This has been an exhausting week — for everyone, and i’m often confronted with the conversation of racism, and prejudice and all these things that while we’ll intended from a lot of people, especially non-black people, they don’t realize how draining it can be. So I’ve comprised a list of a few books and topics that I think have helped shape my view of racism and privilege in America. If you do decide at some point to get one of the books, know its not about reading something that makes you comfortable, or taking it at face value as a piece of fiction or just another book. It’s about reading it, about being uncomfortable about knowing where to grow and where to go really.
- With what I told every was my bible, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Even I thought I knew but I didn’t. It’s a dense read but she tackles the important conversation of mass incarceration and race relations. Giving the reader a wide time span making sure to leave nothing out.
2. Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates explores what it means to be black in modern day America, in the form of a letter to his Son this book gives you an honest gaze at the day to day life of African Americans living in America.
3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, a novel that I have to force myself, tteeth draggedly to read once a year. It’s tough but it is so so necessary. Exploring both racism and colorism through the eyes of an 11 year old who desires to have Blue eyes. You really have to watch for the motifs and symbolism in this novel. Without it, you’re not getting your moneys worth.
4. Not really sure what I’m suppose to say beside the fact that you should really have this Lyric on your shelf. It brings to light so many things in a new more simplistic way that allows this be almost a one day read; Citizen by Claudia Rankine
5. *For Blackface
In Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin; a journalist goes “undercover” by going through a process so he could pass for a black man in the deep south in 1950’s. While his method is hella problematic, he was able to shed light on what seems like a whole new world he never understand.
6. The next thing is The Deceleration of independence, You mean the thing were Angelica from Hamilton the musical wants to include women in its sequel. Well yes, to truly understand racism, power and privilege. We have to look at how power was given to white men and how that puts us in the position we are in today.
TOPIC TO RESEARCH
- CounterPol: how the FBI and CIA literally gave us the blueprint to how they discredit and destroy black Americans and they’re movements.
- MOVE bombing; that one time our government bomb a street of African Americans
- Tulsa Riots; That one time America had a race riot
- Seneca Village; the area that used to be a ghetto for migrants of color (which is now central park btw)
- Black Wall Street; That one time white America hated that black folk had a successful area to themselves so they destroyed it, again.
- The Green Book; How Africa Americans survived the south while traveling.