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Links to articles, poems and other online content exploring race in contemporary America.

This list is by no means exhaustive.  In fact, it should change and grow as the conversation changes and grows.  Please submit suggestions to or tweet us at @leftbankbooks #fergusonreads 

ImprovingPolice (Blog by David C. Couper)

A veteran police chief discusses effective ways to improve police and restore thier trust in a free society.

Cops See It Differently Part 1 (This American Life Podcast)

Cops See It Differently Part 2 (This American Life Podcast)

Consider Me by Langston Hughes

 "Consider Me" by Langston Hughes was first published in 1951, the be-bop inflected period of his great "Montage of a Dream Deferred". 

August 14, 2014 Edition of The St. Louis American 

Continuously published, without missing a single issue, for 84 years, The St. Louis American newspaper has emerged as the leading, most-trusted voice of the area’s African-American community, and has extended its reach to become a major multi-platform media entity in Missouri.

A Mother's White Privilege 

A Blog post by Manic Pixie Dream Mama about raising white boys. 

The Heart of Whiteness by Tobias Wolff 

This article in the New Yorker gives an unflinching look at the author's struggle with his own racism.

Swagger by Jarek Steele

At the risk of self promotion, this blog post is by me (the co-owner and editor of this website).  I wrote it in 2013 in response to the Trayvon Martin case.  It's still relevant now.

Gates of Fear: Understanding What's Happening in Ferguson

This blog post is by a St. Louis transplant commenting on the exclusivity of our neighborhoods, highschools and population. 

Kerner Commission Warning Comes True - Two Societies, Separate and Unequal by Jamala Rogers

 Jamala Rogers is a community organizer and chair emeritus of the Organization for Black Struggle.

Black Gentleman by Rickey Laurentiis 

This is a poem by the recipient of a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. 

I Saw I Dreamt Two Men by Rikey Laurentiis

BBC News World Have Your Say

You Can't Understand Ferguson Without First Understanding These Three Things - Reflections from a former state senator from St. Louis  by Jeffrey Smith

Ferguson, Police Brutality and Longsuffering of Open Eyes

Long-form poetry and photo collages by local artist Basil Kincaid. 

Ferguson Protesters Guard Stores From Looters by Braden Goyette

The St. Louis Area Has a Long History of Shameful Violence an article in Mother Jones by Alex Park  

Regulations For Your Rage a post by V.V. Ganeshananthan on The Toast 

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehishi Coates

"Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole." 

Time for Another Paradigm Shift In Policing by Tobias Winright

 Tobias Winright teaches theological ethics at Saint Louis University. He edited and contributed to Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Environment 

Reasons a post on the Son of Baldwin tumblr 

Slavery By Another Name: The Documentary Film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and had its national broadcast on PBS on Feb. 13, 2012.

The Good Fight: James Farmer Remembers the Civil Rights Movement  (IMDb page) 

The Good Fight chronicles Farmer's life, in his own words, from his earliest days as a "Great Debater" at Wiley College to his legacy teaching a new generation of students about the movement that shaped a country.

The Real Great Debaters (IMDb page) 

 The St. Louis Area Has a Long History of Shameful Racial Violence by Alex Park, published in Mother Jones August 18, 2014

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack by Peggy McIntosh

To Whom it May Concern... by Sylvester Brown