Concerns about the way America continues to handle racial disparities have reached a boiling point during the past few weeks. Many have expressed their anguish over centuries of trauma inflicted on African Americans, Indigenous Peoples and people of color in this country; and rightfully so. In light of this uprising, there have been countless stories of solidarity and demands for justice not only from those within the culture, but those from Caucasian backgrounds both domestically and internationally.
With such a strong show of support from all 50 states and more than 18 countries around the world, extensive knowledge about race relations in the United States is crucial. We’ve compiled a list of books we consider fundamental for those who may not be as well versed when it comes to the struggle of black people in American society. You can find these books at your local library as well as on our shelves. We encourage you not only to read them for yourselves, but also to share them with others as a resource for building a strong foundation for the fight against systemic racism.
This list is just a start for those who have the desire to be allies during difficult times. For even more titles, click here. We encourage you to do the work of continuing to go against the grain of what you may have been taught, and further educate yourself on America’s cruel, complicated history of using intricate racist systems to facilitate the oppression of others. The work won’t be easy, but with your support, it won’t be in vain. And soon enough, we will be able to attest to the fact that a cruel, complicated history led us to a victory, one in which people of color were not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.