Race, Racism, and White Privilege Reading List.


The United States of America has a messy and unfortunate history of racism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy. For those of us who are white, unpacking our white privilege, learning about white supremacy, and attempting to dismantle the systems of oppression we have grown up surrounded by – even unconsciously by those with the best of intentions in teaching a “colorblind” ideology – can be difficult, confusing, and uncomfortable. This reading list was born of a desire to have a list of links to read and watch to help ourselves become better educated. If you have any links, books, essays, YouTube videos, documentaries, etc. that you think would be good additions, please feel free to let me know and I’ll check them out.

Links to read:
Links to watch:
Links to listen to:
Books/essays: Title. Author. 
  • Coming of Age in Mississippi. Anne Moody.
  • Migrant Daughter: Coming of Age as a Mexican American Woman. Frances Esquibel Tywoniak and Mario T. Garcia.
  • Intersectionality and Identity Politics: Learning from Violence against Women of Color. Kimberle Crenshaw.
  • Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America. Carole Boston Weatherford. (http://www.amazon.com/Gordon-Parks-Photographer-Captured-America/dp/0807530174)
  • Feminism is for Everybody. Bell Hooks.
  • Race Matters. Cornell West.
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Paulo Friere.
  • Sister Citizen. Melissa Harris-Perry.
  • Native Son. Richard Wright.
  • Outliers. Malcolm GLadwell.
  • The New Jim Crow. Michelle Alexander.
  • The House on Mango Street. Sandra Cisneros.
  • In the Time of the Butterflies. Julia Alvarez.
  • Just Pick One: Stories of a Biracial Girl. Tinesha Zandamela.