Understanding and Dismantling Racism: A Booklist for White Readers

Since Trayvon Martin was murdered in 2012, we have seen a renewed investment from white people in our community who want tools to help gain a foothold in their struggles to understand the ways that racism and white supremacy opperate in their minds, their families, and the larger world. The most recent police killings have renewed the urgency of the struggle in the minds of many white people and we are getting lots of calls and requests for help. Below is a list which is designed to meet a broad variety of reader's needs and experiences. Some of these books, like The Charleston Syllabus address our contemporary moment, some like Waking Up White, How I Shed My Skin, and White Like Me, are first person accounts of how individual white people came to understand themselves as white and to desire an end to white supremacy. These are books we recommend which are all currently in print and available online from us 24/7 or in our store at 1189 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307. (404) 524-0304. We also released a book list for teens and children, which you can find here. There is no time for inaction. We have all the tools we need. Only white people can end white supremacy. 

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780865716889
Availability: Out of Print
Published: New Society Publishers - September 27th, 2011

In 2008 the United States elected its first black president, and recent polls show that only twenty-two percent of white people in the United States believe that racism is a major societal problem. On the surface, it may seem to be in decline. However, the evidence of discrimination persists throughout our society.

Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442220553
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - July 29th, 2013

The fifth edition of Racism without Racists is available in June 2017. The paperback ISBN for the fifth edition is 9781442276239. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for--and ultimately justify--racial inequalities.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465083619
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Published: Basic Books - January 17th, 2003

The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism-now fully revised and updated

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593764258
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Published: Soft Skull Press - September 13th, 2011

With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607092575
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Published: R & L Education - January 1st, 2010

Witnessing Whiteness invites readers to consider what it means to be white, describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations. The author illustrates how racial discomfort leads white people toward poor relationships with people of color.

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781119241980
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Published: Wiley - February 1st, 2016

Turn Uncomfortable Conversations into Meaningful Dialogue

If you believe that talking about race is impolite, or that "colorblindness" is the preferred approach, you must read this book. Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence debunks the most pervasive myths using evidence, easy-to-understand examples, and practical tools.

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching about Race and Racism to People Who Don't Want to Know Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617351044
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Published: Information Age Publishing - September 9th, 2010

A volume in Educational Leadership for Social Justice Series Editor Jeffrey S. Brooks, University of Missouri-Columbia, Denise E. Armstrong, Brock University; Ira Bogotch, Florida Atlantic University; Sandra Harris, Lamar University; Whitney H.

Towards the Other America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780827237094
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Published: Chalice Press - December 1st, 2015

Chris Crass calls on all of us to join our values to the power of love and act with courage for a world where Black lives truly matter. A world where the death culture of white supremacy no longer devours the lives of Black people and no longer deforms the hearts and souls of white people.

Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9780415874274
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Published: Routledge - December 11th, 2012

Knowingly and unknowingly we all grapple with race every day. Understanding White Privilege delves into the complex interplay between race, power, and privilege in both organizations and private life. It offers an unflinching look at how ignorance can perpetuate privilege, and offers practical and thoughtful insights into how people of all races can work to break this cycle.

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics, Revised and Expanded Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592134946
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Published: Temple University Press - March 1st, 2006

Taking a look at white supremacy, this work argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment. This work shows how whiteness works in respect to Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991331307
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Published: Elephant Room Press - January 9th, 2014

For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction.

How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616205348
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 23rd, 2016

More than sixty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that America's schools could no longer be segregated by race. Critically acclaimed novelist Jim Grimsley was eleven years old in 1966 when federally mandated integration of schools went into effect in the state and the school in his small eastern North Carolina town was first integrated.

Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories Cover Image
By Eddie Moore (Editor), Marguerite W. Penick-Parks (Editor), Ali Michael (Editor)
ISBN: 9781620362082
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Published: Stylus Publishing (VA) - March 2nd, 2015

While we are all familiar with the lives of prominent Black civil rights leaders, few of us have a sense of what is entailed in developing a White anti-racist identity.

Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780800662226
Availability: Backordered
Published: Fortress Press - September 1st, 2007

Brandt traces the history of racism, especially in white America, revealing its various personal, institutional and cultural forms. He offers specific, positive ways in which people in all walks of life can work to bring racism to an end.

America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America Cover Image
By Jim Wallis, Bryan Stevenson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781587433429
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Published: Brazos Press - January 19th, 2016

America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin.

