RECOMMENDED STARTERS FOR BUILDING ANTIRACISM KNOWLEDGE
FILM / VIDEO
Ava Duvernay, “13th” (Netflix) : Devastating history of the Incarceration clause in the 13th Amendment and its utilization to raise the per capita mass incarceration of Black Men to levels unseen by any other group in any other country in the world
“Just Mercy” (Netflix) : Dramatic depiction of the life and work of Bryan Stevenson including the Equal Justice Initiative Monuments and Museum
Trey Ellis “True Justice” (HBO Documentary) : Documentary of the life and work of Bryan Stevenson including the Equal Justice Initiative Monuments and Museum
Ibram X. Kendi , Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History or Racist Ideas in America National Book Award winner. THE book on race to read period. National Bestseller.
Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, And You , Young Adult Version of the National Book Award winning “Stamped From The Beginning”
Ibram X. Kendi , How to Be an Antiracist, National Bestseller. Put Anti Racist terminology on the map. The book to read re: deconstructing racist policies and ideas.
Joel Lang , Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited From Slavery, This is a CT centered but comprehensively Northeast U.S. view of the deep involvement and symbiosis of the finances and economy of the North with Slavery (the core of the finances and and economy of the South). Critical for understanding why Slavery was an institution from and on which the entire U.S. benefited and depended financially – not just the South.
Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racists, Frank, no-holds-barred exposition of traditional white denial and privilege re: race. National bestseller.
Dolly Chugh, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, Soft shoe approach to white privilege and ‘its about me’-ism.
Carol Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Meticulous history of the ongoing movement toward racism (vs progression toward antiracism/equity).
Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, History of the economic impact of enslavement including Wall St.involvement.
Seth Rockman, Slavery’s Capitalism , Comprehensive review of U.S. enslavement and capitalism.
Debby Irving, Waking Up White, Memoir of increasing personal awakening re: race.
Barbara Fields, Racecraft, Star of Ken Burns’ Civil War’ offers definitive essays re: the wholesale invalidity and voodoo equivalence of the social construct of race.
David Frederick Douglass, Blight, Definitive bio of the foremost 19th century abolitionist, speaker and thinker on race in the U.S.
Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law, Govt engineering and implementation of the Racist laws and policies surrounding Redlining.
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy, Combined personal memoir and story of the creation of the Equal Justice Initiative (National Lynching Memorial and Museum) in Montgomery AL.
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow, The book that exposed the U.S. mass incarceration racial debacle.
Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote History of race-based voter suppression incl 2016.
Jerry Craft, New Kid, Brilliant depiction of what it’s like to be a kid of color going into a predominantly white middle school. Graphic novel written for teens but revealing for all ages. National Bestseller by Norwalk’s own Jerry Craft.
National Museum of African American Heritage — Talking About Race
TEAM Westport/Westport Library