Sociological Ruminations

A blog about books (both non-fiction and fiction) that address forms of social inequality associated with race, gender, class, or mental health.

18 Books Every White Ally Should Read

I noticed this reading list of books about race (“18 Books Every White Ally Should Read”) on the Define American Facebook page:

open veins(1) Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano

(2) How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

(3) Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life by Roger Daniels

(4) An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

(5) Blues City: A Walk in Oakland by Ishmael Reed

(6) How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev

irish(7) All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald

(8) Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy

(9) White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise

(10) The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

(11) Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank Wumaking of asian america

(12) The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee

(13) Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

(14) Between the Wold and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

(15) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

(16) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

(17) Colonize This: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism by Daisy Hernandez

(18) How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi

Click here to view book descriptions on the reading list.

One comment on “18 Books Every White Ally Should Read

  1. Brown Books and Green Tea
    March 13, 2016

    I love this list– I’ve read most of these, but some of these titles were new to me!

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