Unless you’ve been taking a really long nap for the past week, or on a silent retreat somewhere, it’s likely you’re well aware what’s happening in the U.S. right now. So, my recommendations posts ceased for a while. Still, rather than add my own two cents to an already crowded field of performative expressions of grief, I’ll just say that today is Blackout Tuesday when, in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, folks are being urged to desist from use of social media except to share resources that strengthen knowledge on contemporary race relations, and the history of anti-Blackness in America: social, economic and political.

This list, published on is I think a great start for those hoping to educate themselves about this subject. Most of these books I have read personally, and others I have also had, at various times, recommended to me.

The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates

White Rage by Carol Anderson

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

And I would also add, as a personal favorite:

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young

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