Confronting Racism

 Glenn Bigonet, M.A.

Social Activist for Racial Equity

Facilitating Discussions about Racism

 

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Books About Racism

 

Below is a listing of books I have read recently on the subject of racism. I am listing them in order of significance and strength of message for white people to understand the true picture and nature of racsim in our society today. I want to say trying to rank them is difficult as they are all great in their own way. The first three are, I believe, the best place to start. Most of these books are available in audiobook as well. These books are much of what has informed my thinking and my approaches in dealing with the sensitive issue. I have included a brief description of each book to help you decide what is most important for you to read. I will refer to many of these books throughout this website and try my best to cite them when appropriate. I invite you to read or listen to them at what ever pace works for you.

 

DiAngelo, Robin, "White Fragility:Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism", Beacon Press, Boston, MA, Copright 2018 

     This book is a must read for all white people who have any interest in learning about racism. DiAngelo is articulate in describing whites reactions to racism and how those reactions unintentionally but directly do racial harm.  

 

Saad, Layla F., "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and be a Good Ancestor",  Source Books, Naperville, IL, Copyright 2020

     This is a great book to read and do to gain a deep understanding of yourself and how you relate to many of the issues of racism. I highly recommend it and will be doing workshops based on most this book.   

 

Oluo, Ijeoma, "So You Want to Talk About Race",  Seal Press, New York, NY, Copyright 2019

     Ijeoma Oluo gives a clear description of many issues around race, how to talk about it and the ways we white people inadvertently do racial harm. I found this book to be invaluable. 

 

Menakem, Resmaa, "My Grandmother's Hands", Central Recovery Press, Las Vegas, NV, Copyright 2017

     Resmaa Menakem describes racism from a trauma perspective and through that perspective brings great understanding to the many ways we react around race from a white, black and blue perspective. Not only does he bring understanding and compassion, he provides easy practical exercises for all of us to use to become more at ease with oursleves and those who are different from us.     

 

Tatum, Beverly Daniel, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria And Other Conversations About Race", Basic Books, New York, Copyright 2017

    This is probably the most complete book I've read on racism that stresses the human developmental aspects and effects of racism. I really reccomend this book for all parents and teachers. 

 

Eberhardt, Jennifer L., "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Bias of What We See",  Penquin Books, New York, NY, Copyright 2018

     Biased from what I've learn is the gold standard in discussing implicit bias, how it shows up and how to confront it. Much of it's emphasis is on how bias effects law enforcement but I think there is value here for everyone.    

 

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo, "Racism without Racists" Fifth Edition, Rowman & Littlefield, London, Copyright 2018

     This is more academic than many of the other books but gives great information on the modern manifestations of racism since the civil rights movement.  

 

Dyson, Michael Eric, "Tears We Cannot Stop,  A sermon to White America", St. Martin's Press, New York, NY,  Copyright 2017

     Colorful and deep. Really helps to bring an understanding to the black experience in the US.  

 

Reynolds, Jason & Kendi, Ibram X., "Stamped: Racism, AntiRacism, And You", Little Brown & Co., New York, NY, Copyright 2020 

     A history of racism written in a colorful and poignent way. This book is vital to understanding why racism is the way it is today  

 

Anderson, Carol, "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide",  Bloomsbury Publishing, New York, NY, Copyright 2016

     Carol Anderson provides a thorough history of racism starting from reconstruction. So much of the information in this book has been swept under the rug or white washed in our society. Reading such a factual history is vital.  This was particularly difficult for me to read as the level of pain, grief and anger it brought up for me was often overwhelming. Stick with it though.

 

McWatt, Tessa, "Shame on Me: An Anotomy of Race and Belonging", Random House, Canada, Copyright 2019

     Through sharing her own experiences as a black woman Tessa McWatt is able to bring racism more to life. 

 

Eddo-Lodge, Reni, "Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race", Bloomsbury Publishing, New York, NY, Copyright 2017

     This is another great book discussing the many aspects of racism. 

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