"There is a great deal of unrest after the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As a white person, I am aware of the significant privilege I have and I am constantly trying to educate myself in ways to improve racial equality. There are no quick and easy answers on this front. I believe we must put in the work to understand the disparity. Some of the ways I do that are by reading books such as 'They Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas or by reading books to my children with diverse characters. I am not perfect, but I am trying, and if you’re in a position of privilege and not sure where to start, I would encourage you to try these things too.” - official statement posted by Marquette, Michigan Mayor Jenna Smith after Saturday’s protests.
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We have compiled an anti-racist reading list.
Looking where to begin, here’s a start...
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
White Rage by Carol Anderson
The Fire this Time by Jeanne Ward
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Works by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Zora Neale Hurston.
Novels by two-time Pulitzer-Prize winner Colson Whitehead: The Nickel Boys (2020) and The Underground Railroad (2017).
And many, many more.
Read, learn, listen, act.