I have realised that I’m more of a dinosaur than I would like to be when it comes to privilege (gender, racism, sexuality, finances etc)/political correctness/cultural appropriation, and that I have been rather ignorant (and privileged). Reading suggestions for educating myself?

I have realised that I’m more of a dinosaur than I would like to be when it comes to privilege (gender, racism, sexuality, finances etc)/political correctness/cultural appropriation, and that I have been rather ignorant (and privileged). Reading suggestions for educating myself?


Have you read {{The Parable of the Sower}} that hit home this year. **Edit the Parable of the Sower I want to recommend is by [Octavia E. Butler](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17211575)** Also {{So You Want To Talk About Race}} is excellent, eye opening and made me want to do better. You may also want to check out some podcasts like *All My Relations*, *Code Switch*, *Interchangeable White Ladies* and *Breaking the Glass Slipper*


[**The Parable of the Sower**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/91013.The_Parable_of_the_Sower) ^(By: Daniel Collins | ? pages | Published: 1995 | Popular Shelves: | )[^(Search "The Parable of the Sower")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=The Parable of the Sower&search_type=books) ^(This book has been suggested 11 times) [**So You Want to Talk About Race**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35099718-so-you-want-to-talk-about-race) ^(By: Ijeoma Oluo | 248 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, race, audiobook, audiobooks | )[^(Search "So You Want To Talk About Race")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=So You Want To Talk About Race&search_type=books) >In this breakout book, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape--from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement--offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide > >In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans. > > Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned, and crystalize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor's seminal essay "The Meaning of a Word." ^(This book has been suggested 10 times) *** ^(137159 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


**The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America***by Richard Rothstein* Sounds like you're pretty on board with the, "maybe there's something to this whole systemic racism thing". This is the book treatment of the research behind Ta-Nehisi Coates' big Atlantic piece on reparations several years ago now. This is my go to recommendation for people who really want the goods on the structural history of US laws on the books in areas we now consider very liberal (San Francisco etc) that still practiced tremendously impactful de jure racism. Speaking of Coates, his "Between the World and Me" is very moving, more memoir than over arching history and set of things to move forward on. If you like more of an emotional argument you could do a whole lot worse. **The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness***by Michelle Alexander* Is another great one. This is over a decade old now but still gets referenced in almost all the books on social justice I've read to this day. I think she lays out a very compelling story on the harms of the US incarceral state generally and the drug war specifically. **Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger***by Rebecca Traister* This is by a journalist but I think she has some of the best takes in this space. This book is quite good and, for me, does a great job of showing how anger is very much claimed by men and there's been a lot of social pressure to exclude women from legitimate forms of anger (especially true for women of color). Does a good job of poking at things I never really thought about but could appreciate were affecting how I subconsciously moved through the world. Good luck!


I just finished The Color of Law! The writing style was very academic and challenging but it was still a fantastic book and I learned so much! Definitely a book to read slowly and really focus on all of the information presented!


Seconding the New Jim Crow. Incredibly eye-opening


Wow these seem like some excellent suggestions, I'm going to get on these too I think


These sound like great suggestions. I’m wondering if you have any suggestions that aren’t so America-centric? I also want to learn more but I’m not American so the US laws aren’t too relevant to my country.


Hmm I haven't really read anything about racism in other countries. I'd be interested to know if you find something. Re sexism, maybe "Down Girl" by Kate Manne. It's a bit on the hyper progressive end of the spectrum for my taste so I'd quibble with some of it but overall she offers a great analysis and seems super influential in the space. I don't recall it being particularly US focused though I think it does make some reference to US politics but it would still be valuable if you just skipped those parts. Realistically US politics is the water I swim in so I'm probably not going to notice that bias very well.


Thank you! I’ll check it out! :)


Came here to comment the New Jim Crowe fantastic read


Thank you!


I have read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color blindness: by Michelle Alexander and would recommend it. Another book I would Recommend is White Rage by Dr. Carol Anderson. Anderson details her thesis of white backlash in the United States, stating that structural racism has brought about white anger and resentment. According to her analysis of American history, whenever African Americans gained social power, there was considerable backlash. She describes the Jim Crow era as a reaction to the end of the US Civil War and the Reconstruction era. She further describes the shutdown of schools in response to the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling and the opposition to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as the cause of the Southern Strategy and the War on drugs, which she says both attempted to disenfranchise black voters. Honestly when I have conversations with people about racial disparity this is my go to book to pull arguments or thoughts from. Aside from being an amazing source of the disenfranchisement of African American history several of the sections give examples of how these tactics have also harmed white communities. Being able to show how certain policies have harmed not just their fellow Americans but also their own communities has allowed me to get a foot in the door in several cases, so that I can then have the rest of the conversation. So not only is White Rage a fantastic book about racial injustice in America, I believe that it also offers a path to bring that information to individuals that would normally ignore or gloss over it.


Seconding Good and Mad!


If you liked that one you might also like **Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower** *by Brittney Cooper.* Traister recommended it in one of the podcasts she did. I read about half of it and it was a bit too memoir-y for what I was looking for at the time but it does cover a lot of the same themes from a different perspective.


I’ll look it up, thanks!


Anything by bell hooks but particularly *Killing Rage* or *Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black* or *Ain’t I a Woman*


I would also recommend " The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love" which highlights how the patriarchy negatively affects men and their ability to be intimate with their own emotions and the people in their life. It's good to see how the patriarchy is bad for men too.


I haven’t read that one yet, but I’m putting it on my list. From what I’ve read so far of her work, she does touch on that at times, but I would definitely read an entire book specifically dedicated to examining the negative effects of patriarchal society on men. Thanks for the recommendation.


