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This is a selective list of books that provide some context for Black Lives Matter.
Race and Education
Call Number: Print Books (LC212.42 .R67 2016 )
Publication Date: 2016-02-02
"College" is a word that means many things to many people: a space for knowledge, a place to gain lifelong friends, and an opportunity to transcend one's socioeconomic station. Today, though, this word also recalls a slew of headlines that have revealed a dark and persistent world of racial politics on campus.
Engaging the Race Question by
Call Number: Print Books (LC213.2 .D68 2015 )
Publication Date: 2014-12-01
This book is for anyone who is challenged or troubled by the substantial disparities in college participation, persistence, and completion among racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
Discrimination & Law Enforcement
The New Jim Crow by
Call Number: HV9950.A437 2012
Publication Date: 2012-01-16
In a bold and innovative argument, a rising legal star shows readers how the mass incarceration of a disproportionate number of black men amounts to a devastating system of racial control. This is a terrifying reality that exists in the UK as much as in the US. Despite the triumphant dismantling of the Jim Crow laws, the system that once forced African-Americans into a segregated second-class citizenship still haunts and the criminal justice system still unfairly targets black men and deprives an entire segment of the population of their basic rights.
Justice in America: the separate realities of blacks and whites by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2010-06-28
The authors tackle two important questions in this book: what explains the widely differing perceptions, and why do such differences matter? They attribute much of the racial chasm to the relatively common personal confrontations that many blacks have with law enforcement; confrontations seldom experienced by whites. More importantly, the authors demonstrate that this racial chasm is consequential: it leads African Americans to react much more cynically to incidents of police brutality and racial profiling, and also to be far more skeptical of punitive anti-crime policies ranging from the death penalty to three-strikes laws.
Black Rage in New Orleans by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2010-04-15
Moore traces the shocking history of police corruption in the Crescent City from World War II to Hurricane Katrina and the concurrent rise of a large and energized black opposition to it.
Beyond the Rodney King Story by
Call Number: Print Books (HV8141 .B49 1995 )
Publication Date: 1994-12-15
This study, spurred by the 1991 beating of African American Rodney King by four white police officers in Los Angeles, examines racism in the police departments of Miami, Houston, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Norfolk, Va., as well as Los Angeles. According to the report, "The relationship between the police and black communities is a continuing source of friction" nationwide.
Invisible Man by
Call Number: Print Books (PS3555.L625 I5 2002 )
Publication Date: 2002-03-05
Invisible Man is not only a great triumph of storytelling and characterization; it is a profound and uncompromising interpretation of the Negro's anomalous position in American society.
Native Son by
Call Number: Print Books (PS3545.R815 N3 )
Publication Date: 2004-07-01
Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection of the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.
Boy, Snow, Bird by
Call Number: Print Books (PR6115.Y49 B69 2014 )
Publication Date: 2014-03-06
Under Oyeyemi's spell, the fairy-tale conceit makes a brilliant setting in which to explore the alchemy of racism, the weird ways in which identity can be transmuted in an instant -- from beauty to beast or vice versa.
Betsey Brown by
Call Number: Print Books (PS3569.H3324 B4 )
Publication Date: 2010-09-28
Set in St. Louis in 1957, the year of the Little Rock Nine, Shange's story reveals the prismatic effect of racism on an American child and her family.
Sleep Deprivation Chamber by
Call Number: Print Books (PS3561.E42518 S58 1996 )
Publication Date: 1996-11-01
In this autobiographical drama, a broken taillight leads to the brutal beating of a highly educated, middle-class black man by a policeman in suburban Virginia. The Kennedys interweave the trial of the victimized son (accused of assaulting the offending officer) with the mother's poignant letters in his defense and her remembrances of growing up in the 1940s, when her parents were striving "to make Cleveland a better place for Negroes." They have created a gripping examination of the conflicting realities of the black experience in twentieth-century America.
White Racial Identity
White by Law by
Call Number: KF4755 .H36 2006
Publication Date: 2006-10-29
The first book to fully explore the social and specifically legal construction of race, White by Law inspired a generation of critical race theorists and others interested in the intersection of race and law in American society.
Revealing Whiteness by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2006-03-28
Revealing Whiteness explores how white privilege operates as an unseen, invisible, and unquestioned norm in society today. Sullivan's theorizing about race and privilege draws on American pragmatism, psychology, race theory, and feminist thought.
I Don't See Color by
Call Number: Print Books (HT1575 .I22 2014 )
Publication Date: 2015-02-24
This volume gathers together some of the most influential scholars of privilege and marginalization in philosophy, sociology, economics, psychology, literature, and history to examine the idea of whiteness. Drawing from their diverse racial backgrounds and national origins, these scholars weave their theoretical insights into essays critically informed by personal narrative.
White Privilege by
Call Number: Print Books (E184.A1 W394 2001 )
Publication Date: 2001-07-15
White Privilege is a brief and inexpensive collection of commonsense, non-rhetorical readings that analyze the nature of white privilege, and offer suggestions for using that privilege in order to combat racism."
Seeing White by
Call Number: Print Books (HT1521 .H265 2011 )
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
Drawing on sociology, psychology, history, and economics, Seeing White introduces students to the concepts of white privilege and social power. Seeing White is designed to help break down some of the resistance students feel in discussing race. Key theoretical perspectives include cultural materialism, critical race theory, and the social construction of race.
The Grace of Silence by
Call Number: Print Books (PN4874.N64 A3 2010 )
Publication Date: 2010-09-21
In the wake of talk of a "postracial" America upon Barack Obama's ascension as president of the United States, Michele Norris, cohost of National Public Radio's flagship program All Things Considered, set out to write, through original reporting, a book about "the hidden conversation" on race that is unfolding nationwide. She would, she thought, base her book on the frank disclosures of others on the subject, but she was soon disabused of her presumption when forced to confront the fact that "the conversation" in her own family had not been forthright.
Call Number: Print Books (F548.9.N4 J44 2015 )
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac--here is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both.
The Beautiful Struggle by
Call Number: Print Books F189.B153 C63 2009
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
A memoir of growing up in the tough world of Baltimore in the 1980s chronicles the relationship between the author and his father, a Vietnam vet and Black Panther affiliate, and his campaign to keep his sons from falling victim to the temptations of the streets.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by
Call Number: Print Books(E185.97 L5 A3 )
Publication Date: 1965
n the searing pages of this classic autobiography, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley .
Colored People by
Call Number: Print Books (PS29.G28 A3 1994 )
Publication Date: 1994-05-10
From an American Book Award-winning author comes a pungent and poignant masterpiece of recollection that ushers readers into a now-vanished "colored" world and extends and deepens our sense of African-American history, even as it entrances us with its bravura storytelling.