10 Books to Read to Understand Racism in America

Click to read suggestions for understanding the history and present-status of racism in America from the My Life With Him and Them Blog

If you’re an avid reader and need suggestions for understanding the history and present status of racism in America, check out this list. Affiliate links included.

It’s no secret that we are in the midst of a crisis in America. The racial divide is difficult to navigate as a parent, a college instructor, and just as a citizen. I believe that we need to start to have honest and serious conversations with ourselves before true change can occur. 

As an avid reader, here’s a list of books that I recommend for anyone who wants to understand the historical and present implications of racism. Ironically, some of the books were required reading when I was in college but I believe they give great insight to the current state of our country.

America’s Original Sin

Between the World and Me

Uprooting Racism

White Privelege

Racism From a Non-White Perspective

White Rage

Racism Without Racists

Coming of Age in Mississippi

Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter

The Miseducation of the Negro

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Here’s a list of books related to teaching your children about racism and violence, because I’ve realized in my conversations with my kids about the violence in this country, we have to talk about the racism. Our conversations are far too frequent, and as of late, they are riddled with emotion and as a mom, I don’t always know what to say. Hopefully these books can help your family like they have helped ours.

The Answers: A Parent’s Guide to Discussing Racism With Children

Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

A Kid’s Guide to African American History

Amazing Peace

Do I Look Odd to You?

To Be a Kid

Mixed Me

Has your family used books to discuss the current state of our country? What were they?

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