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Danielle's Antiracist Reading List

To me, becoming an anti-racist begins with grounding yourself in the history of American racism as an idea.

Next, I think it’s really important to acknowledge how the practice of racism is a) an action that b) produces race as an experience of inequality. (If this is confusing, that’s ok!)

  • Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life (Karen & Barbara Fields)

    • Racism created race, not the other way around

There is no single black author you can read to make you an anti-racist. There are simply too many varieties of black experience; here are some examples:

  • Sister Outsider (Audre Lorde), foremother of womanist thought (black feminism, but explicitly queer-inclusive)

  • The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin), anxieties of black (queer) masculinity; complex relationship of blackness to the Christian faith

  • Negroland (Margo Jefferson), well-to-do blackness; racism gets reproduced in American meritocracy and our myths of exceptionalism

  • They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Hanif Abdurraqib), a poet’s way of noticing the world recorded as prose — especially as it pertains to being black in largely white spaces (a nearly-universal feature of black experience)

The idea is to make it a practice to de-center white experiences, and to instead center black ones. This is definitely possible, no matter what you’re into:

So, find a starting point. And accept that no one ever stops learning:

  1. Find a list. Find a few lists. Pick an author you like. Follow them on social media. Read their recommendations.

    1. Left Bank - Antiracist Resources

    2. Left Bank - Kids Antiracist Resources

    3. Ibram Kendi put together a list for the New York Times back in May.

    4. An excellent podcast (that I also recommend!), NPR’s Code Switch, put together a list of books, films, and podcasts

    5. Eve Ewing, Roxane Gay, & Saeed Jones are authors who are voracious readers and are constant resources for great reads on this topic; this has long been true for all three of them, so check out their Twitter timelines and Instagram posts for past suggestions!

  2. Accept that America is “the land that has never been yet” (Langston Hughes); this is a major hurdle.

  3. Never stop. We don’t finish learning. People have been doing the work longer than any of us, so consume that work, and don’t think you’re finished when you get to the end of a reading list.

 

-Danielle King

 

 

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781781683132
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Published: Verso - March 4th, 2014

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580911863
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Published: Crossing Press - August 1st, 2007

The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

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Negroland: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307473431
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Published: Vintage - August 23rd, 2016

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

Their Eyes Were Watching God Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061120060
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Published: Amistad - May 30th, 2006

Sula (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400033430
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Kindred Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780895941220
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Published: Crossing Press - January 1st, 1982

Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147515827
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Published: Puffin Books - October 11th, 2016

Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Electric Arches Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608468560
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 12th, 2017

I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822965589
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 18th, 2018

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Homie: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450109
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020

HoodWitch (ACRE) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781946724243
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Published: Acre Books - October 15th, 2019

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Bingo Love Volume 1 Cover Image
By Tee Franklin, Jenn St Onge (Artist), Joy San (Artist)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534307506
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Published: Image Comics - February 20th, 2018

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By Jewelle Gomez, Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780872866744
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Published: City Lights Books - March 29th, 2016

The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780316527194
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

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Bluebird, Bluebird (A Highway 59 Novel #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316363273
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 28th, 2018

Trouble Is What I Do (Leonid McGill) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316491136
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Published: Mulholland Books - February 25th, 2020

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The Sellout: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

Pym: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812981766
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Published: One World - September 4th, 2012

Lovecraft Country: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062292070
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 14th, 2017