Race and Racism Reading and Education

This list is not meant to be exhaustive, rather a living document of popular and important suggestions

White Privilege & Anti-Racism

  • America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis
  • Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism by Carolyn B. Helsel
  • Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today by Jacqueline Battalora
  • Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority by Tim Wise
  • Dear White Christian by Aaron J. Layton
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
  • Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male by Tim Wise
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege by Robert Jensen
  • The Possessive Investment in Whiteness by George Lipsitz
  • Towards the “Other America” by Chris Crass
  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
  • Waking Up White by Debby Irving
  • What Does it Mean to Be White: Developing White Racial Literacy by Robin DiAngelo
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
  • White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism by Paula S. Rothenberg
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Unconscious Bias/Prejudice

  • Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R Banaji and Anthony G Greenwald
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum


  • A Good Time for the Truth edited by Sun Yung Shin
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • Negroland a memoir by Margo Jefferson
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
  • Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Hidden Wound by Wendell Berry
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs


  • A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America by Langston Hughes
  • A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
  • Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Falade
  • Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity by Tim Wise
  • “Letter From Birmingham Jail” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got by James W. Loewen
  • Race Matters by Cornel West
  • Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Bryan Massingale
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Why We Can’t Wait by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Criminal Justice

  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander


  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein


  • For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’All Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education by Christopher Emdin
  • The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

Fiction Novels

  • Black Girls Must Be Magic by Jayne Allen
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


  • Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
  • An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
  • The Other Slavery by Andrés Reséndez
  • Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card Against America’s Poor by Kenneth Neubeck and Noel Cazenave


  • 13th (Netflix)
  • American Son (Netflix)
  • Dear White People (Netflix)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Amazon)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)
  • Just Mercy
  • King in the Wilderness (HBO)
  • Race: The Power of An Illusion (PBS)
  • Say Her Name (HBO)
  • See You Yesterday (Netflix)
  • The Black Power Mixtape (YouTube)
  • The Hate U Give (Hulu)
  • The House I Live In (Tubi)
  • The Life and Death of Marsha P Johnson (Netflix)
  • True Colors – ABC Primetime (YouTube)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • Whose Streets (Hulu)


  • 1619 (New York Times)
  • About Race
  • Code Switch (NPR)
  • Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
  • Pod for the Cause (Ldrship Conf on Civil & Human Rights)
  • Seeing White

Catholic Social Teaching

Resources for Families




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