Seconding this. Ain't I a Woman by Bell Hooks. Also, Assata: An Autobiography.


*The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present* by David Treuer *Learning from the Germans: Confronting Race and the Memory of Evil* by Susan Neiman *Bullshit Jobs: A Theory* by David Graeber *How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them* by Jason Stanley *Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland* by Jonathan Metzl


I second Bullshit Jobs. Very eye-opening and well written.


{{Between the Wold and Me}} by Ta-Nehisi Coates and {{Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents}} by Isabel Wilkerson


[**Between the World and Me**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25489625-between-the-world-and-me) ^(By: Ta-Nehisi Coates | 152 pages | Published: 2015 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, memoir, race, audiobook | )[^(Search "Between the Wold and Me")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Between the Wold and Me&search_type=books) ^(This book has been suggested 31 times) [**Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51152447-caste) ^(By: Isabel Wilkerson | 496 pages | Published: 2020 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, history, politics, race | )[^(Search "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents&search_type=books) ^(This book has been suggested 16 times) *** ^(137243 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Pérez It's extremely information heavy, but well worth the effortll


Similar to this, {{Weapons of Math Destruction}}


[**Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28186015-weapons-of-math-destruction) ^(By: Cathy O'Neil | 259 pages | Published: 2016 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, science, politics, technology | )[^(Search "Weapons of Math Destruction")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Weapons of Math Destruction&search_type=books) >We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives--where we go to school, whether we can get a job or a loan, how much we pay for health insurance--are being made not by humans, but by machines. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules. >But as mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil reveals, the mathematical models being used today are unregulated and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination--propping up the lucky, punishing the downtrodden, and undermining our democracy in the process. ^(This book has been suggested 7 times) *** ^(137144 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Definitely a great book, but I would just encourage a touch of caution when reading, to avoid falling into making the same biologically essentialist assumptions this book (or rather, its author) occasionally makes: Data bias is indeed rife and often disadvantages not only women, but also ethnic minority groups (e.g. pharmacokinetics and -dynamics is less understood in non-white populations) and also non-WEIRD (Western, Egalitarian, Industrialised, Rich, Democratic) populations. There's a noted reproducibility and extrapolation problem with a lot of medical and psychological research, as well as just all human-sample research, as research samples often recruit rather homogenous samples (white, Anglophone, male, middle-class, English-speaking, able bodied, neurotypical, etc.) The outcomes of research using such samples is sometimes, but crucially not always, able to be extrapolated to all people; context matters. Specifically, Criado Perez sometimes extrapolates sex (rather than gender) as being the deciding factor, which is in contrast to evidence suggesting that gender and gendered performance can have just as much - if not more - of an impact. e.g. traditionally 'masculine' behaviour in women has been observed to sometimes reduce inequality of outcomes in female leaders, traditionally 'feminine' behaviour in men has sometimes been observed as having a negative impact on outcomes, and trans people who are treated consistently with their acquired gender often experience the same outcomes as that gender, rather than the gender they were observed at birth. These facts do not detract from many of the messages, findings, and lessons from Criado Perez's research, but it's always worth being aware of potential drawbacks in research, books, etc. She's done great work to advance the representation of women, though, and I am by no means trying to detract from that, it's just that her work can be a tad reductive and essentialist sometimes, as all things are prone to being.


I’m reading this book now, thanks for this comment!


Another one is {{Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech}}


[**Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38212110-technically-wrong) ^(By: Sara Wachter-Boettcher | 240 pages | Published: 2017 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, tech, technology, design | )[^(Search "Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech&search_type=books) >Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are that we can now do it online. But few of us realize just how many oversights, biases, and downright ethical nightmares are baked inside the tech products we use every day. It’s time we change that. > > >In Technically Wrong, Sara Wachter-Boettcher demystifies the tech industry, leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we use—and to demand more from the companies behind them. > > >A Wired Top Tech Book of the Year > >A Fast Company Best Business and Leadership Book of the Year ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(137568 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


One of my favorites is Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody. It is a memoir written in 1968 by a woman who was born in 1940. She lived in the Jim Crow south and participated in protests and sit-ins including one at a Woolworth’s lunch counter, for which there are famous photos. She describes what life was like as a child, how she got angry enough to participate in the movement, and the fear associated with doing so. In the 1980s she did an interview, reflecting on what had happened 20 years ago and hoping that it had made a difference. Otherwise she lived a private life after that. She has passed away. Enlightening and easy to read, especially when you can imagine people today feeling what she felt fifty years ago, and reflecting on what has changed and what hasn’t. Best wishes and thanks for the post and reading list.


Playing In The Dark is an essay by Toni Morrison about the use of black characters in classic white literature. Highly recommend.


{{The fire next time}}


[**The Fire Next Time**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/464260.The_Fire_Next_Time) ^(By: James Baldwin | 106 pages | Published: 1963 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, essays, race, classics | )[^(Search "The fire next time")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=The fire next time&search_type=books) >A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as “sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle…all presented in searing, brilliant prose,” The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature. ^(This book has been suggested 8 times) *** ^(137137 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)




Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Surprised I had to scroll so far down for this. Really great book.


{{The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion By Jonathan Haidt}} Analyzes the source of your political bias, and offers solutions on how to better cooperate. Cause at the end of the day we all have the same goals, we just prioritize different ways of getting to them.


