The 2016 presidential election and the events that have unfolded in the United States since the election of Donald Trump have revealed the importance of educating ourselves about the realities of racism and White supremacy. The below list is a compilation of resources that I have found helpful in increasing my own knowledge of racism and the dynamics operating behind White supremacy and White privilege.
Now more than ever, people of faith must commit to proclaiming liberty to those who are held captive under the oppressive yoke of racism. We must work to give sight to the blind, those who because of their addiction to White supremacy and White privilege continue to diminish the humanity of their brothers and sisters of color, and in the process, effectively dehumanize themselves. We must preach freedom from every sort of oppression, including racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, islamophobia, and every other form of bigotry and hate.
Of course, this list is by no means comprehensive. There are so many resources out there with great insights and heartrending stories of racial oppression. As this page will be growing, please feel free to add your own list of resources via email or in the comments section.
Michelle Alexander – The New Jim Crow (2012).
James Baldwin – The Fire Next Time (1963).
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva – Racism Without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (2014).
Laura M. Cassidy & Alex Mikulich – Interrupting White Privilege: Catholic Theologians Break the Silence (2007).
Ta-Nehisi Coates – Between the World and Me (2015).
Joe R. Feagin – Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression (2006).
Joe R. Feagin – The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-framing (2013).
Ruth Frankenberg – The Social Construction of Whiteness: White Women, Race Matters (1993).
Ruth Frankenberg – Displacing Whiteness: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism (1997).
Marilyn Frye – The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory (1983).
Noel Ignatiev – How the Irish became White (2008).
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Why We Can’t Wait (2000).
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Strength to Love (2010).
Audre Lorde – Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde (2007).
Bryan Massingale – Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (2010).
Peggy McIntosh – White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies (1988).
Maggie Potapchuck & Sally Leiderman – Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community Building (2005).
Jim Wallis – America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America (2016).
Lynn Weber – Understanding Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (2010).
Cornell West – Race Matters (2001).
George Yancy – Look, a White! (2012).
George Yancy – White Self-criticality Beyond Anti-racism: How Does it Feel to be a White Problem? (2015).