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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance
The New Jim Crow has opened my eyes to how corrupt the American judicial system is. It exposes the anomalies that Black and Brown people are railroaded though in the justice system.
This book really challenged me to rethink financial philanthropy to ensure the focus of the dollars are intended to help communities with their needs rather than creating roadblocks, hoops, and dances for organizations to have to do be funded.
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
When They Call You a Terrorist is a book based on the life of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. This book speaks on the nuances of being Black in America while addressing the residence and strength of Black people despite their circumstances. Cullors is a champion and spokeswoman for human rights and courageously denounces the abuse and injustice inflicted on Black and Brown folks by US authorities. This is a must read!
Heather McGhee brilliantly weaves together threads of the underlying false narrative that drives inequity and racism in every facet of our society: the zero sum paradigm. Zero sum says there isn't enough for everyone; in order for someone to win, someone else must lose. But what McGhee shows us is that while we think we are living under the false pretense zero-sum, in reality we are all losing.
The Parker Inheritance
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners
A great read for late elementary/early middle-schoolers about two young friends who happen upon a mystery while spending their summer in a small town in South Carolina. As they attempt to solve the mystery, they stumble upon truths about the town and its history. This great book by a Black author featuring two young Black protagonists helps kids (and their adults) understand racism and their role in dismantling it.
Representation is so important for children, especially in picture books. Eyes That Kiss in the Corner celebrates the facial feature of a girl's Asian family and the stories that go along with those features. It is a beautiful tale of family, culture, tradition, and the celebration of the differences that make us all beautiful and unique. A great read aloud for preschool age children.
John D. recommends
How to deconstruct racism
"Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on Black Americans who have committed the crimes of eating, walking or generally "living while Black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing -- while challenging us all to level up."
Bob M. recommends
Black Lives Matter
Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement's three founders share what they've learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and "sharpen each other, so that we all can rise."
John D. recommends
"In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story."
John D. recommends
"What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. Code Switch was named Apple Podcasts' first-ever Show of the Year in 2020."
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