BLM Themed Books

Yes, this is a response to the Philando Castile verdict that came out today.  I rage donated but I have this small platform and I am going to use it.  Because it was wrong. And I feel as if I do not use my voice to scream into the void then I am just perpetuating the system. I don't want say too much because there are literally millions of people who have a better understanding of race and police violence in America.  


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The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

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Series: no
Published: February 28th 2017

“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug. He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I'll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I'm not giving up on a better ending.” 

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Dear Martin
by Nic Stone 

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Series: no
Published: October 17th 2017

“Officer, this is a big misundersta—­” he starts to say, but he doesn’t get to finish because the officer hits him in the face.

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
by
Richard Rothstein

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Series: no
Published: May 2nd 2017

"We have created a caste system in this country, with African Americans kept exploited and geographically separate by racially explicit government policies. Although most of these policies are now off the books, they have never been remedied and their effects endure."


Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. cover

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
by James Forman Jr.

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Series: no
Published: April 18th 2017

Every generation makes mistakes. Sometimes these errors are relatively harmless or easily fixed. But every so often, a misstep is so damaging that future generations are left shaking their heads in disbelief. 


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All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds and  Brendan Kiely 

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Series: no
Published: September 29th 2015

“Had our hearts really become so numb that we needed dead bodies in order to feel the beat of compassion in our chests? Who am I if I need to be shocked back into my best self?” 

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Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives
by Gary Younge

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Series: no
Published: October 4th 2016

“Herein lies one of the most tragic elements to emerge from my research: that every black parent of a teenage child I spoke to had factored in the possibility that this might happen to their kid. 

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Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler

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Series: no
Published: February 1st 2004

“I closed my eyes and saw the children playing their game again. 'The ease seemed so frightening.' I said. 'Now I see why.'
'What?'
'The ease. Us, the children ... I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery.” 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander cover

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

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Series: no
Published: January 5th 2010

“The nature of the criminal justice system has changed. It is no longer primarily concerned with the prevention and punishment of crime, but rather with the management and control of the dispossessed.”

Bad Feminist  by Roxane Gay 

Bad Feminist
by Roxane Gay 

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Series: no
Published: August 5th 2014

“All too often, when we see injustices, both great and small, we think, That's terrible, but we do nothing. We say nothing. We let other people fight their own battles. We remain silent because silence is easier. Qui tacet consentire videtur is Latin for 'Silence gives consent.' When we say nothing, when we do nothing, we are consenting to these trespasses against us.” 

Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill cover

Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond
by Marc Lamont Hill

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Series: no
Published: July 26th 2016

“In other words, Blacks receive more of the kind of policing that puts them behind bars and less of the kind of policing that protects them from danger.” 

I am always looking for more recommendations so if you have some please put them in the comments.

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