[**The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11324722-the-righteous-mind) ^(By: Jonathan Haidt | 419 pages | Published: 2012 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, psychology, politics, nonfiction, philosophy | )[^(Search "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion By Jonathan Haidt")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion By Jonathan Haidt&search_type=books) >An alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780307377906 can be found here. > >Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. >  >His starting point is moral intuition—the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right. He blends his own research findings with those of anthropologists, historians, and other psychologists to draw a map of the moral domain. He then examines the origins of morality, overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creatures. But rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic, he makes a more subtle claim—that we are fundamentally groupish. It is our groupishness, he explains, that leads to our greatest joys, our religious divisions, and our political affiliations. In a stunning final chapter on ideology and civility, Haidt shows what each side is right about, and why we need the insights of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians to flourish as a nation. ^(This book has been suggested 20 times) *** ^(137116 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Hood Feminism is not perfect but is a great resource for learning more about intersectional feminism and the dangers of not centering intersectionality.




Good for you! This is a refreshing post to read. I learned a lot from and highly recommend What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat.


If you want to learn about inter-generational connections in how our bodies process foods/sugar, check out _Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease_ by Robert H. Lustig. It was an illuminating read on many levels, especially when it comes to prenatal choices a mother can make to have lasting impact.


The Other Wes Moore is the book that really made me understand systemic racism. It's about two black men who are both named Wes Moore. One ended up rich and accomplished, and one went to jail for life. It details the differences in their lives and how systemic racism and poverty made it inevitable that one went to jail


Caste by Isabel Wilkerson


While I read fairly diversely, I also wanted to learn (much) more about race relations in the U.S. I also highly recommend Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. It shifted my perspective.


{{Just Mercy}} is one of my all time favorite books. It’s the one book I shove in as many peoples hands as I can. Please read it! It’s incredible, and will move you!


[**Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20342617-just-mercy) ^(By: Bryan Stevenson | 336 pages | Published: 2014 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, memoir, book-club, social-justice | )[^(Search "Just Mercy")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Just Mercy&search_type=books) >An unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America — from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our time. > >Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned. > >Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice. > >One of EJI’s first clients was Walter McMillian, a young Black man who was sentenced to die for the murder of a young white woman that he didn’t commit. The case exemplifies how the death penalty in America is a direct descendant of lynching — a system that treats the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocent. ^(This book has been suggested 23 times) *** ^(137123 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


the autobiography of malcolm x


Disability visibility by Alice Wong


Came here to recommend this!


I’ll have to check this out! Thanks for this recommendation


bell hooks would a really great voice to add to the mix. Maybe start with Feminism is for everybody (-:


Aint I a woman is also rly good


Came here to say this.


We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond


Chimamanda just outted herself as a massive transmisogynist, so caution on that one


Seconding Evicted - *excellent* book.


Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. I came into this thread to see if it was recommended, and I am surprised that it isn't. Summary from Wikipedia: The book describes racism in the United States as an aspect of a caste system – a society-wide system of social stratification characterized by notions such as hierarchy, inclusion and exclusion, and purity. Wilkerson does so by comparing aspects of the experience of American people of color to the caste systems of India and Nazi Germany, and she explores the impact of caste on societies shaped by them, and their people.


The madness of crowds by Douglas Murray.




[**Beloved (Beloved Trilogy, #1)**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6149.Beloved) ^(By: Toni Morrison | 324 pages | Published: 1987 | Popular Shelves: fiction, classics, historical-fiction, magical-realism, owned | )[^(Search "Beloved")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Beloved&search_type=books) >Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past. > >Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe’s house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. > >Sethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe’s terrible secret explodes into the present. > >Combining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison’s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature. ^(This book has been suggested 64 times) *** ^(137041 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Came here to suggest this. That book broke me, stays with you forever


N. K. Jemisin's is a great author not for informing yourself through theory, but for a bit of... Immersion and exposure therapy to noncishet nonwhite experiences. They are fantasy books but also great treaties on the how race and gender and capitalism and the system in general interact and determine a lot about people and also about what society expects from them. The broken earth and inheritance series in particular are great views on womanhood and religion, respectively


Here to second {{the broken earth trilogy}}


[**The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season / The Obelisk Gate / The Stone Sky**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38496769-the-broken-earth-trilogy) ^(By: N.K. Jemisin | 1424 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: fantasy, fiction, science-fiction, sci-fi, sci-fi-fantasy | )[^(Search "the broken earth trilogy")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=the broken earth trilogy&search_type=books) >This collectable boxed set edition includes all three books in N. K. Jemisin's incredible NYT bestselling and three-time Hugo award-winning Broken Earth Trilogy. > >This complete collection would be a great gift for any occasion and includes The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky. > > >This is the way the world ends for the last time... > > > >A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. > >This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. ^(This book has been suggested 14 times) *** ^(137121 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Thank you!


Do please read *Black Like Me* by John Howard Griffin. It's old now (1961) but still incredibly relevant. The author is white, stained his skin chemically black enough to pass and travellen in the segregated South. Everyone should read it.


We had this read to us at school - we were ten years old! It made a huge impact on me, and is the main reason why I became aware of racism.\[and try very hard to avoid it.\]


I'll add this onto the list !


Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid is a good fiction choice to check out! I really enjoyed this one.


{The Cooking Gene} by Michael Twitty. One of the most—if not the most —interesting mediations on what it means to be a descendant of enslaved people in America.


[**The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29099264-the-cooking-gene) ^(By: Michael W. Twitty | 480 pages | Published: 2017 | Popular Shelves: food, non-fiction, history, nonfiction, memoir | )[^(Search "The Cooking Gene")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=The Cooking Gene&search_type=books) ^(This book has been suggested 8 times) *** ^(136975 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Thank you!


