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George Floyd’s killing gave rise to a wave of anger in reaction and there has been a huge amount of interest on topics such as race throughout the United States. While the media continues to talk extensively on the topic and everything related to it, there are many books on this subject that are worth reading. 

Here are some books for people that want to learn more about racial issues and to broaden their understanding of white privilege, systemic racism, and the long-extending legacies of white supremacy and slavery in American history.

the souls of black folk
W.E.B. Du Bois

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois writes about the African American people in the textual context of speaking subjects. This is a truly canonical and basic yet vivid work of American literature. This book is no less than a masterpiece that has been lauded and criticized alike by many literary experts. 

The book was published in 2003 and in the book the author employed two tropes which encapsulate the history of a people that have been unshackled from centuries of human bondage. It talks about the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments and how they are nothing but neo-enslavement in the guise of transformations. 

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WHITE RAGE
CAROL ANDERSON

This is one more “unputdownable” book that you will want to browse through again and again. It shows very plainly that at every point that African Americans began making progress in home ownership, employment, voting and education these aspects were considered a threat to the standing of e quality. 

These successes and progress gave rise to well-organized and intense throwback which go to show exactly how persistent and insidious racial hatred is in the United States. The book talks about how it’s not enough to be non-racist, it’s crucial to be smarter and stop being bystanders in this fight.

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 CONDEMNATION 
OF BLACKNESS
KHALIL  MUHAMMAD

Many books are readable and relevant but this book by the noted author Khalil Gibran Muhammad takes a closer look at the chasm between the urban communities and the police forces. The public outrage sparked by the killing of George Floyd as well as many other African Americans. 

“The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America” is an expression of how racist ideology is a form of slavery that has framed to be likely and dangerous criminals. There is mention about how aggressive police practices, policies and mindset animated laws, incarcerate, criminalize, dehumanize, and sometimes are also the reason for killing of a significant number of African Americans.

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the origin of others
toni morrison

This is a beautiful little book that draws on Morrison’s Norton Lectures that were given at Harvard in the year 2016. There are many sections of the book that make it relevant in the current day scenario of George Floyd’s and the Central Park Cooper stories.

She has a lyrical style of writing and the penmanship is ornate and vivid and Toni Morrison examines how persistent aspects such as intolerance, bigotry and racism are in today’s world where it is still necessary to work so hard to demonstrate that even today black lives matter.

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Race in America
herbert hill

This study takes an in-depth look at ethnic issues, talks about various critical race theories and how anti-blackness has a part in it. It explores various things like abolition, criminalization, policing and race in the broader context of education.

Savannah Shange writes extensively about deep-seated structural practices, histories and contexts that look beneath roles that race scholars play and how that’s just the tip of the iceberg. While some people might not notice these, the issues are very much present in the current moment.

It’s no less than accumulated set of experiences of criminalization and policing because you’re black.


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Progressive Dystopia
Savannah Shange

This study takes an in-depth look at ethnic issues, talks about various critical race theories and how anti-blackness has a part in it. It explores various things like abolition, criminalization, policing and race in the broader context of education.

Savannah Shange writes extensively about deep-seated structural practices, histories and contexts that look beneath roles that race scholars play and how that’s just the tip of the iceberg. While some people might not notice these, the issues are very much present in the current moment.

It’s no less than accumulated set of experiences of criminalization and policing because you’re black.


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NOTES OF A NATIVE SON
Savannah Shange

Notes of a Native Son inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright’s work is pointed and unabashed.

He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise.



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Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder.

Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.



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