Listen. I know I told you we were going to party as soon as June hit, and we will (work hard + rest hard). But we have to have a serious talk first. We all know the adages:
The first Pride was a riot.
There is no queer liberation without Black liberation.
No justice. No pride.
So let’s talk. I’m a white librarian, and as a librarian, it’s my job to connect patrons to resources and books according to their needs and wants. Today, I’m here to give you some materials that approach the problem of racism and white supremacy in the United States. Lots of other libraries have their own lists, so check those out too. As you consider each title, keep in mind that some retailers like Amazon will be price gouging materials like these, just as they do with hand sanitizer and thermometers as folks needed them in this COVID-19 pandemic. There are other ways to give money, if that is your goal in buying the book. Read it for free through your library, and give money directly to the organizations doing the work, like NAACP, Black Lives Matter, and your local bail fund for arrested protestors.
Here is a short list of digital resources that you can get with your Overdrive or Hoopla accounts.
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
March, Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Beneath the Surface of White Supremacy by Moon-Kie Jung
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
Dear White America by Tim Wise
Beyond Colorblind by Sarah Shin
A Perilous Path by Sherrilyn Ifill, Loretta Lynch, Bryan Stevenson, Anthony C. Thompson
So You Want to Talk about Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
Racism without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, foreword by Michael Eric Dyson
Yes, reading those materials is a lot to unpack, and we are still dealing with the pandemic. So if we think marathon, not sprint, here is also a list of fiction for your rest time that has titles by LGBTQ+ authors and/or titles with LGBTQ+ themes.
A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole
Sugar Run by Mesha Maren
The Seep by Chana Porter
American Love Story by Adriana Herrera
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
The Deep by Alma Katsu
Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
False Bingo by Jac Jemc
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Don’t forget to check out the sources below too. If you’re also so Midwestern that you have to bring a dish or gift to every social event, do check out the post about what to bring to a protest. For more book lists and additional resources, check out TADL’s new Topic pages on Racial Equity and Pride.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/norawhelan/what-to-bring-to-a-protest (just watch out for the clickbait advertisements lol)
Comic: All Houses Matter by Dickens