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As conversations about racism, white supremacy, and the responsibility of people in positions of power and privilege (in particular, white people) to fight against it continue to take place, many of us (myself included) have realized how little we actually know or understand about these complex issues.
I’ve seen a number of posts asking how and why it has taken this long and this many atrocities to make white people care to the degree they seem to care now about the injustices Black Americans face daily. I don’t have that answer. I don’t know. I’m sorry that it has.
What I do know is that reading and learning from others is an excellent way to educate ourselves—about any topic—but in this case, about racism and white privilege.
To be clear, reading is a great first step, but it is just that: a step. To truly use privilege to affect change means committing to a lifelong journey of continuing to educate ourselves, listening, and taking action.
For those looking to learn more, we have compiled this list of anti-racist reading, which is by no means comprehensive and which is curated from recommendations on social media and websites, including posts and articles from experts such as: @mireillecharper, @ibramxk, @ckyourprivilege, @tokenconfessions, and @vernonlibrary.
Scroll down for the list of 12 anti-racist books we’re adding to our reading list today.