It’s time for anti-racism

Being a non-racist is no longer enough, and it was never enough, and I see that clearly now. It’s time for anti-racism. It’s actually been time for a long time.

I am deeply saddened by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. I believe that Black Lives Matter. I stand with Black Americans in condemning violence and systemic racism toward Black people and all people of color. 

I recognize that merely stating these beliefs is not enough.

Here’s my commitment as a book blogger:

I will amplify the voices of Black authors and other authors of color.

I will look for more book bloggers of color to follow.

I acknowledge that I have much to learn about racism and anti-racism, and it’s my responsibility to do that learning. 

On my TBR:

Books specifically about anti-racism

  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Books by Black authors

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates  (it’s time to re-read this book)
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  • Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim

What books would you recommend?

5 thoughts on “It’s time for anti-racism

  1. I recommend The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. It’s nonfiction about “The Great Migration” and its aftermath. So thankful to the person who recommended it to me.

    I admire the tone of your post. You are resolute. I can’t even post. I just sit around quivering, ashamed of my own white pelt. That’s not a bit helpful. It’s not what the times require. But understanding (as much as I can) on a visceral level is a start.

    • Thanks for the recommendation of The Warmth of Other Suns. I’ve been wanting to read it for some time now, and this is going to be the year it happens. I’m grateful to you for recommending it.

      Your words are generous, and I’m undeserving of them. I think many of us feel ashamed, but now we can do some things to move in the right direction. As you say, it’s a start.

  2. I like this post. As a book blogger we can always do more. I make sure I read a wide variety of diverse authors. I enjoyed The Water Dancer, All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds, and Genesis Begins Again.

  3. Michele

    I’ve just discovered this blog and so am late to respond to this post. Thank you for these thoughtful words. I, too, spent the summer in reflection of my privilege in a systemically racist society, and read eight or nine books on the subject for guidance and illumination. I recommend Tears We Cannot Stop (Michael Eric Dyson) and for a more academic view, Racism Without Racists (Eduardo Bonilla-Silva). Also, two books by Claudia Rankine: Citizen and Just Us: An American Conversation.

    • Hi Michele. It’s great to hear you’re on this journey, as well. There’s much to open up to and learn. I’m thankful for your book recommendations, which I’ll be adding to my TBR.

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