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This book explores the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America, chronicling them from the Civil War to the present. Author Carol Anderson reframes our conversation about race and exposes the deliberate and relentless rollback of African Americans' gains every time they make advances towards full participation in our democracy. This book is an unimpeachable history of the long lineage of white rage, adding an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.
When folk say 'listen to Black women,' it's no joke y'all, and exactly right. As exhibits A-C, the 3 best books written on race/racism in the last several years were written by Black women: White Rage by @ProfCAnderson, Caste by @Isabelwilkerson and now, Mediocre, by @IjeomaOluo – source
Also recommended byMargari Aziza
A scathing indictment of white male America's deliberate efforts to subvert women, people of color, and the disenfranchised, this ambitious survey of American history explores the backstory of America's growth, from immigrant migration to sociopolitical movements that reinforce male power. Through interviews, research, and powerful personal writing, the author reveals how white men have long maintained a stranglehold on leadership, at the cost of everyone else's pursuit of happiness.
50 pages in and absolutely loving the newest @IjeomaOluo book, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. It brilliantly captures the dangers of this mediocrity (itself a symptom of privilege) for all, including the very white folks it benefits in relative terms – source
Also recommended byIbram X. Kendi
The Origins of Our Discontents
Explore the hidden caste system that has shaped America through this immersive and deeply researched narrative by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns. In Caste, Isabel Wilkerson examines the power hierarchy that defines our lives today, beyond race, class, or other factors. Through real stories about people like Martin Luther King Jr. and baseball's Satchel Paige, she uncovers the eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations. Wilkerson also links the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, showcasing how the cruel logic of caste requires a bottom rung to measure against. This eye-opening read offers hope in moving beyond these artificial and destructive separations in pursuit of our common humanity.
Indeed, I think it's the best book on the thing we call race and racism -- but which, as she notes, is really something else -- I've ever read... – source
Also recommended byBarack ObamaPreet BhararaAnthony ScaramucciChristine CaineBradley WhitfordRoger BennettTrevor NcubeTom PetersLisa Bloom7 others
Memoir of a Race Traitor
Fighting Racism in the American South
This modern classic memoir delves into the author's experiences as a white lesbian activist in the 1980s, fighting against North Carolina's far-right movement. With a backdrop of nine generations of her family's history, Memoir of a Race Traitor became a celebrated text of white anti-racist practice. Now, with a new introduction and afterword, the book explores the current national crisis driven by white supremacy and offers hope for a better future. An inspiring and politically potent read that transcends genre.
A must read book: one of the most important early influences on me when it came to understanding the concept of antiracist white solidarity...Mab Segrest is one of our most important truth tellers! – source