Anti-racist reading list

Victoria Alexander’s Anti-Racist Reading List

Victoria Alexander’s Anti-Racist Reading List

This is an Anti-Racist reading list, created by Twitter user Victoria Alexander. As the world continues to make us aware, there are plenty of reasons to read diverse books and include some amazing black authors in our TBR lists.

I am generally a fan of reading lists and challenges, and this list seemed too good to pass on. So I will be counting this reading list as one of my challenges. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration on what to read next, as this lists includes a wide variety of books, handpicked for you!

Here is Victoria Alexander on Twitter:

The Anti-Racist Reading List

There are different ‘levels’ in this list, so you can choose either a category, several categories or the entire list. Most of these are centered around the US/UK experience and you should be able to get them at your local library, if you don’t want to buy them. If you choose to buy and have the means to do so, I recommend finding local, independent book stores to support. You know who/what to look for.

Below you’ll find the Anti-racist reading list and I hope you’ll read along with me, and add your own books in the comment section!

Anti-Racist Starter Kit:

  • Stamped from the Beginning – Ibram X Kendi
  • A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn (There is a “young people’s” version for elementary and middle school readers)
  • White Fragility – Robin Diangelo
  • So you want to talk about race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown
  • Me and White Supremcy – Layla F Saad
  • Stamped – Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Anti-Racist Intermediate Kit:

  • The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America – Anders Walker
  • The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
  • The Condemnation of Blackness – Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • Dying of Whiteness – Jonathan Metzl
  • A Different Mirror – Ronald Takaki
  • How to be an AntiRacist – Ibram X Kendi
  • How the South Wont the Civil War – Heather Cox Richardson

Anti-Racist Topic Specifics:

  • Evicted – Matthew Desmond
  • Nobody – Marc Lamont Hill
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me – James W Loewen
  • Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Berver Doniel Tatum, PhD
  • The Color of Law – Richard Rothstein
  • Blackballed – Darryl Pinkney

Anti-Racist Lit; Bios, Non-fiction, novels, personal narratives:

  • The Warmth of Other Sons – Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Fire Next time – James Baldwin
  • Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Killing Rage Ending Racism – Bell Hooks
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • An American By Marriage – Tayari Jones
  • A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota –
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother – James McBride
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
  • The Myth Of Race – Robert Sussman

Anti-Racist List – Black Feminism:

  • How we Get Free – Keeanga-Yamhtta Taylor
  • Black Feminits Thought – Patricia Hill Collins
  • Ain’t I a Woman Black Women and Feminism – Bell Hooks
  • Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
  • Eloquent Rage – Brittney Cooper
  • In Search of Our Mothers Gardens – Alice Walker
  • Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
  • Women Race & Class – Angela Y Davis
  • Assata: An Autobiography – Assata Shakur
  • To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe – Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande

Anti Racist List Black LGBTQ+:

  • Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  • Zami – Audre Lorde
  • Real Life – Brandon Taylor
  • Unapologetic A black, queer, and feminist Mandate for Radical Movements – Charlene A Carruthers
  • No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies – E. Patrick Johnson
  • Since I Laid My Burden Down – Brontez Purnell
  • The Other Side of Paradise – Staceyann Chin
  • No Ashes in the Fire – Darnell L. Moore
  • The Summer We Got Free – Mia McKenzie
  • Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin
  • Rising Out of Hatred – Eli Saslow
  • Black On Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identiy – C. Riley Snorton

Have you read any of the books on this list or will you be joining me in reading them now? If you have good suggestions to further reading, give me a shout in the comment section below!

If you want to have a look at other books I’ve read and reviewed so far on the blog, feel free to check out my collection of book reviews right here>> 

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