Wretched-of-the-Earth-1965.pdf
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Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval
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Jonathan S. Holloway, Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940
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bell hooks, Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
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Michael Kats, Why Don’t American Cities Burn
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Aida Levy-Hussen, How to Read African American Literature: Post-Civil Rights Fiction and the Task of Interpretation
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Orlando Patterson, Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study
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Imani Perry, More Terrible, More Beautiful
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Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History
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FICTION
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
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Octavia Butler, The Parable of the Talents
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Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man *
https://bpi.edu/ourpages/auto/2010/5/11/36901472/Ralph%20Ellison%20-%20Invisible%20Man%20v3_0.pdf
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Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
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Zora Neale Huston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
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LeRoi Jones, The Dutchman and The Slave (two plays)
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Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
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ZZ Packer, “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere” (short story) *
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2000/06/19/drinking-coffee-elsewhere
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Ann Petry, The Street
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Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys
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Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones
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SHORTER READS
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Michelle Alexander, "America, This Is Your Chance" *
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/08/opinion/george-floyd-protests-race.html?smid=fb-share&fbclid=IwAR1jcTRtcosjNX_Jym8hvrryhQfp7In0Qx3pIDJK-iEYrU2M9CX3CbDe0JI
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Matthew Desmond, essay from 1619 project*
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/slavery-capitalism.html
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Coshandra Dillard, "Teaching About King's Radical Approach to Social Justice" *
https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/teaching-about-kings-radical-approach-to-social-justice
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Garrett Felber, "The Struggle to Abolish the Police Is Not New"
http://bostonreview.net/race/garrett-felber-struggle-abolish-police-not-new?fbclid=IwAR2OvP2vpQmqBjk0sMqEQgZmpXlYIc6PhKNfBVddZqaGvZVsNepcTIS5SXA
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Eddie Glaude, "Floyd's Death Shows that We Cannot Wait for White America to End Racism" *
https://time.com/5844645/george-floyds-shows-we-cannot-wait-end-racism/
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The Poetry of Langston Hughes *
https://www.poemhunter.com/i/ebooks/pdf/langston_hughes_2012_2.pdf
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Mariame Kaba, "Police 'Reforms' You Should Always Oppose"*
https://truthout.org/articles/police-reforms-you-should-always-oppose/
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Robin D.G. Kelley, "Black Study, Black Struggle" *
https://escholarship.org/uc/item/8cj8q196
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Imani Perry, "Racism Is Terrible. Blackness Is Not."
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/racism-terrible-blackness-not/613039/
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Bryan Stephenson, essay from 1619 project*
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/prison-industrial-complex-slavery-racism.html
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George Yancy, "Dear White America" *
https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/24/dear-white-america/
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Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor, "Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People." *
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/opinion/george-floyd-minneapolis.html
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