Just an FYI if you read The Cooking Gene - Twitty uses the word “mulatto” and while he’s using it in a historical context, he never explains that it’s a slur. So please know that it’s an extremely offensive slur for mixed race people.


Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks. I like to recommend this to people who don't understand feminism as it is simple, short (60ish pages) and available for free if you google the title and include "pdf".


On a related note, /r/trollxchromosomes has been a great learning experience for me


Cynical theories by James Lindsay


Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race.


Start with one of the essays that introduced the term "white privilege" into our vernacular- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh. You can find it free online.


I don’t have a specific book in mind, but I would say, once you have a grasp of the basics on what is not OK anymore (it never was but now people are aware of it), try to read some books written at a time when sexism and racism were the norm and see if you notice the sexism and racism. If you go « oh this is not ok », you’ll see that you have made some progress and can apply that to life too.


The Case for Reparations beautifully summarizes enormous parts of a complicated history. Helps provide context for today’s conversation about blackness & America. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/


{Not that Bad: Dispatches from a Rape culture}} {{The 57 Bus}}


[**The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33155325-the-57-bus) ^(By: Dashka Slater | 320 pages | Published: 2017 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, young-adult, ya, lgbtq | )[^(Search "The 57 Bus")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=The 57 Bus&search_type=books) >One teenager in a skirt. >One teenager with a lighter. >One moment that changes both of their lives forever. > >If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight. ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(137237 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis Medical Apartheid Bad Feminist and Hunger by Roxane Gay A Fine Balance Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde (not necessarily what you're looking for but an important read) The Body Keeps Score Random Family Americanah Between the World and Me The Beauty Myth


How to be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi and the accompanying journal is FANTASTIC White Rage by Carol Anderson (FANTASTIC REAL history book of racism in America)


Inferior by Angela Saini.


{{A People's History of the United States}} by Howard Zinn


[**A People's History of the United States**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2767.A_People_s_History_of_the_United_States) ^(By: Howard Zinn | 729 pages | Published: 1980 | Popular Shelves: history, non-fiction, nonfiction, politics, owned | )[^(Search "A People's History of the United States")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=A People's History of the United States&search_type=books) >Library Journal calls Howard Zinn’s iconic A People's History of the United States “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those…whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.” Packed with vivid details and telling quotations, Zinn’s award-winning classic continues to revolutionize the way American history is taught and remembered. Frequent appearances in popular media such as The Sopranos, The Simpsons, Good Will Hunting, and the History Channel documentary The People Speak testify to Zinn’s ability to bridge the generation gap with enduring insights into the birth, development, and destiny of the nation ^(This book has been suggested 52 times) *** ^(137346 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Me & White Supremacy - Layla F. Saad Caste: The Origins of our Discontent - Wilkerson White Fragility - Robin D'Angelo Thick: and other essays - Tressie McMillan Cottom


Also, The Warmth of Other Suns, also Wilkerson


an amazing book to check out is {{Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People}} by Ben Freeman. it’s not a book just for jewish people, it’s useful for everyone


[**Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55927629-jewish-pride) ^(By: Ben M. Freeman | 352 pages | Published: ? | Popular Shelves: jewish, buwa-ns-shoah-israel-etc, 2021-releases, not_at_lib, non-fiction-contemp | )[^(Search "Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People&search_type=books) >Despite what we are told, Jewish people must never warp or change our identities to fit in. We do not need to make ourselves “acceptable”, because we are acceptable, just as we are. Yet we cannot force the non-Jewish world to see that. This is their journey. Our journey is one of Jewish Pride." > >In Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, Ben M. Freeman, an internationally renowned educator, inspired by his experiences with LGBTQ+ pride, aims to educate, inspire and empower Jewish people to reject the shame of antisemitism imposed on Jews by the non-Jewish world as well as non-Jewish perceptions of what it means to be a Jew. > >Enabling them to begin the process of defining their own identities as proud Jews through Jewish experience, Jewish history and Jewish values. Jewish Pride is an urgent and essential read. > >"The only people who get to define Jewish identity are Jewish people." > >"The Jewish journey is not just about fighting antisemitism. It is about rejecting the shame of antisemitism. Rejecting the non-Jewish world’s inaccurate definitions of what it means to be a Jew. It is an exploration of Jewish identity, based on Jewish values, Jewish ideas and Jewish experiences." ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(137367 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson ​ This book is AMAZING. I learned so much about my privilege as a white person and about America's history, as well as the history of Nazis and the caste system of India. Strongly suggest.


When Brooklyn was Queer and We Have Always Been Here for LGBTQ history


Note that history books are always written from one point of view so I always recommend seeking more than one option, good books will have a good reference section, and it's usually a treasure trove of books and articles that will greatly expand understanding. Some of these are US specific, not sure if you are in the US or not. Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (this would be my first choice) An Indigenous People's History of the United States - Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived - Adam Rutherford 1491 by Charles Mann A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School - Adam Fortunate Eagle Stamped from the Beginning - Ibrim Kendi The American Story of Freedom - Eric Foner


I don't have any suggestions but kudos to you for recognizing room for improvement, and seeking to educate yourself. The world would be a much better place if more people did this ♥️


Came to say this!!! Good on ya!


