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Books I Wish My Teacher Had Read

Seeing race is not the problem. Refusing to care for the people we see is the problem. The fact that the meaning of race may evolve over time or lose much of its significance is hardly a reason to be struck blind. We should hope not for a colorbind society but instead for a world in which we can see each other fully, learn from each other, and do what we can to respond to each other with love.

— Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
The New Jim CrowMichelle Alexander
For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…Christopher Emdin
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in SchoolsMonique W. Morris
Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the 21 CenturyMonique W. Morris
Between The World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates
The Mis-Education of the NegroCarter Godwin Woodson
Drinking Coffee ElsewhereZZ Packer
The Light of the World: A MemoirElizabeth Alexander
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in AmericaTamara Winfrey Harris
The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession

“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Ident 
Dana Goldstein

Beverly Daniel Tatum
White Like MeTim Wise

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