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10 books about social justice
Pick up one of these featured titles on social justice in May 2021.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
Category: United States
This book was published 3 years ago by Liveright and takes approximately 12.3 hours to read.
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How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Category: Black & African American
This book was published 2 years ago by One World and takes approximately 10.7 hours to read.
From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society--and in ourselves. "The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it--and then dismantle it." Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society. Advance praise for How to Be an Antiracist "This latest from the National Book Award-winning author is no guidebook to getting woke. . . . Rather, it is a combination of memoir and extension of . . . Kendi's towering Stamped From the Beginning that leads readers through a taxonomy of racist thought to anti-racist action. . . . Never wavering . . . Kendi methodically examines racism through numerous lenses: power, biology, ethnicity, body, culture, and so forth. . . . If Kendi is justifiably hard on America, he's just as hard on himself. . . . This unsparing honesty helps readers, both white and people of color, navigate this difficult intellectual territory. Not an easy read but an essential one."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Ibram Kendi is today's visionary in the enduring struggle for racial justice. In this personal and revelatory new work, he yet again holds up a transformative lens, challenging both mainstream and antiracist orthodoxy. He illuminates the foundations of racism in revolutionary new ways, and I am consistently challenged and inspired by his analysis. How to Be an Antiracist offers us a necessary and critical way forward."--Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Category: Personal Transformation
This book was published 3 years ago by Beacon Press and takes approximately 6.4 hours to read.
Explores counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality.
How to Talk So Kids Can Learn about Anti-Racism and Social Justice (3-15 Ages) by Nicola Davies
Category: School-Age Children
This book was published last year by Discourse Maestro Ltd and takes approximately 4.7 hours to read.
For Toddlers from 3 years of age It is very important to understand that children from this age are starting to notice differences by becoming aware of many things and have many questions to ask. The questions might be shocking, but you need to avoid overreacting so they feel comfortable asking more questions in the future. Why am I white? Which shade of skin colour is better? How should you answer some of these questions? In the light of recent events, many parents or adults may find themselves struggling to talk about the concepts of race, ethnicity, racism and social justice with kids. What is discussed depends on a family's makeup and the community in which they live, but it is important for everyone, independently of ethnicity and belonging to start having 'the conversation' and start learning some tricks and ideas on how to behave when confronted with racist situation and/or people. Why do we need to talk about racism and social justice to kids? How to start a conversation about racism with kids? How does racism affect health and well-being in children? So, where do I start? You can start to educate yourself about the root of prejudice, identity formation, race and racism with this book. This will allow you not to feel uncomfortable or feel you lack knowledge and understanding about the topic when you face children's concerns and questions about diversity. This book covers the following topics: ✓ Making sense of the world ✓ Who am I? ✓ What is anti-racism? ✓ What is social justice? ✓ Kids reaction to diversity ✓ Help children about their curiosity and questions ✓ How to raise anti-racism and social justice children ...And much more Adults' discomfort with the topic can be a barrier to these conversations on discussing race with children. "All parents need to help their children think and talk about our country's racial inequality as a step toward creating a more equal society". By reading this book, you will gain a better understanding of the topic and be able to talk to your children about racism, social justice, and the struggles for human and civil rights for all people. You will know much more about your child developmental stages and act on them accordingly. Furthermore, you and your children will be able to put into practices some tips and tricks to deal with embarrassing and confrontational situations that can happen in everyday life. Explanation of these concepts directly may be complex and difficult, but the introduction of these concepts in the educational process and finding appropriate methods for the child's age to communicate these ideas is what is valuable. Protecting children from being exposed to racism by constantly opening their lines of communication with them about what they might be exposed to in their different places of activity, making sure to communicate with other children's families to support and promote the rejection of racism, and contacting the school to consult about what children are exposed to. It is also essential for children to understand the long march of the struggle against racism to make the world a better place for future generations.
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
This book was published last year by Crown and takes approximately 9.1 hours to read.
