Currently, it feels as if our virtual spaces are saturated with reading lists about race and anti-racism. Too often, the same book titles are repeatedly circulated. Some feature Black writers; others do not. Some engage with themes of structural racism and anti-Blackness; others remain focused on individual, surface-level solutions.
As scholars of race and racism, we recognize that reading lists may do little to create real change. However, we see power and potential in listening to writers of color, understanding the historical contexts that have led us to where we are now, and following academic work that engages deeply with the many forms of racism that persist today.
With these themes in mind, we've compiled a list of CRRES Staff Picks. These are the books that have informed our work and our lives. They range from classic scholarship to creative work. We hope you give some of them a try.