Black Lives Matter.
Since the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer, millions of people have protested in hundreds of cities in the U.S. and in countries around the globe to end police violence, end white supremacy, and dismantle systemic racism. This movement for justice has a long arc in the history of the United States, but this is a pivotal moment that requires all of us to stand together against racism, against the dehumanization of Black bodies, against the social and structural inequities in health, housing, education, and economic opportunity, against the militarization of the police, and against the injustices of the criminal justice system.
We at The Write Launch and bookscover2cover stand with Black Lives Matter, the right to peaceable assembly and acts of civil disobedience, the movement to overhaul the mission of policing, and the campaign to end racism in all forms. Although writing and reading may seem distant from more immediate action, it is through storytelling, thoughtful analysis, and radical creativity that we can re-imagine the world and transform what needs transforming.
At The Write Launch, we have been and continue to be committed to publishing the work of Black, POC, Indigenous Peoples, and LGBTQ writers. At bookscover2cover, we will be even more focused on reviewing books by Black, POC, Indigenous Peoples, and LGBTQ authors and by authors who illuminate and educate readers about structural violence and systemic racism in the United States.
Below are books and resources to learn more. Learn, listen, and take action.
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
How to be an Anti-Racist and Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Breathe by Imani Perry
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Cullors
Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields
Democracy in Black by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
The End of Policing by Alex Vitale
White Rage by Carol Anderson
The Long Emancipation by Ira Berlin
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
White-Washing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society by Michael K. Brown et al.
Fifty Years Since MLK by Boston Review Forum
Fiction and Poetry
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
God Help the Child, Beloved, and all the novels and stories by Toni Morrison
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
Articles to read
“Histories of Violence: Why We Should All Read Malcolm X Today” (LA Review of Books)
“Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic)
“Racism Is Killing the Planet” (Sierra Club)
“America, This Is Your Chance” by Michelle Alexander(New York Times)
Boston University Center for Antiracist Research (coming July 1, 2020). Founded by Ibram X. Kendi.