20 Best-selling Books About Racism for Adults: Books on Race, White Privilege, Social Justice & Being Black in America by 30Seconds Mom

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20 Best-selling Books About Racism for Adults: Books on Race, White Privilege, Social Justice & Being Black in America

With the protests going on in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, many people are looking to educate themselves and their families about racism, diversity, social justice, being black in America, white privilege and more. Here are 20 best-selling books about racism for anyone who wants to learn more and make a difference:

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White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide $11
Reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America – now in paperback with a new afterword by the author, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson.
Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics and Leadership $17
Hard-hitting, thought-provoking, and inspiring, this book offers sage wisdom for navigating race in a radically divisive America and, with help from his mighty team of black intelligentsia, veteran journalist Ed Gordon creates hope and a timeless narrative on what the future of black leadership should look like and how we can get there.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism $11
A book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays $12
From one of our most respected cultural observers, "What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker" is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity.
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America $22
Short, emotional, literary, powerful – Tears We Cannot Stop is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America $10
Widely heralded as a “masterful” (Washington Post) and “essential” (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law offers “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson).
An African American and Latinx History of the United States $14
Spanning more than 200 years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it.
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor $17
This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
Chokehold: Policing Black Men $13
Cops, politicians and ordinary people are afraid of black men. The result is the Chokehold: laws and practices that treat every African American man like a thug. In this explosive new book, an African American former federal prosecutor shows that the system is working exactly the way it’s supposed to. Black men are always under watch, and police violence is widespread – all with the support of judges and politicians.
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race $12
Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice $17
This accessible, personal, supportive and practical guide is ideal for students, community activists, teachers, youth workers, and anyone interested in issues of diversity, multiculturalism and social justice.
So You Want to Talk About Race $14
Author Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
Towards the "Other America": Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter $12
Author Chris Crass calls on all of us to join our values to the power of love and act with courage for a world where Black lives truly matter. A world where the death culture of white supremacy no longer devours the lives of Black people and no longer deforms the hearts and souls of white people. In addition to his own soul-searching essays and practical organizing advice in his "notes to activists."
Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It $37
Invites readers to consider what it means to be white, describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations. The author illustrates how racial discomfort leads white people toward poor relationships with people of color.
Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race $20
If you believe that talking about race is impolite, or that "colorblindness" is the preferred approach, you must read this book. "Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence" debunks the most pervasive myths using evidence, easy-to-understand examples, and practical tools.
Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race $40
Delves into the complex interplay between race, power, and privilege in both organizations and private life. It offers an unflinching look at how ignorance can perpetuate privilege, and offers practical and thoughtful insights into how people of all races can work to break this cycle.
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race $18
For 25 years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. In "Waking Up White," Debby Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.
How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning The Racist Lessons Of A Southern Childhood $17
Author Jim Grimsley looks back at that school and those times – remembering his own first real encounters with black children and their culture. The result is a narrative both true and deeply moving. Jim takes readers into those classrooms and onto the playing fields as, ever so tentatively, alliances were forged and friendships established. And looking back from today’s perspective, he examines how far we have really come.
Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America $20
More than 15 years have passed since Joe Barndt wrote his influential and widely acclaimed "Dismantling Racism" (1991, Augsburg Books). He has now written a replacement volume – powerful, personal and practical – that reframes the whole issue for the new context of the 21st century.
Killing Rage: Ending Racism $13
These 23 essays are written from a black and feminist perspective, and they tackle the bitter difficulties of racism by envisioning a world without it.

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Elisa Schmitz
Thank you for putting this great resource together. We all need to stop, listen and learn. We can do much better.

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