One of my suggestions for moving the conversation about racism forward—from going around in circles, to actually making progress, even if incremental—is to read books by writers from a different culture, race, or ethnicity from your own. When I made that suggestion, I almost added a list of recommended reads, but then I changed my mind.
Why did I change my mind? Well, there are a couple of reasons. One reason is that there are a lot of lists out there, already. Another reason is that I don’t want to be the only voice speaking into this part of the conversation for you, although I may add a recommendation or two in the comments.
But the truth that is the most plain is that I wasn’t really sure you’d take me up on the book-reading challenge. Oh me of little faith.
I’ve seen some of you sharing about the book/s you are currently reading, or hope to read in the future. I thought it might be a good idea to build a list together, in the hopes of creating a resource—right here on the blog—as we work to do what we can, right where we are, to make a difference for good.
So, would you help a sister out? In the comments, tell us about an amazing book by a fabulous author who happens to be from a different race, culture, or ethnicity than yours. If possible, include a link to the book, along with a few words about why you’re adding this particular book to the list. Once we get a list of suggestions, I’ll consider the best way to compile that list into an easy-to-find resource that you can return to, or refer your people to.
Feel free to share this post and invite others to add to the list. Thanks in advance!