Anti-racist Resources

I’ve shown books on my blog that highlight Black voices and Black lived-experiences. However, in light of recent events–the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others whose names and stories I’ll never know–I realized I should be doing more with the platform I have. It is not my voice that needs to be heard, but the voices of Black authors who have courageously and painstakingly told the stories of their lives, their friend’s lives, and their ancestor’s lives that need to be heard.

I started this blog as a way to document what I read and to provide a space for my friends and those in the community to find books to read. I think many of us are looking for ways to do better, learn more, have difficult conversations, provide accountability, and start working towards solutions–there are lives that depend on it. It is a privilege to learn about racism by reading about it rather than learn about racism by living through it.

If you are looking for a place to start, here is an option. I’m going to provide a list of resources that is by no means exhaustive. If possible, try to purchase these books from Black-owned and/or local bookstores. Remember, finishing a book does not mean work is done. Reading widens one’s perspective and allows for increased dialogue and action.

Note: I have not read all of these books. It is my goal to start working on that, especially in the nonfiction genre (a genre that is sorely underrepresented in my usual reading list). The following compilation of books and podcasts was pulled together by recommendations from friends and other sources, in addition to books I have personally read (reviews linked in archive).

Nonfiction: Autobiography/Memoir

Nonfiction: General

Nonfiction: Medical

Fiction: Contemporary

Fiction: Literary

Podcasts:

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