Suggested Reading

Racial Healing: The Institute for the Healing of Racism *
by Reginald Newkirk and Nathan Rutstein, 2000

Uprooting Racism. How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, 3rd edition *
by Paul Kivel, 2011

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son *
by Tim Wise, 2011

Healing Racism in America: A Prescription for the Disease
by Nathan Rutstein, 1993

To be one: A battle against racism (Global transformation)
by Nathan Rutstein, 1988

Bread is a Simple Food: Teaching Children about Cultures
by Cherry Steinwender, 2011

* Available at a Room of One’s Own, 315 W. Gorham Street, Madison WI 53703, 608-257-7888 OR
Rainbow Bookstore, 426 W. Gilman St, Madison WI 53703, 608-257-6050

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander, 2012
“Now and then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don’t know how to face. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is such a work”
— The New York Review of Books

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
by Debby Irving, 2014

My First White Friend: Confessions on Race, Love and Forgiveness Paperback
by Patricia Raybon, 1997

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing
by Dr. Joy Degruy, 2005
As a result of twelve years of quantitative and qualitative research Dr. DeGruy has developed her theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, and published her findings in the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. The book addresses the residual impacts of generations of slavery and opens up the discussion of how the black community can use the strengths we have gained in the past to heal in the present.

A People’s History of the United States
by Howard Zinn, 1980
Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. He wrote the classic A People’s History of the United States, “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those … whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories” (Library Journal). The book, which has sold more than two million copies, has been featured on The Sopranos and Simpsons, and in the film Good Will Hunting. In 2009, History aired The People Speak, an acclaimed documentary co-directed by Zinn, based on A People’s History and a companion volume, Voices of a People’s History of the United States.

“The Origins of Privilege” article in the New Yorker:

“The emotions of white racism and antiracism”
by Lisa B. Spanierman, Arizona State University, and Nolan L. Cabrera, University of Arizona, 2015
(how can we turn white people’s emotions of apathy, fear, rage and guilt to the more productive emotions of empathy, moral outrage, compassion, joy and hope — and encourage productive action to eliminate racial bias?)

Towards A Perspective On Eliminating Racism: 12 Working Assumptions — By Ricky Sherover-Marcuse
Because racism is both institutional and attitudinal, effective strategies against it must recognize this dual character. The elimination of institutionalized racism requires a conscious project of attitudinal transformation. The deliberate attempt to transform racist patterns of thought and action must be accompanied by political and social change. The following assumptions offer a perspective for beginning the work.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson, 2011
In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence
by Doris Pilkington, 2013
This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back to their homelands. Assimilationist policy dictated that these girls be taken from their kin and their homes in order to be made white. Settlement life was unbearable with its chains and padlocks, barred windows, hard cold beds, and horrible food. Solitary confinement was doled out as regular punishment. The girls were not even allowed to speak their language. Of all the journeys made since white people set foot on Australian soil, the journey made by these girls born of Aboriginal mothers and white fathers speaks something to everyone.

Cry, the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton, 1948
An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 1948. Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015
Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer)

Following the Color Line, an Account of Negro Citizenship, in the American Democracy
by Ray Stannard Baker, 1908, 2012
Ray Stannard Baker was a Progressive-era journalist who studied and wrote about “the Negro question.” This book is a compilation of articles that appeared in several publications in about 1908. It represents the visits Baker made to South and North in an attempt to ascertain attitudes toward African-Americans of the day. He writes with total honesty, and some of his descriptions of lynchings are hard to take in. He interviewed both white and black Americans and offers chilling views of the attitudes of white Americans toward black ones … By today’s standards, Baker himself was a racist, but he was an honest observer and a keen student of black-white relations on the time.

Healing Racism: Education’s Role
by Mike Morgan (Author), Nathan Rutstein, 1996
Written by 16 Baha’i experts in race relations & eyewitnesses to the ravages of racial prejudice. Defines this national disease & tells how to diminish racism’s effects through classroom education emphasizing the oneness of humanity and the cousinship of all human beings. Inspirational guidebook for teachers & parents from early grades through college.

The Fatal Shore 
by Robert HUGHES, 1987
The history of the birth of Australia which came out of the suffereing and brutality of England’s infamous convict transportation system. With 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps.

Marriage Beyond Black and White
by David Douglas and Barbara Douglas, 2015
Marriage Beyond Black and White is a powerful story about the marriage of a black man and a white woman, and offers a poignant and sometimes painful look at what it was like to be an interracial couple in the United States from the early 1940s to the mid-1990s.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
by philosopher Thomas S. Kuhn, 1962, 1970, 1996
Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996) argued that scientific advancement is not evolutionary, but rather is a “series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions”, and in those revolutions “one conceptual world view is replaced by another”. The University of Chicago Press has released The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions to the benefit of all students of the history of science, philosophy, and the impact of science on society (and society on the development of science). If every there were a true classic on the history and development of science that is “must” reading for each new generation, it is Kuhn’s benchmark work, The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions.
Midwest Book Review

D.W. Griffith’s the Birth of a Nation: A History of the Most Controversial Motion Picture of All Time
by Melvyn Stokes, 2008
The Birth of a Nation (1915) remains the most controversial American film ever made, and its director, D. W. Griffith, one of the most extraordinary figures in film history. It was the first true feature film and did more than any other to launch Hollywood both as an industry and as an idea. The film consolidated a trend in cinematic technique and an approach to dramatic narrative that define American cinema to this day. As a great but ideologically troubled film that offers us a reflection of ourselves as Americans. The Birth of a Nation continues to intrigue, challenge, infuriate, and awe. The book explores in fascinating detail the warped view of history that this great film presents. Griffith, a Southerner, was intent on resurrecting, idealizing, and justifying the South.  In this deeply researched and vividly written volume, Melvyn Stokes illuminates the origins, production, reception and continuing history of this ground-breaking, aesthetically brilliant, and yet highly controversial movie.

Suggested reading on civil rights movement
The Kansas City Public Library suggests books for children (elementary, middle school, high school) about the civil rights movement:

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