Book list

Young, Whitney M. Beyond Racism: Building an Open Society. McGraw-Hill, 1969.

This book is so dense; I believe I only got through the first 45-100 pages. If you are a decent, thinking person, the knowledge gained in those pages alone is the indisputable case for monetary reparations.

Anderson, Maggie, and Ted Gregory. Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy. PublicAffairs, 2013.

This is an amazing book that analyzes why Black American businesses rarely thrive in the United States. Anderson hypothesizes that American systemic racism has set in place way too many barriers for an even playing field in the business world. This book tragically outlines one family’s journey to support Black-owned businesses for an entire year; the outcome es no bueno.

Dyson, Michael Eric. Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? Basic Civitas Books, 2006.

Hilarious and excellent book on what happens when self-righteous Black people forget whom the real problematic individuals are. I have read this book multiple times and I still find myself chuckling aloud. As Black people, we must not misplace our blame onto other American Black people. This story reads like a cautionary tale on what not to do when attempting to speak about racialized subjects in public spaces.

Finney, Carolyn. Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.

American Black can feel stressed and awkward in many spaces due to white supremacy; including the Great Outdoors. This book examines some reasons why.