Check out the autobiography of Malcolm X. It will blow your mind


{{Girl, woman, other}}


[**Girl, Woman, Other**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41081373-girl-woman-other) ^(By: Bernardine Evaristo | 453 pages | Published: 2019 | Popular Shelves: fiction, feminism, contemporary, book-club, read-in-2020 | )[^(Search "Girl, woman, other")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Girl, woman, other&search_type=books) >Joint Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2019 > >Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood > >Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. > >Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible. ^(This book has been suggested 39 times) *** ^(137135 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


{{Stamped from the Beginning}} really changed my view of US history. So did {{Lies across america}} {{The Other Wes Moore}} is a good book about how easy it is to end up going down the wrong path. {{Constructing the political spectacle}} really opened my eyes to how manipulated we are when it comes to policy. {{How to be an anti-capitalist}} gives a very straightforward explanation of capitalism and anti-capitalist. Super short. {{The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist}} is about how messed up our criminal justice system is. {{The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks}} is about how messed up our health care system is. {{The Queen: The forgotten life behind an American myth}} shows how the whole welfare cheat narrative is bull shit. {{Weaponized Lies: How to think critically in the post-truth era}} is about the manipulation of statistics to push certain narratives. And for sexism in the media/world {{Trainwreck: The Women we love to hate, mock, and fear...and why}}


*How to Be an Antiracist* by Ibram X. Kendi


Thank you!


Hey OP! I'm putting this way down in the comments where probably only you will see it. I applaud your desire to promote some healthy self-change. It may be useful, beyond reading, to go out and spend some time with people who are different than you. I bet you could find a volunteering opportunity that puts you into contact with a wide spectrum of people in real life. That might do more to "update" your attitudes compared to reading a book. Maybe thats not an option for you, or maybe you don't feel ready for that. I'm just putting it out there as an alternate or corresponding strategy. Good luck!


Seconding this--coming from a similar perspective as OP, I found this very informative.


I have a few possible recommendations, but will take a while to remember them; will edit this comment as I do so. Of course these are just books I've found useful for broadening my personal worldview, your own mileage may vary! A few off the top of my head: - {The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House} by Audré Lorde, a seminal but not-so-dense book in studies of feminist and intersectional standpoint theory, basically telling us that we shouldn't punch down just to advance our own goals. - {My New Gender Workbook} by Kate Bornstein, which helps to examine gender roles and gendered performance through a specifically trans lens, but with nonetheless transferable insights for all audiences. - {The Handmaid's Tale} by Margaret Atwood, a dystopian fiction which prompts us to reorient and challenge our normative and traditional gender(ed) roles and perceptions, particularly to help understand the importance of women's bodily autonomy, which has historically been co-opted and controlled by men. - {The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet} by Becky Chambers; a slice-of-life sci-fi that centres interstellar narratives in a socially conscious and anthropological framework, allowing for novel conceptions of human and extrahuman notions of social life, sexuality, anatomy, diplomacy, etc. EDIT: Thought of some more... - {Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche} by Ethan Watters; not so much about privilege directly (though I note that looking to privilege will not the be-all and end-all of compassionate thinking), but it provides a critical view of how contemporary Westen psychiatry cannot be extrapolated to everyone, everywhere. - {Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class} by Owen Jones; might be more relevant for those from the UK, but a good text to help challenge classist thinking. - {Enforcing Normativity: Disability, Deafness, and the Body} by Lennard J. Davis; good for challenging narratives of the 'normal' and the 'pathological' in relation to disability and ableism, though quite dense.


[**The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38598541-the-master-s-tools-will-never-dismantle-the-master-s-house) ^(By: Audre Lorde | 64 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, feminism, essays, nonfiction, race | )[^(Search "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House&search_type=books) ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) [**My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15858701-my-new-gender-workbook) ^(By: Kate Bornstein | 293 pages | Published: 2012 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, queer, nonfiction, gender, lgbtq | )[^(Search "My New Gender Workbook")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=My New Gender Workbook&search_type=books) ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) [**The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38447.The_Handmaid_s_Tale) ^(By: Margaret Atwood | 314 pages | Published: 1985 | Popular Shelves: fiction, classics, dystopian, dystopia, science-fiction | )[^(Search "The Handmaid's Tale")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=The Handmaid's Tale&search_type=books) ^(This book has been suggested 89 times) [**The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22733729-the-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet) ^(By: Becky Chambers | 518 pages | Published: 2014 | Popular Shelves: sci-fi, science-fiction, fiction, scifi, lgbt | )[^(Search "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet&search_type=books) ^(This book has been suggested 237 times) *** ^(137101 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


I do recommend Feminism is For Everybody by bell hooks


Black in Britain by David Olosuga - fascinating book about all the forgotten and hidden black and mixed heritage people in the UK, from medieval times to the present day. \[there are two versions of this; the short, abridged one for kids and the longer one for adults.\]


{{down and out in paris and london}} You won't hear grand new ways of thinking. But its writing style makes you empathize with the lower classes from back then, and at least i could very much relate to how the same 'attitudes' are still around regarding how to deal with homeless or poor people.


[**Down and Out in Paris and London**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/393199.Down_and_Out_in_Paris_and_London) ^(By: George Orwell | 213 pages | Published: 1933 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, classics, fiction, memoir, biography | )[^(Search "down and out in paris and london")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=down and out in paris and london&search_type=books) >This unusual fictional memoir - in good part autobiographical - narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-outs of two great cities. The Parisian episode is fascinating for its expose of the kitchens of posh French restaurants, where the narrator works at the bottom of the culinary echelon as dishwasher, or plongeur. In London, while waiting for a job, he experiences the world of tramps, street people, and free lodging houses. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and of society. ^(This book has been suggested 11 times) *** ^(137187 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism by Charles W. Mills


Bill Bryson 1927


Shrill by Lindy Grant is an entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a woman with completely different struggles than what she has.


