Now more than ever is the time to educate ourselves about racial inequalities in America. We’ve put together a list of 5 books written by amazing women that are a must read for anyone wanting to understand the Black Lives Matter Protests.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism
What makes this books so unique, is that it’s written by a white woman.Talking about racism and white privelige is difficult and something most people would rather avoid. But Robin tackles this head on – and invites you to do the same.
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Calling Black Lives Matters activisits “terrorists” has become a common practice among white racists (and our president) in an attemp to delegitimize the movement and the activists.
Cullors is a co-founer of the movement, and talkes honestly what it feels like when your own country calles you a terrorist when you attempt fight racial inequalities.
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
Pheobe Robinson is a NYC-based comedian, so this book put together personal ancedotes in a funny way that would also make you think about the everyday realities of black women in the US today. Case in point: why it’s never ok for a white person to ask to touch a black women’s hair.
If you prefer audio to listenting, Robinson’s narrates her own memoir on Audible, and this makes the experience even better.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
No list would really be complete without this book You can’t really understand racial inequalities in the US, without understanding how racial streotypes about black have led to mass incarecations. And, how our crimial system just makes it almost impossible for black people to avoid brush-ins with the legal system.
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race
The National Book Award-winning author of Salvage the Bones edited this anthology of essays and poems that engage with James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time. Organized into three sections, it looks at our legacy, the state of things today, and how we can work toward a better future.