Today I want to share with you three books that I’ve put on my ‘to-be-read’ list. All three of them are by black authors. Now, more than ever, is a time to stand united and to show our support for those who are fighting racism. This is my small way of honoring black authors.
Honoring Black Authors
Just Mercy By Bryan Stevenson
Just Mercy (2014) is a walk through the American criminal justice system of the 1980s. These blinks explain how a system that is supposed to safeguard the rights of the nation’s citizens became an unjust tool to mistreat and abuse the most vulnerable members of society through mass incarceration and excessive sentencing.
How to Be an Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi
How to be an Antiracist (2019) explores the causes of and solutions to the racism that plagues our societies. Drawing on his own experiences as well as political and historical insights, the author shines a light on what he argues is a truly antiracist perspective and explains how you can affect change in an unjust world.
The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow (2010) unveils an appalling system of discrimination in the United States that has led to the unprecedented mass incarceration of African-Americans. The so-called War on Drugs, under the jurisdiction of an ostensibly colorblind justice system, has only perpetuated the problem through unconscious racial bias in judgments and sentencing.
Have you read any books by black authors recently? Do share.