1. Indecent Theology by Marcella Altaus-Reid 2. Sisters in the Wilderness by Deloris Williams 3. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde


I know you’ve already gotten an overwhelming amount of replies, but I’ve mostly seen non-fiction. A good fiction offering, for a change of pace, covering feminism and gender specifically, but many other topics as well, is the left hand of darkness. As another “privileged” person, books have always been an amazing source of introspection, knowledge gathering, and gaining tools, even just small, that I feel make me a better human, and help make the world a better place for my fellow humans.


"The Drama of the Gifted Child" is the best psychology book ever written imho. Read that and you may learn more about you're safe than you're totally comfortable with.


Everyone has privilege. You would like a book that focuses on whose privilege?


{{In Order to Live: a North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park}}. She recently escaped North Korea, was a victim of Chinese trafficking, and is now an activist for free speech.


[**In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24611623-in-order-to-live) ^(By: Yeonmi Park, Maryanne Vollers | 273 pages | Published: 2015 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, memoir, biography, north-korea | )[^(Search "In Order to Live: a North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=In Order to Live: a North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park&search_type=books) ^(This book has been suggested 4 times) *** ^(137319 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg


A rather old book that opened my eyes when I was about 16: *Black Boy* by Richard Wright. And then there was *Black Beauty* by Anna Sewell, which still breaks my heart and makes me rethink my attitude toward animals. I will never ride in one of those horse-drawn carriages in NYC, or any other city.


• Hunger: A Memoir of my Body by Roxane Gay • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah


More books for open minds and those who suffer FOMO.


Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich — about the working poor Jesus and the Disinherited (1940s book by Rev Dr Howard Thurman, crazy how relevant it is today) Also you might want to consider some books on handling emotions and communication better, because those topics are often dismissed as “snowflake” or “soft” — but diving into those topics can help you become more empathetic — Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend comes to mind


I'd recommend {{Waking up White}} if it hasn't already been mentioned. It really opened my eyes, even as educated as I thought I was.


[**Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20665987-waking-up-white) ^(By: Debby Irving | 288 pages | Published: 2014 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, race, memoir, social-justice | )[^(Search "Waking up White")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Waking up White&search_type=books) >Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she's changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the antiracism movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White's personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues. ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(137357 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


The wretched of the earth - Frantz Fanon


Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is excellent, taught me a lot about race and was a really easy read


Great choice, especially for open minds and kind hearts.


The Hidden Cost of being African American (Shapiro)




Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram Kendi


Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly is my absolute favorite nonfiction book!!


I’m sure you have way more recommendations that you know what to do with by now, but I would definitely definitely definitely recommen Howard Zinn’s book, the People’s history of the United States. I would also recommend: Any books written by James Baldwin And Malcolm X’s autobiography.


Also if you’re interested in fiction, {{Homegoing}} is excellent


I recommend Caste by Isabel Wilkerson which has many mentions here. And sorry if these were mentioned, but I didn't see them: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (classic, poetic, deeply thoughtful focus on life and solutions for opportunity after Emancipation) The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (fictional journey from the Deep South to Harlem, also a classic and beautifully written) This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins. This book of personal essays opened my eyes about aspects of life. Things Jerkins said spring to my mind quite often. There are obviously many outstanding Black fiction writers. But in case she was overlooked here: Nella Larsen. Her novels Passing and Quicksand are both wonderful! Set in the 1920's. I read them back to back and loved them! I wished they were longer or she had more books!!


Most of these lean more into short essay/ memoir-ish territory but I do think they were really helpful in my own education. Hunger - Roxane Gay Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay Sissy - Jacob Tobia Shrill - Lindy West When They Call you a Terrorist - Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors So You Want to Talk about Race - Ijeoma Oluo Girls and Sex - Peggy Orenstein (she also just wrote "Boys and Sex" but I have not read that yet)


Why i'm no longer talking to white people about race And The guilty feminist


The best thing I’ve ever seen on race is the documentary by Ava DuVernay called “13th” on Netflix. Changed my outlook on race forever. So well laid out and made me feel more educated and able.


I agree with several suggestions and won't repeat them and wanted to add Nickle and Dimed


Insurance probably isn't saying you don't need the therapy. They are just arbitrarily choosing not to cover it for those who need it. Understandable in an era when insurance co are raking in profits


I would read Twelve Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson. That book helped me to stop being angry about politics and to start to make the things around me better. Also, some good history books. Everyone alive today is privileged compared to just a few hundred years ago.


White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. I recently read this book and I learned a lot from it. As a white woman I want to use my whiteness to be an ally for POC. Use my white privilege for the benefit of others. This book blew my mind. And made me want to learn even more about race relations and racism and how I can help. It made me look inward, and reflect on the personal growth needed to be the best person I can be.


This does not seem genuine and 100% comes off as virtue signaling. Like a quick google search could not have given you every book that will be suggested here?


White Rage. I can’t say enough about this book.


