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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: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 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. This book is a game-changer, highlighting the full cost of racism for everyone.
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. I highly recommend this as a read aloud for preschool parents and K-1 teachers; it can also be a read-along for beginning readers.
The movie 13th
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
In 13th, DuVernay helps us understand that political compromise left a large, exploitable loophole, in the text of this 1865 amendment - a loophole that, in essence converted slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals. The film takes us on a thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically helping us understand how today's prison industrial complex disproportionately impacts people of color. It is both informative and shocking, and calls out for change.
As a bit of a foodie, I love learning about the history of cuisine. This four-episode Netflix series examines the history of Africans in this country and how that influenced the cuisine we experience today. From learning from people in Benin whose families hid in swamps to escape slavery to the story of Thomas Downing, the Black Oyster King of New York, High on the Hog interweaves recipes with personal stories, sparsely known history, and rich traditions in one of the most interesting and engaging documentaries I've seen.
Nice White Parents
Nice White Parents by The New York Times and SERIAL is a five-part series about the intersection of race and public education reform. It was an eye-opener to me for my personal and professional lives. It is an example of structural racism and unintended perpetuation of bias.
In addition to the fact that they hosted weeks of Race Cards conversations, Collective Perspective podcast show explores difficult social topics with a variety of guests and allows space for people to be human, which is to be multidimensional, complex, and capable of change.
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