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A Guide to Anti-Racist Resources | #blacklivesmatter #sayhisname

Hi everyone. Welcome to Nox the Reader, and today I'm sharing a compiled list of different anti-racist resources that I've seen shared on Bookstagram and Twitter. Please note: THIS LIST IS EVER-EVOLVING AND EXPANDING. AS I GATHER MORE INFORMATION, I WILL BE ADDING IT TO THIS GUIDE. IF THERE'S ANYTHING YOU FEEL I SHOULD ADD, PLEASE DM ME ON TWITTER @nox_reads, OR COMMENT DOWN BELOW.

Before I share this list, all I want to say is that I'm mad as hell and I'm tired. My dad always shared stories about living in Inglewood in the 90s during the time of Rodney King and the LA Riots. And it's almost 30 years later and nothing has changed. I've grown up surrounded by names as hashtags and videos cycled through the media and it's infuriating and heartbreaking and exhausting. And a lot of us are wondering what to do, how to break this system and burn it to the ground. And it starts with educating ourselves and uplifting the voices of others. In this list are books for education, social media accounts for activism, petitions to sign, and links to donate to. If you can't donate, that's fine. But please share these links and lists.

Also, use this guide for education. You want resources, here you go. Don't ask Black people what to do, put in the work. This isn't a call-out, I have to do the same. And I'm planning on it, starting now.
Picture of Anti-Racist Books created by Instagram user @jane_mount
Anti-Racist Literature Stack created by Instagram user @jane_mount

Books for Education (underlined titles are included in the Scribd list linked at the end of the list)

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  • Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • When Police Kill by Franklin E. Zimring
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity by Lise Funderburg
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • On the Other Side of Freedom: A Case for Hope by DeRay McKesson
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
  • Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon
  • Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Meaning of Freedom by Angela Y. Davis
  • Killing Rage by bell hooks
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
  • Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
  • How We Get Free by Haymarket Books
  • White Rage by Carol Anderson
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  • The Crunk Feminist Collection by Brittney C. Cooper, Susanna M. Morris, and Robin M. Boylorn
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton
  • Heavy by Kiese Laymon
  • Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom
  • Assata by Assata Shakur
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • My Time Among the Whites by Jennine Capó Crucet
  • Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis
  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
  • In the Matter of Color by A. Leon Higginbotham
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson and Dick Durbin
  • Walking with the Wind by John Lewis
  • No Justice by Robbie Tolan and Lawrence Ross
  • When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrice Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
  • Policing the Black Man by Angela J. Davis
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • Dark Days by James Baldwin
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
  • Superior by Angela Saini
  • We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
  • Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin King Luther, Jr.
  • Beyond the Pale by Vron Ware
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad 
  • Fight of the Century by James Baldwin
  • How We Fight for Our Lives by Saaed Jones
  • Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
  • Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson
  • The Undocumented Americans by Karla Conejo Villavicencio
  • Chokehold by Paul Butler
  • Black Imagination by Natasha Marin
  • Saving Ruby King by Catherine Abel West
  • Compton Cowboys by Walter Thompson-Hernandez
  • Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  • I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  • Conversations in Black by Ed Gordon
  • My Soul Looks Back by Juan Williams
  • Black Man, White House by D.L. Hughley
  • Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington
  • Negroland by Margo Jefferson
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young
  • Brainwashed by Tom Burrell
  • Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi
  • Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? by Haymarket Books [HAYMARKET IS CURRENTLY OFFERING THE EBOOK FOR FREE AT THIS LINK]
Additionally, for those with kids at home, A Kid's Book About Racism by Jelani Memory is aimed towards helping teach children about racism. It's recommended for ages five to nine.

If your children are older (around middle-school or early high-school), then This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell is a good fit for them.

The underlined titles can all be found on this list I made of Anti-Racist Lit on Scribd (which I'm still adding to).

Outside of reading for education, what else can you do? If you have the financial means, then please donate to the following organizations/fundraisers. If you are unable to donate, then please share the links so those who can see them.

Donate to:

Petitions to Sign (if you live internationally, you can use 90210 or 10001 for the zip code!)

Who to Contact

  • Text "RESIST" to 50409
  • Text "JUSTICE" to 55156
  • Text "ENOUGH" to 55156
  • Call the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at (651) 793-7000

If Going to a Protest

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IMPORTANT: Please remember to NOT share pictures or videos of protesters unless you have their consent or you blur out their faces and any identifiable markers (birthmarks, logos, tattoos, etc.)!

Also if tear-gassed or pepper-sprayed, only use water to flush it out! Do not use milk or milk of magnesia, use water. My aunt has been pepper-sprayed before and she said to stay calm, rush to the nearest water source and flush your eyes. Do not rub or touch them, it only makes it worse.

If you're going to a protest, please take down these numbers somewhere on your person (most recommend writing them on your arm) for legal aid. 
  • Richmond, VA Community Bail Fund [if inside a correctional facility] - (804) 291-8520
  • Richmond, VA Community Bail Fund [if outside a correctional facility] - (804) 601-4944
  • Houston, TX - Criminal Defense Attorney Eric Sundin (tweeted that they're willing to represent arrested protestors in Houston pro bono)
  • Minneapolis, MN Legal Help - (612) 444-2654
For an insight into what the peaceful protestors are doing, look at Jesse from Bowties and Books' Instagram highlights. They're protesting in Minneapolis and documenting it.

Social Media Accounts to Follow

Other Resources (some information may overlap)

Let's go forth and educate ourselves, everyone. We need to show up.
~ Nox

THIS LIST WAS LAST UPDATED AT 4:41 AM ON JUNE 25, 2020.

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