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Social Activism, Civil Disobedience and Anti-Racism Movements: Anti-Racism

A guide on Activism, Protest, Social Movements and Police Response to Civil Unrest

First Steps

 check OneSearch for access to ebooks of the titles listed below. Please also note that many of the book titles below are available as ebooks to borrow at NYPL and other public libraries, which are able to purchase access to different e-books than academic libraries can.

A few suggested subject terms for finding resources: Anti-Racist Education | Students of Color | African Americans -- Social conditions | Whites -- Race Identity | Race Identity | Racism

University of Michigan Libraries Guide to Conducting Research Through an Anti-Racism Lens

Books on Anti-Racism

Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform by Derrick Bell

Baptist, E., ed., (2014).The half has never been told: slavery and the making of American capitalism.

from Tatiana Mac: How to make meaningful change: Save the Tears: White Woman's Guide

  • An Indigenous People's History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • How To Be Antiracist, Ibram X Kendi [see also this New Yorker book review]
  • How To Be Less Stupid About Race, Crystal M Fleming
  • Killing Rage, bell hooks - Stacks E 185.615 .H645 1995
  • So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo - Stacks E184.A1 O454 2019
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander - Available as an E-Book, Reserve Room/3 hour loan & Stacks - HV9950 .A437 2012
  • They Were Her Property, Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
  • White Tears, Brown Scars, Ruby Hamad
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge (UK-centric) - Stacks DA125.A1 E33 2017

If you want to understand how tech is complicit in perpetuating systems of oppression:

  • Algorithms of Oppression: How search engines reinforce racism. Safiya Noble - Stacks ZA4230 .N63 2018
  • Rage Inside The Machine, Rob Smith
  • Technically Wrong, Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Anti-Racism book list compiled by the Washington D.C Public Library [Titles link to Ebook record at NYPL]

Why We Can’t Wait, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -  Stacks E185.61 .K54 2000b and E185.61 .K54 1964b

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Our Movement. by Charlene Carruthers

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo - Stacks HT1521 .D486 2018 Please note that this work is a study of American whiteness, not anti-racism. As pointed out by Lauren Michelle Jackson in Slate and many others.

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. by Manning Marable - Stacks BP223 .Z8 L57636 2011

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, by Janet Mock [NYPL E-Audiobook]

Sister Outsider—Essays and Speeches Crossing Press Feminist Series, Book 1, by Audre Lorde - Stacks PS3562 .O75 S5 2007PS3562.O75 S5 1984

So You Want to Talk about Race, by Ijeoma Oluo. - Stacks E184.A1 O454 2019

Additional selected books not listed above:

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates available as an e-book and Reserve and Stacks E185.615 .C6335 2015

"Stamped from the Beginning". The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege in a Racially Divided America by Margaret A. Hagerman

Being the Change:  Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension by Sara K. Ahmed

This Books Is Anti-Racist:  20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and do the Work by Tiffany Jewell

Colorblind Racism by Meghan Burke

Anti-Racism & African American History - Secondary and Primary Resources

Academia, Teaching/Learning and Anti Racism

White Academia: Do Better by Jasmine Roberts

Deanna M. Blackwell (2010) Sidelines and separate spaces: making education anti‐racist for students of color, Race Ethnicity and Education, 13:4, 473-494, DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2010.492135

Brilmyer, G. (2019). Identifying and Dismantling White Supremacy in Archives:  PDF. UCLA.

Opportunities to read and witness the experiences of people of color in higher education can be found at #BlackintheIvory on Twitter

Chronologically Arranged Titles on Whiteness and Racism

A chronologically arranged list of books and resources on Whiteness cited by Lauren Michelle Jackson's book review of White Fragility in Slate 

Note - Many links in the article are to book pages on Amazon, consider checking OneSearch and NYPL and/or other public libraries for E-access to these titles as well as using Bookshop to buy from independent bookstores. The links below are to freely available resources or OneSearch.

1854 Frederick Douglass THE KANSAS-NEBRASKA BILL, speech at Chicago, October 30, 1854

1854 George Fitzhugh Sociology for the South

1899 W.E.B. Du Bois The Philadelphia Negro

1912 James Weldon Johnson  The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

1920 WEB Du Bois  The Souls of White Folk

1935 W.E.B Du Bois Black Reconstruction in America

1977 Combahee River Collective Statement

1988 Peggy McIntosh White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"

1992 Toni Morrison Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination

1993 Ruth Frankenberg White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness,

1996 Noel Ignatiev Race Traitor

1997 Richard Dyer White

2003 Alexander Saxton The Rise and Fall of the White Republic

2004 "Why Whiteness Studies?" Borderlands vol 3 no. 2.

2007 David Roediger The Wages of Whiteness

2008 Tim Wise White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.

2011 Robyn DiAngelo article published in the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

2013 Eric Lott  Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (20th ed)

2018 Robyn DiAngelo White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,

2019 Tressie McMillan Cottom  “know our whites.” in Thick

2020 Peggy McIntosh On Privilege, Fraudulence, and Teaching As Learning Selected Essays 1981--2019