Books to help you understand & fight white supremacy

What White People Can Do Next

What White People Can Do Next

Emma Dabiri

In this robust and nuanced examination of race, class and capitalism, Emma Dabiri draws on years of academic study and lived experience, as well as personal reflections on a year like no other. With intellectual rigour, wit and...

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Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm

Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm

Robin DiAngelo

An incisive follow-up to the Sunday Times bestseller White Fragility asserting that it is white progressives who are responsible for inflicting the most daily harm on people of colour

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A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance

A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance

Hanif Abdurraqib

A celebration of Black culture beyond the white gaze, by one of America's most talked-about young cultural critics

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The Sum of Us

The Sum of Us

Heather McGhee

The heartbreaking, liberating truth about what racism has cost all of us.

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My Grandmother's Hands

My Grandmother’s Hands

Resmaa Menakem

My Grandmother's Hands is an extraordinary call to action for all of us to recognize that racism affects not only the mind, but also the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our racial...

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Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods

Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods

Otegha Uwagba

In this powerful and timely personal essay, best-selling author Otegha Uwagba reflects on racism, whiteness, and the mental labour required of Black people to navigate the two.

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Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male Power

Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male Power

Ijeoma Oluo

A bold and provocative look at white male power from the New York Times number one bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race.   

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White Feminism

White Feminism

Koa Beck

An analysis of how corporations are cashing in on feminism and how white women have excluded women of colour.

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This is Why I Resist

This is Why I Resist

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

An unfettered call to anti-racist action by the activist, political commentator and public speaker, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.

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The Purpose of Power

The Purpose of Power

Alicia Garza

In a powerful exploration of recent racial history, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter examines the moment we're in, how we got here, and how together we can build movements to create a just and equal world.

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Caste

Caste

Isabel Wilkerson

A startling and transformative account of how we are all tied up in a caste system, from NYT-bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson.     

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Anti-Racist Ally

Anti-Racist Ally

Sophie Williams

'Gives you the information you need to begin, or continue, your understanding of what it means to be a true anti-racist ally' Pippa Vosper Do you want to be an anti-racist ally?

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I'm Still Here

I’m Still Here

Austin Channing Brown

From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up as a Black woman in America.     

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Me and White Supremacy

Me and White Supremacy

Layla F Saad

Essential for all people who hold white privilege. This book will open your eyes and change your life.     

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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Emmanuel Acho

An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

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Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World

Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World

Cole Brown

Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World asks an important question: What is Blackness? It also provides the answer: Much more than you thought, dammit. 

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How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

A radical new way to think about racism and an inspiring treatise for what to do about it from the Winner of the National Book Award 2016 and founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center.

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So You Want to Talk About Race

So You Want to Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape - from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement - offering...

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge

The book that sparked a national conversation.  

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All Our Relations

All Our Relations

Tanya Talaga

The world's Indigenous communities are fighting to live and dying too young. In this vital and incisive work, Tanya Talaga explores intergenerational trauma and the alarming rise of youth suicide.

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 Read reviewWhite Tears, Brown Scars

White Tears, Brown Scars

Ruby Hamad

White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood.

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I Am Your Sister

I Am Your Sister

Audre Lorde

I Am Your Sister collects Audre Lorde's non-fiction prose from 1976 to 1990, and it is the first volume to provide a full picture of Lorde's political work.     

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Talkin' Up to the White Woman (20th Anniversary Edition)

Talkin' Up to the White Woman (20th Anniversary Edition)

Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Persuasive and engaging, Talkin' Up to the White Woman is a timely and necessary argument for the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in the teachings and practices that impact on Australia's pluralistic society. First published...

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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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The Relationship is the Project: Working with Communities

The Relationship is the Project: Working with Communities

Jade Lillie, Kate Larsen, Cara Kirkwood, Jax Jacki Brown

A new ‘right now' resource to help artists, cultural workers and organisations better engage with community-based projects

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 Read reviewJust Mercy

Just Mercy

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson grew up poor in the racially segregated South. His innate sense of justice made him a brilliant young lawyer, and one of his first defendants was Walter McMillian, a black man sentenced to die for the murder of a...

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Afropean: Notes from Black Europe

Afropean: Notes from Black Europe

Johny Pitts

Exploring Europe's cities, writer and photographer Johny Pitts offers a new way to think about being black in Europe today.

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 Read reviewGrowing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf

Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African...

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This Book Is Anti-Racist

This Book Is Anti-Racist

Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand

Learn about identities, histories, and anti-racism work in 20 carefully laid out chapters.

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Stamped from the Beginning

Stamped from the Beginning

Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning is a redefining history of anti-Black racist ideas that dramatically changes our understanding of the causes and extent of racist thinking itself.    

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How We Fight White Supremacy

How We Fight White Supremacy

Akiba Solomon, Kenrya Rankin

This celebration of Black resistance, from protests to art to sermons to joy, offers a blueprint for the fight for freedom and justice-and ideas for how each of us can contribute.

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The Little Red Yellow Black Book

The Little Red Yellow Black Book

AIATSIS, Bruce Pascoe

An introduction to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; their history and their cultures. Conveniently pocket-sized, its attractive design, lucid writing and beautiful illustrations provide a wide-ranging but...

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The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke

'Maxine Beneba Clarke is a powerful and fearless storyteller...Clarke is the read deal, and will, if we're lucky, be an essential voice in world literature for years to come' - Dave Eggers, international bestselling author

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Zami: A New Spelling of my Name

Zami: A New Spelling of my Name

Audre Lorde

In a new literary form this book blends together history, biography and myth, telling a story that stretches from the Harlem of the author's girlhood in the 1930s, to the Greenwich Village of the '50s and offering insights into...

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Between The World And Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a new framework for understanding our nation's history and current...

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Race: Vintage Minis

Race: Vintage Minis

Toni Morrison

Is who we are really only skin deep? In this book, the author unravels race through the stories of those debased and dehumanised because of it. It also includes the story of a young black girl longing for the blue eyes of white...

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Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Clare Land

An essential work to be read by all non-Indigenous scholars and activists seeking solidarity with Indigenous struggles across the world

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White Rage

White Rage

Carol Anderson

From the Civil War to our combustible present, White Rage reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America--now in paperback with a new afterword by the author,...

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I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin, Raoul Peck

The New York Times bestseller based on the Oscar nominated documentary film    

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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race

Jesmyn Ward

Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this ... collection of essays and poems about race from ... voices of her generation and our time --

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 Read reviewTalking To My Country

Talking To My Country

Stan Grant

An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity by one of Australia's leading journalists.

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Because a White Man'll Never Do It

Because a White Man’ll Never Do It

Kevin Gilbert

First published in 1973, Gilbert's controversial account of Aboriginal affairs paints a disturbing image of the impact of the colonisation of Australia and the ongoing problems faced by the Aboriginal people. The book poses a...

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Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

Akala

A searing modern polemic and Sunday Times bestseller from the BAFTA- and MOBO award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala. 

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We Were Eight Years in Power

We Were Eight Years in Power

Ta-Nehisi Coates

From 2008-2016, the leader of the free world was a black man. Obama's presidency was a watershed moment in American history. In those eight years, the political conversation around race, gender, class and wealth shifted...

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Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son

James Baldwin

This collection of essays look at the issue of race - attempting to retrieve black people from the abstractions of liberals and racists.

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They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter

They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter

Wesley Lowery

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