Change starts with understanding. The library offers many resources for all ages to help us understand the complexities of racism, the role of privilege, the need for allyship, and the history behind the protests that have been happening across our country.
Simultaneous access on Overdrive – no waiting!
- So You Want to Talk about Race (audio) available beginning June 29 through July 26 – helps the reader understand complex topics like privilege, intersectionality, police brutality, affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the cumulative affect of microaggressions.
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism (ebook) – helps the reader let go of defensiveness in conversations about race in order to work toward the dismantling of racism.
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness (ebook) – walks the reader through the day-to-day life of a black person in a white world, including her time as a student in a predominantly white school and employee in a white, evangelical organization.
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (audio) available through July 14 – traces how the War on Drugs, other government policies, and policing practices have led to disproportionate mass incarceration of blacks and Latinos, resulting in denials of employment, housing, education, and public benefits upon release and perpetuating the caste system of Jim Crow.
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor (ebook) available through July 12 – provides explanations of key terminology (white privilege, white fragility, tone policing, color blindness, white centering, allyship) and invites the reader to begin the work of becoming an antiracist through reflection.
- The Hate U Give (ebook) available through July 19 – YA novel about a 16-year-old black girl balancing life between the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends, when she witnesses her best friend from childhood being shot by a police officer.
Listen to authors talk about their books:
- Ijeoma Oluo discusses So You Want to Talk about Race.
- Ibram X. Kendi talks with Brené Brown about How to be an Antiracist (podcast).
- Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, co-authors of YA book All American Boys, talk to Hoda and Jenna on Today. Jason also discusses another YA book he co-authored with Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You.
- Robin DiAngelo discusses White Fragility.
Other recent titles
- Biased: uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think, and do (Eberhardt, Jennifer L.)
- The blood of Emmett Till (Tyson, Timothy B.)
- How to be an antiracist (Kendi, Ibram X.)
- Raising white kids: bringing up children in a racially unjust America (Harvey, Jennifer)
- Stamped from the beginning: the definitive history of racist ideas in America (Kendi, Ibram X.)
- Things that make white people uncomfortable (Bennett, Michael)
- Until we reckon (Sered, Danielle)
- Words Have Power reading list
- The Fire Next Time (Baldwin, James) 1963
- The Bluest Eye (Morrison, Toni) 1970
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Angleou, Maya) 1969
Talking to young kids about race Po Bronson’s NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children makes the case in chapter three, “Why White Parents Don’t Talk about Race,” that parents should talk explicitly about race with kids starting at an early age when they are developmentally inclined to classify people as they try to understand the world. Picture books are a great starting point for these conversations:
- Hair Love (Matthew Cherry and Vashti Harrison), also a short film
- I Am Enough (Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo)
- Skin Again (bell hooks and Chris Raschka)
- The Colors of Us (Karen Katz)
- Happy in our Skin (Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia)
- Saturday (Oge Mora)
- Peeny Butter Fudge (Toni Morrison and Joe Cepeda)
- Pecan Pie Baby (Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie Blackall)
- Last Stop on Market Street (Matt de la Peña)
- The Snowy Day (Ezra Jack Keats) – also in audio and video and in Spanish
- Coretta Scott King Book Award winners demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
- Words Have Power/kids – If you and your kids are seeking some empathy and education, try connecting with these books especially for kids recommended by our librarians.
- Reading list from high school librarian, Carolyn Foote
- Ghost boys (Rhodes, Jewell Parker) – Lone Star book
- This book is anti-racist: 20 lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work (Jewell, Tiffany)
- Stamped: racism, antiracism, and you (Reynolds, Jason)
- Dear Martin (Stone, Nic)
- March (volume 1-3) (Lewis, John) – graphic novels
- Words Have Power/YA – If you and your young adults are seeking some empathy and education, try connecting with these books especially for teens recommended by our librarians.
- 5 Tips for Being an Ally (Franchesca Ramsey) – a short, entertaining video about how to do our part to help
- 1619 Project (New York Times Magazine) – an interactive history of slavery and its legacy
- Historians critique the 1619 Project and the New York Times responds (log into New York Times to access)
- Inheriting inequality: Austin’s segregation and gentrification – a multi-part story of the racial history of our city, our failure to embrace black history and culture, and the legacy of past actions, from the Austin American-Statesman.