Here is a list of books and articles that enlighten us about race, race relations, racial history, and related topics. Click here to make a recommendation. Let us know, too, if you want to join SsAM’s Book Discussion Group.
Developing a SsAM Bibliography…
We are developing a bibliography of books (and articles). In his reflection of July 3, 2020, Fr. David talked about Becoming a Beloved Community. This bibliography is part of that effort that began when 60 of us met on June 26 to discuss “Repairing The Breach: A Conversation About Racism” with Fr. David, Canon Casson, and Rabbi Douglas Krantz.
Bibliography as of August 12, 2020
• All God’s Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence, Fox Butterfield, Vintage Books, 2008
• America at War With Itself, Henry A. Giroux, City Lights Open Media 2017
• American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass, Douglas S. Massey & Nancy A Denton, Harvard University Press, 1993
• Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel and Grau, 2015
• Black Robes White Justice – Why our legal system doesn’t work for blacks, Bruce Wright, Lyle Stuart, Inc.
• How to be Antiracist, Ibrahim X Kendi, One World, 2019
• In Fear of African American Men; The Four Faces of White Men, Justine Rector, self-published
• In the Matter of Color (Race and the American Legal Process), A. Leon Higgenbotham, Jr., Oxford University Press
• Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Random House, 2014
• Looking Out for #1, Robert J. Ringer, Skyhorse Publishing
• My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies, Resmaa Menakem, Central Recovery Press, 2017
• Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government, Susan T. Gooden, Taylor and Francis 2015
• Racism in America: Cultural Codes and Color Lines in the 21st Century, Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald, Mango Publishing Group, 2016
• Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, the Rev. Angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, with Jasmine Syedullah, PhD, North Atlantic Books, 2016
• Restoring the American Dream, Robert J. Ringer, QED Publishing• Seeds of Racism in the Soul of America, Paul R. Griffin, Pilgrim Press
• So you want to talk about race, Ijeoma Oluo, Seal Press, 2018
• Stamped from the Beginning, Ibrahim X Kendi, Bold Type Books, 2017
• Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, (A Remix of Stamped from the Beginning), Jason Reynolds, Ibrahim X Kendi, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2020.
• Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, Michael Eric Dyson, St Martin’s Press, 2017
• The Beautiful Struggle, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel and Grau, 2008
• The End of Racism, Principles for a Multiracial Society, Dinesh D’Souza, Free Press
• The Innerwork of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, Rhonda Magee, Penguin Books, 2019
• The Negro American (Documentary History), Leslie H. Fishel, Jr. & Benjamin Quarles,
• The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander, The New Press, 2010
• The Warmth of Other Suns (The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration), Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage Books (Random House)
• White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, Beacon Press, 2018
• White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide, Carol Anderson, Bloomsbury, 2017
• Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Bloomsbury, 2017
Movies and documentaries:
Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, PBS Series, 4 hours, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2019.
Radio Interviews, Magazine Articles, and Podcasts:
- The Disorder of Dismantling Racism: Blog Post by Richard Rohr, August 18, 2020
- Radio Interview with Jason Reynolds. Reynolds is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature of the Library of Congress and author of a new companion to Ibram X. Kendi’s history of racism, Stamped From the Beginning, for young readers. Recommended by Cindy McDaniel and Marte Samuelstuen.
- Vestry Papers Issue on Racial Justice and Reconciliation. The August issue of the Episcopal Church Foundation’s monthly publication Vestry Papers continues its focus on Racial Justice and Reconciliation. It features the voices of Heidi J. Kim, who shares her experiences with anti-Asian racism and her support of the Black Lives Matter movement; Anna Olson, who gives helpful practices for white people to help dismantle racism; Isaiah Shaneequa Brokenleg, who writes about how we can come back from the pandemic to a more loving and just world; Kim L. Coleman who explains how she was perceived as a black priest in a white church, and more. Click here to read the August issue.
- Radio Interview with Resmaa Menakem. Recommended by Cindy McDaniel.
- The 1619 Project of the New York Times Magazine, exploring the history of slavery in the United States.
- It Time For Reparations for Slavery? in the New York Times Magazine.
- The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis by Luke Mogelson. An on-the-scene report of the unrest following the killing of George Floyd. In the New Yorker magazine of June 22, 2020. Recommended by Danny Schweers.
- The History of the “Riot” Report by Jill Lepore. Sometimes the reports written by government commissions told the truth. In the New Yorker magazine of June 22, 2020. Recommended by Danny Schweers.
On This Website
History of Slavery in Delaware. Diane Clarke Streett, a member of SsAM, is one of the authors of this six-page history. In 2010, she was sworn in as the second black woman to serve as a Delaware Superior Court judge. Other authors, also members of our church, were Dr. Jeanne Nutter, the Rev. Canon Lloyd S. Casson, Mr. Norwood Coleman, and Ms. Susan Thomas-Holder.
A Litany of Reconciliation. Crafted by the Rev. Chris Keene of Immanuel-on-the-Green in New Castle, Delaware, it was prepared for a Delaware Episcopal clergy Zoom meeting where white supremacy was the topic. Here it is as a congregational resource, and as a litany to pray when we gather.
Cindy McDaniel Recommends:
- All God’s Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence by Fox Butterfield
- Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government by Susan T. Gooden
- The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo
- American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass by Douglas S. Massey & Nancy A Denton
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, with Jasmine Syedullah, PhD
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- The Innerwork of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness by Rhonda Magee
PHOTO ABOVE: Black Lives Matter banner hanging from the metal railing in front of our church.
Black Lives Matter hand-painted banner hanging on the side of our church.