Get Out Of The Sunken Place

By Liana Wallace

Calling all fans of the recent film Get Out directed by Jordan Peele. It’s time to get out of the sunken place! With racial tensions increasing across the U.S. and social inequalities sparking conversations in our communities, it’s time to get active and educated. For those seeking an increased understanding of systemic racism, inequality, and self-identity based reflection, these reads are just for you.

  • Between the World and Me

    2015 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    This mind-boggling short read will send chills down your spine. Incorporating current encounters with police brutality and the systemic oppression that the United States was founded on, Between the World and Me is extremely relevant and painfully truthful.

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  • White Like Me : Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

    2008 by Tim J Wise

    “My life was already a canvas upon which older paint had begun to dry, long before I arrived." None of us are born immune and unaffected by the history of our ancestors. In this compelling novel Wise pulls from his own experiences making his personal journey more relatable to readers. This is a good place to start for readers looking for perspective on how they are personally connected to issues of systemic racism.

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  • Redefining Realness : My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

    2014 by Janet Mock

    Growing up is hard period, but try growing up in a body that appears one way to the outside world but does not match the person identified inside. In this powerful memoir Janet takes a leap of faith and reveals vulnerability through each turned page. This book will not only expose you to the truth of an extremely determined woman, but to the truth of her survival as a brown, low-income, and transgender female.

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  • Waking Up White : And Finding Myself in the Story of Race

    2014 by Debby Irving

    Struggling with how you fit into the conversation of race as a white person? Irving shares her own journey traveling from colorblindness to color consciousness. With self-reflective questions posed at the end of each chapter you will be engaged in your own identity-based reflection. This one is prime for a courageous book group!

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  • The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    2012 by Michelle Alexander

    The age of civil rights has passed, we’ve been graced with our first black president, Barack Obama, and Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books. So why is racism still an issue? In this thorough critique from associate professor of law at Ohio State University, Michelle Alexander, you will come to understand how the racial caste system in America hasn't ended, it’s simply been reborn as the mass incarceration system.    

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  • The Souls of Black Folk : Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism

    1999 by W. E. Bois

    Masterpiece of the black body and it’s stance in a physical white world written by one of the most inquisitive African-American intellectuals of all time. Given the era in which he lived DuBois offers so much with his unique background as an extremely educated black man with a doctorate from Harvard University.

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  • Bad Feminist : Essays

    2014 by Roxane Gay

    This refreshing and funny book is packed with insightful essays outlining the current state of feminism in our culture. Through Roxane’s journey as woman of color growing to understand herself in our pre-made world, you'll discover the meaning of feminism in all its forms.  

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  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed

    1970 by Paulo Freire

    Translated from its original form in Portuguese the methodology of Paulo Freire will empower educators, students, and readers through a deepened understanding of the way in which minorities act as a permanent creation in the lower class.

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  • "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In the Cafeteria?" : And Other Conversations About Race

    2003 by Beverly Daniel Tatum

    Ever wondered why all the black kids sat at the same cafeteria table in high school? After reading this the answer to that question will be evidently clear. Who we are and how we identify is vital in the journey of being more comfortable when talking about racial differences. In utilizing real-life examples and research provided in the book you will be able to reflect on your own journey through a racial lens.

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  • Black Skin, White Masks

    2008 by Frantz Fanon

    Delve into the black psyche with an aspect of scientific analysis. Here you will discover that race is not just a color but a web that is laced through all aspects of social consciousness.

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