An Anti-Racist Reading List

The opposite of racist isn't, as Ibram Kendi states, not racist.

The opposite of racist is anti-racist.

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Using Kendi's How to be an Anti-Racist as a guide, we have collected a handful of books that help elaborate strategies, offer historical perspectives, and provide ways forward for a country deeply marred by racism. 

See also: the Anti-Racist Nature Writing Syllabus.

 

Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History (Feminist Classics) Cover Image
By Vron Ware, Mikki Kendall (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781784780128
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Published: Verso - June 9th, 2015

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735224957
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Published: Penguin Books - March 3rd, 2020

Black Utopia: The History of an Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780231187411
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Published: Columbia University Press - August 20th, 2019

Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
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Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

Don't Call Us Dead: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977856
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Dream of Europe: Selected Seminars and Interviews: 1984-1992 Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780999719879
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Published: Kenning Editions - April 20th, 2020

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595588340
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Published: New Press - September 4th, 2012

The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780465049660
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Published: Basic Books - October 25th, 2016

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

The Invention of the White Race, Volume 1: Racial Oppression and Social Control Cover Image
By Theodore W. Allen, Jeffrey B. Perry (Introduction by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781844677696
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Published: Verso - November 20th, 2012

killing rage: Ending Racism Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780805050271
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - October 15th, 1996

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 28th, 2020

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781620971932
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

The Omni-Americans: Some Alternatives to the Folklore of White Supremacy Cover Image
By Albert Murray, Henry Louis Gates (Foreword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781598536522
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Published: Library of America - February 4th, 2020

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781781683132
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Published: Verso - March 4th, 2014

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781501878077
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Published: Abingdon Press - February 5th, 2019

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580911863
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Published: Crossing Press - August 1st, 2007

So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

Superior: The Return of Race Science Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807028421
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Published: Beacon Press - May 5th, 2020

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780865718654
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Published: New Society Publishers - September 19th, 2017

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017