Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Reading in a time of Rage

Here are some things to read and ponder.

List of Black Owned bookstores to order from. I just ordered Binti, 47, and The Fifth Season from Eso Won Books in LA.

Binti (Binti, #1) 47 The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)

List of Books about Black Kids Living. As it said on the tweet that led me to the list, "no tragedy porn here." I think it's important to read books that illuminate racism and police brutality, but it can't be all we read (or recommend). If books are windows and mirrors, paraphrasing Dr. Rudine Sims, then Black kids need to see themselves reflected in history, mystery, fantasy, adventure, romance...and non-Black readers need to see the same.

Slideshow of YA books that do specifically deal with racism and police brutality. I put this together for my students, so it includes books I currently have in my classroom library.

Blog post about culturally responsive leadership in education--specifically, about the high suspension rate of black and brown boys.

Kekla Magoon on modern minstrelsy and literary blackface.

How white people can move from ally to accomplice.

How words can skew understanding of riots and rebellions.

A poem.

Ben and Jerry's, of all things (people? companies), talking about systemic racism.

And finally, if you haven't seen Trevor Noah talking about how all of this connects--it's worth the time.


  1. I love Trevor Noah! He always seems to find words for what people are thinking but don’t know how to say. Thanks for the book recommendations!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I've been working on diversifying my reading for a few years now but then I realized I wasn't supporting Black businesses so I purchased several books from Black owned bookstores the past few days. One was Noah's book - which I've been wanting to read for years.

    Great list.

    Karen @ For What' It's Worth

  3. Thank you for this links. This gives me lots to think about.


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