The 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