"James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the Civil Rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In the era of Trump, what can we learn from his struggle? "Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again." --James Baldwin We live, according to Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., in the after times, when the promise of Black Lives Matter and the attempt to achieve a new America were challenged by the election of Donald Trump, a racist president whose victory represents yet another failure of America to face the lies it tells itself about race. We have been here before: For James Baldwin, the after times came in the wake of the Civil Rights movement, when a similar attempt to compel a national confrontation with the truth was answered with the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In these years, spanning from the publication of The Fire Next Time in 1963 to that of No Name in the Street in 1972, Baldwin was transformed into a more overtly political writer, a change that came at great professional and personal cost. But from that journey, Baldwin emerged with a sense of renewed purpose about the necessity of pushing forward in the face of disillusionment and despair. In the story of Baldwin's crucible, Glaude suggests, we can find hope and guidance through our own after times, this Trumpian era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Mixing biography--drawn partially from newly uncovered interviews--with history, memoir, and trenchant analysis of our current moment, Begin Again is Glaude's attempt, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race in America today. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America"-- [Provided by publisher].
The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity by Toby Ord
This book was published last year by Hachette Books and takes approximately 16.0 hours to read.
From a leading philosopher, an urgent and eye-opening book that makes the case that safeguarding humanity from extinction is the central challenge of our time. From nuclear war and climate change to AI and synthetic biology, the risk of human extinction during this century is frighteningly high. Reducing these risks should be the top global priority-but it isn't. Bringing together key scientific evidence and insight from the humanities, Toby Ord, University of Oxford professor and advisor to the World Bank, U.S. National Security Council, and other global organizations, provides novel tools and concrete strategies for making the largest possible difference in saving our species. The moral argument is simple: society has begun to value diversity across a wide array of genders, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and the Western world is beginning to see the injustice of devaluing those who live in distant countries as well. The next step is to recognize the equality of people distant from us in time-the millions of future generations that should follow our own. The value of many trillions of lives, billions of years of civilization, and untold heights of flourishing and achievement dramatically increases the stakes of existential risks. To destroy such a future would break the partnership across the generations that has raised the human project up to its current heights; it would betray the collective virtues of our civilization; and it might even eliminate the only part of the universe that will ever be capable of appreciating its wonders. Despite the daunting stakes we face, The Precipice resists doom and gloom: Ord's style and message are optimistic, and the book is animated by an inspiring vision of our vast potential.
Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth: 12 Questions Christians Should Ask About Social Justice by Thaddeus J. Williams
Category: Social Issues
This book was published last year by Zondervan Academic and takes approximately 9.6 hours to read.
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Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness by Alisa Roth
This book was published last year by Basic Books and takes approximately 11.2 hours to read.
An urgent exposé of the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons America has made mental illness a crime. Jails in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each house more people with mental illnesses than any hospital. As many as half of all people in America's jails and prisons have a psychiatric disorder. One in four fatal police shootings involves a person with such disorders. In this revelatory book, journalist Alisa Roth goes deep inside the criminal justice system to show how and why it has become a warehouse where inmates are denied proper treatment, abused, and punished in ways that make them sicker. Through intimate stories of people in the system and those trying to fix it, Roth reveals the hidden forces behind this crisis and suggests how a fairer and more humane approach might look. Insane is a galvanizing wake-up call for criminal justice reformers and anyone concerned about the plight of our most vulnerable.
The Maker Versus the Takers: What Jesus Really Said About Social Justice and Economics by Jerry Bowyer
This book was published last year by Fidelis Books and takes approximately 5.3 hours to read.
A close reading of the Gospels, taking history and archeology into account, demolishes the myth of a socialist Jesus. Theologians virtually ignore the economic commentary in the Bible. In the few cases where it gets any attention, economic commentary in the Gospels and other New Testament writings tend to lapse into simplistic class warfare nostrums. Liberation theologians import Marxism wholesale (but they try to sell it retail) into theology. Academic historians of 1st Century Palestine/Judea have been pushing an account of a poor peasant Jesus leading a poor peasant's revolt based on the idea of mass displaced workers in Lower Galilee. The problem is the actual archeological findings paint a picture of an industrious and entrepreneurial economy during Jesus's time there. Reading the Gospels in light of archeology and history, which are now available to us, gives us a very different picture than the one you’ve been told regarding what Jesus taught about work and money.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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