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Racism

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Anti-Racist rethinks some of the orthodoxies of dismantling racism. It follows Kendi's personal journey from the "respectability politics" of assimilation to the anti-racist understanding that there is nothing wrong with Black culture and the old respectability... Continue Reading →

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Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor

Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone is one of those books you might want to get in its physical form so you can shove it full of bookmarks, highlight sentences, write notes, stick little sticky... Continue Reading →

Charged by Emily Bazelon

Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing.... Continue Reading →

We Are Not Refugees by Agus Morales

Agus Morales is a Spanish poet and journalist who has spent the last several years covering wars and refugees in SE Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. We Are Not Refugees is his effort to capture the vastness of the crisis... Continue Reading →

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla & Chimene Suleyman

The Good Immigrant is a collection of twenty-six essays by first and second-generation immigrants about what it is like living and producing their art in a country torn apart by racism and xenophobia. It is a collection of essays by... Continue Reading →

All Our Trials by Emily L. Thuma

All Our Trials is a history of how the women's anti-violence, anti-racism, feminism, and prison abolition came together in recognition of how these struggles are interdependent. Examples abound of women who have been sentenced to prison for defending themselves from... Continue Reading →

Appalachian Reckoning ed. by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll

When Hillbilly Elegy came out, it landed like a thunderclap, perhaps because it was released during the 2016 election and was perceived as an explanation of the inexplicable popularity of Donald Trump. I put it on hold at the library, but... Continue Reading →

Free All Along edited by Stephen Drury Smith & Catherine Ellis

In 1964, Robert Penn Warren was commissioned by "Look Magazine" to interview the leaders of the civil rights movement and that he did. Free All Along is an edited compilation of about a third of his interviews. Warren seemed to have a... Continue Reading →

The Bold World by Jodie Patterson

The Bold World is described as a memoir about raising a trans child, but it is far more than that. Author Jodie Patterson's youth, education, and early years didn't happen as a prelude to parenting her child, that is not how... Continue Reading →

One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson

One Person, No Vote is Carol Anderson's examination of the systemic evisceration of voting rights, a long-term campaign that includes redistricting to minimize the voting power of African American voters, making voter registration more difficult, purging voters from the rolls, requiring... Continue Reading →

Call Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit

Call Them by Their True Names is a recent collection of post-2016 essays by Rebecca Solnit. Solnit is one of those people who can distill complex events to their essentials and make sense of them. There are eighteen essays organized into... Continue Reading →

Good Kids, Bad City by Kyle Swenson

Ricky Jackson and Ronnie and Wiley Bridgeman were good kids. Cleveland, Ohio, was a bad city, rife with crime and corruption, where racism was manifested in hypersegregation that resulted in a regional government that served and protected the white suburbs... Continue Reading →

How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley

How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us vs. Them has the perfect title. There are many books about increasing authoritarianism and ethnonationalism around the world. We see this happening in Russia, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, the Phillippines, India, Brazil, and here in... Continue Reading →

Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly

Rage Becomes Her is at once the worst and best book to have started in the midst of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. I was already enraged and this book has so much more to make me angry, but it also puts... Continue Reading →

Freedom and Despair by David Shulman

Among my friends and acquaintances, I hear frequent expressions of despair arising from the precarity of democracy in Europe, the United States, and around the world. Rising authoritarianism is threatening to upend the world as we know it. I have... Continue Reading →

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