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10 Essential Antiracism Books

A couple days ago, we posted an article on how to be an effective Latinx ally. In it, you’ll find 5 ways you can do your part to support those fighting injustice and systemic racism in our police force. The first, and most important way to begin this movement is internally, which means you must educate yourself. It seems like we have been hearing these words a lot lately, and it may seem a bit overwhelming to think about – so if you’re having a hard time figuring out where to start, check out these important antiracist books…

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin explains the journey of African Americans from their origins in Africa, through slavery in multiple areas of the world and their fight for racial equality.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander explains the systemic issues with the criminal justice system and how it has been radicalized and weaponized against people of color.

The Miner’s Canary by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres explains why racism is everyone’s problem. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi explains the concept of anti-racism and gives a groundbreaking opinion on how to defeat racism.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo examines racial inequalities and explains how we can engage in this conversation more constructively.

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by George Lipsitz dives deep into the history of white supremacy and white privilege.

This Bridge Called My Back Edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa discusses the position of women of color within the topics of racism and sexism.

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur is the firsthand account from a major icon of the fight for black liberation in the ’60s and ’70s.

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz goes into the history of the continued struggles of the African American and Latinx communities and their fight for universal civil rights.

Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg by Vanessa K. Valdés examines the life of Afro-Latino activist, writer, historian and cofounder of the Negro Society for Historical Research, who was also closely involved in the independence movement of Cuba and Puerto Rico.

In this uncertain time, one thing is for sure… knowledge is power. Remember, change starts from within. We need to be equipped with the proper tools to inform ourselves and others. Confucius once said, “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” So, here’s to confidently hoping that education will bring the peace we need.

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