The murder of George Floyd has sparked outrage across America and the rest of the world, and rightly so. The death of so many members of the black community at the hands of the US police is horrifying and utterly heartbreaking.
That this has happened against the backdrop of a global pandemic just makes things worse.
I want to do more than just talk about my outrage on social media. I plan to learn as much as I can about racism and how to combat it. My friend and colleague Sam posted a long list of books in an Instagram story. I’m reproducing that list here and I’m going to be reading as many of them as I can to educate myself do my bit to support the black community.
- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
- Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- I’m Still Here: Black dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
- We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
More resources about racism.