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Anti-Racist Reading List

Reading List

Some books provide an escape from the world. These titles are not that escape. These titles are recommended for anyone wishing to engage in the important work of self-education for action on being an anti-racist. 

What does being anti-racist mean? In the words of Ibram X. Kendi:

"To be antiracist is to think nothing is behaviorally wrong or right -- inferior or superior -- with any of the racial groups. Whenever the antiracist sees individuals behaving positively or negatively, the antiracist sees exactly that: individuals behaving positively or negatively, not representatives of whole races. To be antiracist is to deracialize behavior, to remove the tattooed stereotype from every racialized body. Behavior is something humans do, not races do."

This list includes many titles recommended in Ibram X. Kendi's recommended reading list, author of How to Be an Antiracist.  This list includes titles in physical and virtual formats.  For more copies or digital versions in ebook and audiobook, we recommend checking Washington Anytime Library. You can also log in to HathiTrust for books available through the temporary access program.   

Science, technology, and racism

Policing, incarceration, and racism

Available as Audiobooks