Top 10 Books On The Black Lives Matter Issue – Education, Evolution & Racist Discrimination
Unless you live in a cave far from civilization, you are probably aware of the Black Lives Matter movement. There are certain situations where black people are discriminated and face humiliation or abuses. The protest aims to provide equality to everyone out there. In fact, skin color should not even be discussed or be an issue anymore. Whether you struggle to understand the protest or you want to find out more about it, here are some of the best “Black Lives Matter” books and short books to get educated about discrimination.
Evil Aliens With Afros, by Daniel Joseph
Author Daniel Joseph underlines the systematic racism trend in the modern society. There is an obvious gap between white and black people. He describes in his short book some of his experiences as a teenager and exposes effects of racism through his own lifestyle. At the same time, he tries to help those who struggle in the exact same situation by teaching them the lessons he learned the hard way during his youth. Moreover, the author showcases how to fight for racial equality the right way.
Between The World And Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between The World And Me is an emotional book. It does not teach you how to fight racism, but it will bring in some hard thoughts and rough emotions. The book is basically written as a long letter. The author writes some words for his teenage son. He talks about the hassle, experiences, symbolism and feelings he has gone through as a black person in the USA. He shares some of the lessons he has learned as well.
Me And White Supremacy, by Layla Saad
Me And White Supremacy has been released prior to the recent protests, but it came out at the perfect time. The book is structured as a guide. It extends over 28 days and it is aimed at white people. The book tries to help them understand the struggle black people go through. White privileges and white supremacy issues are still present, even if they are not always visible or talked about. Unfortunately, black people experience them on a daily basis.
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
Colorblindness is not a good thing from a medical point of view, but it is the way of life when it comes to skin color. The election of Barack Obama underlined the beginning of a new age of colorblindness in the USA. However, it did not end racial discrimination. Instead, it redesigned it. The judicial system still targets more black people than white people, meaning colorblindness is far from being part of the modern society.
The Color Of Law, Richard Rothstein
This is one of the best “Black Lives Matter” books and short books to get educated about discrimination. It shows how various governments have actually promoted neighborhood segregation. It may not be so obvious because racial zoning is often disguised. The book goes a bit farther and underlines how builders create white only suburbs, not to mention tax exemptions for certain companies enforcing segregation. The book is a study that will most likely open your eyes.
Biased, by Jennifer Eberhardt
How do you define bias? Does bias affect racial inequities? Do governmental institutions actually try to combat these inequities? Do people have a role too? Based on science and investigations, Jennifer Eberhardt's book exposes racial bias that targets all kinds of societies. From schools and the legal system to neighborhoods and workplaces, racial inequities are everywhere. The good news is there are ways to overcome the issue.
Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Reni Eddo-Lodge's book digs into the source of racial feelings in black people. The black history is now eradicated, but some of the issues persist. There is a visible gap in class based on race and the author aims to reveal it, but also to discover a few ways to fight racism. The book is basically an exploration of what it feels like to be black in the UK these days. It is suitable for both black people who try to figure a way out of racial abuse and white people who need to understand what racism means.
Discrimination And Disparities, by Thomas Sowell
Discrimination And Disparities analyzes more issues responsible for the gap between different classes, countries and groups. Some of these issues include the fortune, while hard work is not to be overlooked either. Some of the less fortunate individuals are the victims of the more fortunate ones. Discrimination is also among the most common factors related to disparities between classes. Each of these things is thoroughly analyzed.
The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
This book is a classic. It consists of two different parts. They are written as letters. The book describes the author's youth years in Harlem, in a time when everyone around the area was condemned to have a hard life, especially with the racial injustice around. The book was a plea to end racism in the USA. It came out in 1963 and it became a bestseller. While things have definitely changed a lot since then, there is still racial injustice out there. Luckily, there are ways to combat it.
Begin Again, by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
This book can be described in a few different ways. It is a manifest against Donald Trump, as well as a request to achieve something by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. For the author, these times are similar to the times of the civil rights movement. Obviously, times have changed and there are different conditions, but at the end of the day, the change is still far from over.
How To Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
This is our plus one book to this list. The author is deeply empathic and he certainly sensitive for this topic as the director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center.
The author emphasizes that we all need to be part of the solution, it isn't enough to understand the problem here. We need to form how we look at the world and how we see each other.
Bottom line, these are some of the best “Black Lives Matter” books and short books to get educated about discrimination. Whether you want to find out more about what black people go through or you simply want to discover ways to motivate yourself or fight against racism, there is a heavy dose of truth and motivation in each of the above mentioned releases.