I’ve read a few things that remind me that we Americans are not done, that there’s plenty of work needed to make our country live up to its stated ideals.
- The Myth of a Post-Racial America by Tré Easton (Huffington Post)
- America’s Post-Racial Fantasy by Anna Holmes (The New York Times Magazine)
- Black History Reading Month reading list by Rebecca Carroll, Kyla Marshell, Syreeta McFadden and Steven W Thrasher (The Guardian)
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward
- Everything Octavia Butler ever wrote, but perhaps especially Kindred
I still want/need to read the following books:
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
- From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yahmahtta Taylor
Yes, I know there are more books I could (and should) read, and if you have something in particular to recommend, please share it in the comments.
I also know that reading alone won’t get me/us there. That requires action. But reading can enlighten us, inspire us, and set us on the path.