I see you are getting a lot of privilege doesn't exist comments so I wanted to share an example of privilege that I think is less controversial/politicized that you and others you can use to broach the topic: Ableism The campus where I work is very hilly, has these giant steps that are more for architectual beauty than practicality, and has a lot of cobblestone paths. There is also a bunch of deferred maintenance so elevators and doors that automatically open are frequently out of order. Someone with mobility issues (and they can be permanent like a wheelchair or temporary like crutches) has to take much longer routes to get places. And they may have a regular route that suddenly becomes impassable because the elevator out. They have to leave earlier for class, there is extra stress when trying to cross campus, those stupid cobblestones might cause pain as they wheel across them because they are so bumpy. The ability to just walk across without thinking much about your path is an unearned benefit or a privilege. To see an elevator is out and just get to take the stairs is an unearned benefit. Getting to start your day later because you can take any path is an unearned benefit. Not having the extra stress about being late to class if the automatic door won't open is an unearned benefit because you just use the other door. It is unearned because you didn't choose to be able bodied, you were just born that way. And, since privilege is context dependent, this can change. Maybe you break your leg, suddenly you have lost your privilege and have similar struggles, albeit temporarily. Now we can think about how the issue can be compounded if we struggle in other areas of our lives. Maybe you struggle to get out of bed because of depression but you have timed your route perfectly so you show up right on time for class but not a minute earlier. Break your leg and now the lack of mobility plus your depression makes it even harder. Maybe you got an 8am class because you had the last orientation date because your family had to save up money for the orientation fee. Now your broken leg plus your socioeconomic status means you are getting up much earlier than your roommate just to get to class. I find people who insist there is no such thing as privilege can at least start to see that it does exist and we usually don't even notice we have it until we lose it.


I know you’re getting tons of suggestions but the power of now by Stacy abrhams was a great look into the voter suppression that has happened generationally in the south. It was moving to see her perspective vs her grandparents perspective on voting and the judicial system in America.


*The Hate U Give* by Angie Thomas


Black Against Empire really opened my eyes about how aggressively the US government shut down and targeted black Americans attempts to organize into a legitimate political organization.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond gave me a new insight and understanding into poverty and homelessness.


Sorry if this is a repeat but I've heard good things about "White Fragility". It's been on my reading list for a while now. From https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566247/white-fragility-by-robin-diangelo/ "In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively."


When They Call You a Terrorist




Having and Being Had by Eula Bliss is an interesting but fairly easy read by an author who is in a situation you might connect to—she’s a woman who grew up poor before gaining financial success and buying her first home. The book is basically the author working out her feelings related to privilege, class, property, and social mobility. I think it’s a pretty digestible intro to some concepts you’re asking about here.


Their Eyes were watching God is an oldie, but one of my favs. When they call you a terrorist is outstanding too about the beginning of the blm movement. Then just to agree: the new jim crow, hood feminism, the color of law, the underground railroad. Other resources: The podcasts code switch, and scene on radio are helpful. On tv: 13th, when they see us, and the kalief browder story are all mind opening and heartbreaking. So glad you're on this journey!


I don’t have a specific book in mind, but I would say, once you have a grasp of the basics on what is not OK anymore (it never was but now people are aware of it), try to read some books written at a time when sexism and racism were the norm and see if you notice the sexism and racism. If you go « oh this is not ok », you’ll see that you have made some progress and can apply that to life too


Getting off Reddit and Twitter probably will help


There’s no such thing as “cultural appropriation”.


{{The Power}} will really open your eyes to the imbalance of gender.


[**The Power**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29751398-the-power) ^(By: Naomi Alderman | 341 pages | Published: 2016 | Popular Shelves: fiction, science-fiction, sci-fi, book-club, feminism | )[^(Search "The Power")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=The Power&search_type=books) >In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there's a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly. > >This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world. ^(This book has been suggested 43 times) *** ^(136997 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


"Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah covered some of this. The book is witty and funny while telling some hard truths.


Reproduction on the Reservation by Brianna Theobald The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates changed the way I saw the world. Factfulness by Hannah Rosin is good for when you want to get away from polemics and just look and understand the statistics (both good and bad) and why we skew them one way or another in our thinking. Jill Lepore’s These Truths is a very good history of US origin story and what parts have been left out.


I just finished {{Between the World and Me}}. Such a beautiful and moving letter to his son. Some of the ways he phrased the information was enlightening. I also loved {{Factfulness}} and was amazed at my ignorance of some of the categories of statistics. I have not read {{These Truths}} but will add it to my TBR pile, thank you!


[**Between the World and Me**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25489625-between-the-world-and-me) ^(By: Ta-Nehisi Coates | 152 pages | Published: 2015 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, memoir, race, audiobook | )[^(Search "Between the World and Me")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Between the World and Me&search_type=books) >“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” >  >In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? >   >Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. ^(This book has been suggested 32 times) [**Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34890015-factfulness) ^(By: Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund | 342 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, science, psychology, economics | )[^(Search "Factfulness")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Factfulness&search_type=books) >Factfulness:The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and a man who can make data sing, Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens, and reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. > Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world. > ^(This book has been suggested 47 times) [**These Truths: A History of the United States**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43726521-these-truths) ^(By: Jill Lepore | 960 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: history, non-fiction, nonfiction, politics, american-history | )[^(Search "These Truths")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=These Truths&search_type=books) >Widely hailed for its “sweeping, sobering account of the American past” (New York Times Book Review), Jill Lepore’s one-volume history of America places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—“these truths,” Jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise? > > >These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore wrestles with the state of American politics, the legacy of slavery, the persistence of inequality, and the nature of technological change. “A nation born in contradiction… will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history,” Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. With These Truths, Lepore has produced a book that will shape our view of American history for decades to come. ^(This book has been suggested 5 times) *** ^(137327 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Me and White Supremacy is fantastic


There are a lot of great nonfiction recommendations here; I’m going to add in a good mystery/psych suspense— {{the witch elm}} by tana French is one of my favorite novels of the past couple of years, and explores the concept of privilege and how people who seemingly had the same life can live in very different realities


[**The Witch Elm**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39720991-the-witch-elm) ^(By: Tana French | 528 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: mystery, fiction, thriller, mystery-thriller, audiobook | )[^(Search "the witch elm")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=the witch elm&search_type=books) >Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life: he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed. > >The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are. ^(This book has been suggested 4 times) *** ^(137040 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Penguin Random House publishes a series of books called the Pocket Change Collective. Each one tells a personal story on a social issue, ranging from climate change to cooking, though most of them also talk a lot about gender. They're going to be relatively basic, but reading personal stories can start you on some great research paths. I also recommend *Queer: A Graphic History* by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele. It's an illustrated guide to queer theory and history that tries to make all of the terminology and ideology approachable. Finally, if you already read some fiction, seek out non-white, non-male authors in your preferred genres! Being exposed to a variety of voices, even if they're not specifically talking about privilege/social issues, is educational in itself.