Beyond the Pale-White Women, Racism, and History Cover Image
By Vron Ware, Mikki Kendall (Annotations by)
ISBN: 9781784780128
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Published: Verso - June 9th, 2015

How have ideas about white women figured in the history of racism? Vron Ware argues that they have been central, and that feminism has, in many ways, developed as a political movement within racist societies.

Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence Cover Image
By Chad Williams (Editor), Kidada Williams (Editor), Keisha Blain (Editor)
ISBN: 9780820349572
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Published: University of Georgia Press - May 15th, 2016

We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America Cover Image
By Elizabeth Betita Martinez (Editor), Matt Meyer (Editor), Mandy Carter (Editor)
ISBN: 9781604864809
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Published: PM Press - October 5th, 2012

A compendium of writings that detail the grassroots actions of social and political activists from the civil rights era of the early 1960s to the present day, this book reviews the major points of intersection between white supremacy and the war machine through historic and contemporary articles from a diverse range of scholars and activists.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632864123
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 31st, 2016

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016

Killing Rage: Ending Racism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805050271
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Published: Holt McDougal - October 15th, 1996

One of our country's premier cultural and social critics, bell hooks has always maintained that eradicating racism and eradicating sexism must go hand in hand. But whereas many women have been recognized for their writing on gender politics, the female voice has been all but locked out of the public discourse on race.

The New Jim Crow Cover Image
By Michelle Alexander, Cornel West (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781595586438
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness.

Acting White?: Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190229214
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 1st, 2015

What does it mean to "act black" or "act white"? Is race merely a matter of phenotype, or does it come from the inflection of a person's speech, the clothes in her closet, how she chooses to spend her time and with whom she chooses to spend it? What does it mean to be "really" black, and who gets to make that judgment?

Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy Cover Image
By Chris Crass, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Foreword by), Chris Dixon (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781604866544
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Published: PM Press - May 1st, 2013

Organized into four sections, this collection of essays is geared toward activists engaging with the dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. These essays and interviews present powerful lessons for transformative organizing.

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610394574
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Published: PublicAffairs - August 26th, 2014

The last days of colonialism taught America's revolutionaries that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, over the last several decades, America's cops have increasingly come to resemble ground troops.

White Trash Cover Image
By Annalee Newitz, Matt Wray (Editor), Annalee Newitz (Editor)
ISBN: 9780415916929
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Published: Routledge - February 20th, 1997

First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Race Traitor Cover Image
By Noel Ignatiev (Editor), John Garvey (Editor)
ISBN: 9780415913935
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Published: Routledge - November 4th, 2010

Race Traitor brings together voices ranging from tenured university professors to skinheads and prison inmates to discuss the "white question" in America.

Feeling White: Whiteness, Emotionality, and Education Cover Image
ISBN: 9789463004480
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Published: Brill - Sense - February 12th, 2016

Nominated--Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award 2017.

Disrupting White Supremacy from Within Cover Image
By Jennifer Harvey (Editor), Karin A. Case (Editor), Robin Hawley Gorsline (Editor)
ISBN: 9780829816075
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Published: Pilgrim Press - May 13th, 2008

Through careful, thoughful examination of the nature and workings of race, racism, and white supremacy, the contributors--an all-white group of theologians, ethicists, teachers, ministers, and activits--have provided a resource that will help white people do their own souls, acknowledging its devasting effects on people of color, and taking their own steps toward it's abolishment.

Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935554660
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Published: Melville House Publishing - September 16th, 2011


Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Nation Books - August 15th, 2017

Winner of the 2016 Nation Book Award, nonfiction

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807028025
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Published: Beacon Press - January 3rd, 2017

A New York Times Best Seller

Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, a prominent scholar offers a new approach to teaching and learning for every stakeholder in urban education.

Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780521702591
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Published: Cambridge University Press - February 1st, 2010

While overt prejudice is now much less prevalent than in decades past, subtle prejudice prejudice that is inconspicuous, indirect, and often unconscious continues to pervade our society. Laws do not protect against subtle prejudice and, because of its covert nature, it is difficult to observe and frequently goes undetected by both perpetrator and victim.

Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813191720
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - August 1st, 2006

Anne McCarty Braden (1924--2006) rejected her segregationist, privileged past to become one of the civil rights movement's staunchest white allies. In 1954 she was charged with sedition by McCarthy-style politicians who played on fears of communism to preserve southern segregation.

A Promise and a Way of Life: White Antiracist Activism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780816636341
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - August 7th, 2001

How Jews Became White Folks: And What That Says about Race in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813525907
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Published: Rutgers University Press - October 1st, 1998

The fashion identities in the context of a wider conversation about American nationhood, to whom it belongs and what belonging means. Race and ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality are all staple ingredients in this conversation.