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The Players’ Tribune
Utah Jazz player Kyle Korver offers a powerful perspective of awakening to privilege as a white man in a sports league that is comprised overwhelmingly of black athletes. His distinction between guilt and responsibility is the most important thought in this article.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Comedian and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah’s memoir about growing up in Apartheid South Africa. His commentary on race from a South African context offers a counterpoint to the conversation about race in the United States. The book is compelling, poignant, and incredibly funny.
Living into God’s Dream by Catherine Meeks (editor)
This collection of essays is a wonderful entry point into the work of dismantling racism, challenging white supremacy, and building the Beloved Community in our churches and in the country.
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The seminal work about mass incarceration, this book is an incredibly well-researched study on the effects of the War on Drugs on poor communities of color. Please read this book.
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
The seminal work of turn of the twentieth century essayist, journalist, and professor W.E.B. Du Bois, who writes in ardent, striking, beautiful, and indicting prose about the “Veil” that exists between races in the United States. His writing will at times reduce you to tears and make you wonder in revulsion at how little has changed in a hundred years.
What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson
An interesting book that’s hard to categorize: Dyson uses the lens of a meeting between James Baldwin and Robert F. Kennedy to discuss race, power, and truth-telling then and now.