{{The madness of crowds}} by Douglass Murray. A fantastic read to how to traverse the political landscape


[**The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44667183-the-madness-of-crowds) ^(By: Douglas Murray | 288 pages | Published: 2019 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, politics, nonfiction, psychology, sociology | )[^(Search "The madness of crowds")](https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=The madness of crowds&search_type=books) >Douglas Murray examines the twenty-first century's most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and intersectionality. > >We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponization of identity, both accelerated by the new forms of social and news media. Narrow sets of interests now dominate the agenda as society becomes more and more tribal--and, as Murray shows, the casualties are mounting. ^(This book has been suggested 3 times) *** ^(137093 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Oh, there are lots of good books and authors. I'd put Tim Wise down for almost anything. Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E Baptist Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge Kindred by Octavia Butler Some of these books will make you angry and you might say, "but I haven't had it easy. Don't claim I have." This piece addresses this statement: [https://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/](https://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/) Because many of these issues have roots in class as well as economics this might also be helpful: [https://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor/](https://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor/) I really admire you wanting to look at what you might not know and find out; it's not fun but it's necessary if we're going to make it.


I want to reiterate Scalzi’s essay that @carolineecouture linked. It’s thought-provoking for sure, but I came to say {{Bad Feminist}} by Roxanne Gay is a fabulous book of essays as is {{Hunger}} by the same author.


There's some good TED talks on recognizing bias. I'd recommend to start browsing for talks from people that don't look like you... Cheers!


Bravo to you for even realizing this, & open to change!


1. Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell 2. Intellectuals and Race by Thomas Sowell


Damn. Thought this was a joke


Intellectuals and Race by Thomas Sowell


Lol come on now you know they're here just to recommend the same stale, regurgitated propaganda written by mentally unstable activists... not actual great books by brilliant (black) scholars.


I figured after reading the list of books on the thread that was the case, but I had to try lol


Definitely not, Sowell is a right wing hack




Racism Without Racists by Edward Bonilla Silva (might have spelled his name wrong) is a good look at systemic racism. I also strongly recommend Design Justice by Sasha Chock, which looks at how technology reinforces discrimination and how it can be changed.


You sir are a decent human being ❤️


Some suggestions off the top of my head are James Baldwin, Angela Davis, bell books, Betty Friedan and Chinua Achebe. If you have women or POC friends who you’re close with, if you ask in a respectful way and at a convenient time, most people are happy to tell you a bit about their experiences. Books are great but learning from the direct experience of those around you in your own life often makes a bigger impact. W.e.b. Du Bois’ ‘the souls of black folk’ is also a fantastic book.


Can someone let me know why I got downvoted? This is probably the least controversial thing I’ve ever written.


I believe it was your second paragraph. While the intention to understand some of these issues directly from the people experiencing them seems like a good idea, it is unfair to make educating others our problem. It is not my responsibility to help someone better understand their privilege just because I’m from a group that’s experienced discrimination. It places the work and the stress of fighting sexism and racism on the already oppressed group. As the person with the upper hand, it would be more responsible to take your education into your own hands. I’ll just also add that not every individual’s experience is the same and assuming that an individual can speak to these issues just because they are a certain sex or color is perpetuating sexist and racist ideals. Hope that helps! Your comment was well intentioned and I certainly agree with reading some of the authors you mentioned.


Oh yeah that makes total sense. I should have probably added more in the ‘at the right time and right person in the right way’. It is not people’s responsibility to educate you. I just know from my own experiences, when I’ve prioritised being someone that other can trust and they open up to me about the experiences that people who aren’t white men face, it’s clearer to understand rather than just reading from a book. But I absolutely do get the criticism. I read an article the other day about a similar topic titled something like “when black people are in pain, white people join a book club”, and it was all about how when something like BLM happens white people want to hear all about it but don’t want to actually do anything about it themselves. Black trauma becomes something that sells good.


I agree, definitely a case by case basis!


I like to read explanatory rather than prescriptive books. I'm totally on your same page - a bit behind the times when it comes to these issues. But I also know I'm capable of taking in new information and processing it without someone telling me the conclusion I should come to. I find a lot of the books written in the past few years take a "my way or the highway" approach to dealing with these issues, which is abrasive and counterproductive. I thoroughly enjoyed The Autobiography of Malcolm X. It was written decades ago, but is still shockingly relevant to today. Dude was incredibly smart and a great storyteller. I also thought Caste was very helpful in showing the history of how we got to where we are today.


‘Indoctrination: How 'Useful Idiots' Are Using Our Schools to Subvert American Exceptionalism’ by Kyle Olson


As far as privilege goes my best two recommendations are 1. Down and Out in London and Paris, George Orwell (trigger warning: don’t read the section about the red room) and 2. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich


Ethan of Athos, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Up make you reconsider a bunch of things. Conclusions are up to the reader.