Books to Continue Your Growth in Being Anti-Racist

black lives matterThe traumatic current events—the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd—underscore just how much work there is to be done in tackling racism. Policy 2020 Brookings estimates that a police officer kills a black man every 40 hours in the States.

Oprah Winfrey said: “Reading opens you up. It exposes you and gives you access to anything your mind can hold. It gives you the ability to reach higher ground.” This is exactly why we are using our platform at Smart Girl Tribe to share a list of thought-provoking reads that are challenging us to dismantle our privilege, confront our biases, and do our part to effect change. Here is our list of recommendations to read to continue your growth in being anti-racist.


The Fire this Time by Jesmyn Ward

White Rage by Carol Anderson

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saadi

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Home by Toni Morrison

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Eloquent Race by Brittney Cooper

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Conversations in Black by Ed Gordon

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