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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  or call (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. 

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.


The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing Cover Image
By Anneliese A. Singh, Tim Wise (Foreword by), Derald Wing Sue (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781684032709
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Published: New Harbinger Publications - August 1st, 2019

Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620972991
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Published: New Press - September 24th, 2019

Back in print after more than a decade, the singular chronicle of life at the forefront of antiracist activism, with a new introduction and afterword by the author


Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781509526406
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Published: Polity Press - June 17th, 2019

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.


Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice Cover Image
$22.49
ISBN: 9780865718654
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Published: New Society Publishers - September 19th, 2017

Over 50,000 copies sold of earlier editions Powerful strategies and practical tools for white people committed to racial justice


The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation (Justice and Peacebuilding) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781680993431
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Published: Good Books - April 16th, 2019

In our era of mass incarceration, gun violence, and Black Lives Matters, a handbook showing how racial justice and restorative justice can transform the African-American experience in America.

This timely work will inform scholars and practitioners on the subjects of pervasive racial inequity and the healing offered by restorative justice practices.


Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Cover Image
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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.


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620971932
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly' Slate' Chronicle of Higher Education' Literary Hub, Book Riot' and Zora


Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race Cover Image
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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.


Witnessing Whiteness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607092575
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield 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.


The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching about Race and Racism to People Who Don't Want to Know (Educational Leadership for Social Justice) Cover Image
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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
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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.


Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501878077
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Published: Abingdon Press - February 5th, 2019

Living in a racially unjust and deeply segregated nation creates unique conundrums for white children that begin early in life and impact development in powerful ways.


Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race (Teaching/Learning Social Justice) Cover Image
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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.


How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood Cover Image
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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.


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

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killing rage: Ending Racism Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9780805050271
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - 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.


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

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


The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics, Revised and Expanded Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592134946
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Published: Temple University Press - March 10th, 2006

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

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.


White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017

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


Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History (Feminist Classics) Cover Image
By Vron Ware, Mikki Kendall (Foreword by)
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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.


Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories Cover Image
By Eddie Moore (Editor), Marguerite W. Penick-Parks (Editor), Ali Michael (Editor)
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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.


Acting White?: Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America Cover Image
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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?


We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America Cover Image
By Elizabeth Betita Martínez (Editor), Matt Meyer (Editor), Mandy Carter (Editor), Cornel West (Foreword by), Alice Walker (Afterword by), Sonia Sanchez (Afterword by)
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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.


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)
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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.


White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son Cover Image
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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.


White Trash: Race and Class in America Cover Image
By Annalee Newitz (Editor), Matt Wray (Editor)
$53.85
ISBN: 9780415916929
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Published: Routledge - December 20th, 1996

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


Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces Cover Image
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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.


Race Traitor Cover Image
By Noel Ignatiev (Editor), John Garvey (Editor)
$46.15
ISBN: 9780415913935
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Published: Routledge - April 30th, 1996

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


Disrupting White Supremacy Cover Image
By Jennifer Harvey (Editor), Karin A. Case (Editor), Robin Hawley Gorsline (Editor)
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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
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ISBN: 9781935554660
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Published: Melville House - September 16th, 2011

THE STORY OF SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND LITTLE-KNOWN ACTIVISTS OF THE 1960s, IN A DEEPLY SOURCED NARRATIVE HISTORY


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
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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.


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.


How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America Cover Image
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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.


Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442276239
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - June 9th, 2017

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for--and ultimately justify--racial inequalities. The fifth edition of this provocative book makes clear that color blind racism is as insidious now as ever.


America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America Cover Image
By Jim Wallis, Bryan Stevenson (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781587434006
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Published: Brazos Press - February 14th, 2017

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.


Living Into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America Cover Image
By Catherine Meeks (Editor), Jim Wallis (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780819233219
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Published: Morehouse Publishing - November 24th, 2016

While the dream of a "Post-Racial" America remains unfulfilled, the struggle against racism continues, with tools both new and old. This book is a report from the front, combining personal stories and theoretical and theological reflection with examples of the work of dismantling racism and methods for creating the much-needed "safe space" for dialogue on race to occur.


How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568588490
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 26th, 2019

This celebration of Black resistance, from protests to art to sermons to joy, offers a blueprint for the fight for freedom and justice -- and ideas for how each of us can contribute


How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807039847
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Published: Beacon Press - August 20th, 2019

A unique and irreverent take on everything that's wrong with our “national conversation about race”—and what to do about it


So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America


Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635572957
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where we’ll no longer need such a book. Essential." --Marlon James

“The most important book for me this year.” --Emma Watson

Selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for January/February 2018


What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy (Counterpoints #398) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781433111150
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Published: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi - May 30th, 2012

What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? In the face of pervasive racial inequality and segregation, most whites cannot answer that question.


The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631494536
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Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

New York Times Bestseller • Notable Book of the Year • Editors' Choice Selection
One of Bill Gates’ “Amazing Books” of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of the Year
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction
Gold Winner • California Book Award (Nonfi


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.


The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness Cover Image
By Rhonda V. Magee, Jon Kabat-Zinn (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780593083925
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Published: TarcherPerigee - September 17th, 2019

“Illuminates the very heart of social justice and how it might be approached and nurtured through mindfulness practices in community and through the discernment and new degrees of freedom these practices entrain.” --from the foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn
 


They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300251838
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Published: Yale University Press - January 7th, 2020

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History
 
“Compelling.”—Renee Graham, Boston Globe
 
“Stunning.”—Rebecca Onion, Slate
 
“Makes a vital contribution to our understanding of our past and present.”—Parul Sehgal, New York Times


More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780814767375
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Published: New York University Press - February 28th, 2011

For a nation that often optimistically claims to be post-racial, we are still mired in the practices of racial inequality that plays out in law, policy, and in our local communities.


My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781942094470
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Published: Central Recovery Press - September 19th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"My Grandmother's Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice."— Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility


The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (Haymarket Series) Cover Image
By David R. Roediger, Kathleen Cleaver (Introduction by), Mike Davis (Series edited by), Michael Sprinker (Series edited by)
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ISBN: 9781844671458
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Published: Verso - July 17th, 2007

Combining classical Marxism, psychoanalysis, and the new labor history pioneered by E. P. Thompson and Herbert Gutman, David Roediger’s widely acclaimed book provides an original study of the formative years of working-class racism in the United States.


Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781781683132
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Published: Verso - March 4th, 2014

Tackling the myth of a post-racial society


The History of White People Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393339741
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 18th, 2011

A New York Times bestseller: “This terrific new book . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”—Boston Globe


Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism (SUNY Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781438451688
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Published: State University of New York Press - June 1st, 2014

Winner of the 2016 Outstanding Book Award presented by the Society of Professors of Education


On Privilege, Fraudulence, and Teaching as Learning: Selected Essays 1981--2019 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780815354116
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Published: Routledge - July 25th, 2019

From one of the world's leading voices on white privilege and anti-racism work comes this collection of essays on complexities of privilege and power. Each of the four parts illustrates Peggy McIntosh's practice of combining personal and systemic understandings to focus on power in unusual ways.


We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312429485
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Published: Picador - September 13th, 2016

"THE SMARTEST BOOK OF THE YEAR" (THE WASHINGTON POST)