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Do the work: an anti-racist reading list

Books to fortify a long-term struggle – after this news cycle is over and social media posts about ‘Black Lives Matter’ dies down.

What will happen after this news cycle is over and social media posts about ‘Black Lives Matter’ dies down, when the social justice memes are no longer posted, and the declarations for inclusivity, diversity and “doing the work” have died down? What happens when white people, momentarily awoken from the comfortable slumber of white privilege by this moment of unignorable protest, go back to sleep? How do we create an anti-racist world when the people who benefit from it stop showing up to do the work? We’ve chosen books to fortify a long-term struggle.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning

The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
This Book Is Anti-Racist

This Book Is Anti-Racist

20 lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work
Road Map for Revolutionaries

Road Map for Revolutionaries

Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All
Sister Outsider Penguin Modern Classics

Sister Outsider

Penguin Modern Classics
When They Call You a Terrorist A Black Lives Matter Memoir

When They Call You a Terrorist

A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Overcoming Everyday Racism: Building Resilience and Wellbeing in the Face of Discrimination and Microaggressions by Susan Cousins

Overcoming Everyday Racism

Building Resilience and Wellbeing in the Face of Discrimination and Microaggressions
Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla Saad

Me and White Supremacy

How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World