White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Robin DiAngelo, an antiracist educator challenges white people and their reactions to racial inequality. She explores the phenomenon of white fragility and explains how it is counterproductive when having dialogues about race. DiAngelo breaks down how white fragility develops and persists and offers constructive options to engage in these conversations.
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Tatum
As a psychologist who focuses on the psychological effects of racial identity development, Beverly Tatum encourages everyone who is reluctant to engage in conversations about race and race issues. In this book, she explores self-segregation as a coping mechanism and offers ways to overcome reluctance when it comes to talking about race.
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Each chapter title is a question about race in contemporary America. Oluo outlines her opinions on the topics as well as provides advice for readers when discussing race-related topics, such as how to avoid acting defensive or getting off-topic.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a letter to his son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in America. Coates connects the racist violence that has been woven into American culture to American history.
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
This book is composed of two essays. The first being a letter to James Baldwin’s nephew discussing the central role of race in American history. The second essay explores the relationship between race and religion, highlighting Baldwin’s experience with the Christian church and the Islamic ideas of others
Intersex and Identity by Sharon Preves
Sharon Preves draws upon life history interviews with adults who were treated for intersexuality and explores how they cope with being labeled sexual deviants in a sexually conforming society. Preves examines the ways in which intersex individuals have navigated issues of identity, community, and belonging, and highlights the need for greater understanding and acceptance of intersex conditions in both medical and social contexts.
Books to Help Understand the Abortion Debate in the U.S.
Abortion in America by James C Mohr
Mohr offers a thorough exploration of the history of abortion practices and attitudes in the U.S., tracing its evolution from colonial times to the present day. Mohr emphasizes the multifaceted and contentious nature of the abortion debate, which has been shaped by a range of factors, including politics, religion, gender, class, and race.
Liberty and Sexuality by David Garrow
Garrow explores the legal and political battles surrounding issues such as birth control, abortion, homosexuality, and pornography, and argues that these struggles have been instrumental in shaping American society’s views on sexuality and individual freedom.
Before Roe v. Wade by Linda Greenhouse and Reva Siegel
This book offers a nuanced and complex account of the various factors that contributed to the emergence of the abortion rights movement, including changes in medical practice, the influence of feminist and civil rights activism, and the role of state and local politics.
Abortion & the Politics of Motherhood by Kristin Luker
This book examines the various ways in which both supporters and opponents of abortion have framed the issue in terms of motherhood, highlighting the ways in which the language of motherhood has been used to promote competing visions of women’s roles and responsibilities in society.
Defenders of the Unborn by Daniel K. Williams
Williams explores the diverse range of individuals and organizations that make up the anti-abortion movement and examines the various strategies and tactics they have employed in their efforts to restrict access to abortion.
After Roe by Mary Ziegler
Ziegler examines the ways in which both supporters and opponents of abortion rights have sought to shape public opinion and influence the courts and explores the complex and often fraught relationship between the abortion rights movement and the broader women’s rights movement.
What it Means to Be Human by O. Carter Snead
Snead argues that human dignity and worth are intrinsic to human beings and that we must grapple with the ethical implications of technological advancements that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.
Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri
Through her own hair journey, Dabiri brings insight into the way racism is coded in society’s perception of black hair and how it is often used as an avenue for discrimination. Twisted proves that Black hairstyling culture can be a symbol of Black oppression and liberation.
Things We Lost to The Water by Eric Nguyen
Eric seeks to connect with his roots after seeking refuge and explains how the lack of the Vietnamese community is affected by displacement from the Vietnamese refugee crisis.