In the days since May 25, when a white police officer killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests and passionate conversations have focused our attention on racial prejudice. As the following books help us to see, this bigotry has been a disease in American society since its origins. Perhaps with continued study we can understand more fully why racial injustice has remained so intractable, and our conversations could, we hope, carry us closer to a time when we might finally begin to grow past it.
The books listed below are available through the Kirkwood Library in eBook format, so our Kirkwood community of students, faculty, and staff can read these even while the campus library locations are closed due to the pandemic. This is just a small sample of the materials in our collection to aid in the study of anti-racism; we encourage you to seek out additional book titles and articles using our catalog search at www.kirkwood.edu/library. When the campus reopens, our print books will be available as well (a few important print titles in our collection are listed at the end of this post).
Because our current crisis has as its focus the oppression of African Americans, the books listed here tend to focus on the black experience in America; of course oppression takes on many forms, and additional materials are available that address discrimination against other groups and in global contexts.
We are also offering an Anti-Racism libguide (research study guide) with further recommendations for study of racial injustice from our library databases and internet sources, plus a few notes on developing news, that can be viewed at guides.kirkwood.edu/ under “Anti-Racism.”
Note: Because Kirkwood buildings, including the library locations in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, are currently closed due to the pandemic, the following are eBooks that can be read online by the Kirkwood community. The links will take you directly to those. Below it are print books in our library collection that will be available as the campus begins to open.
Antiracism, Inc.: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters by Felice Blake. Punctum Books, 2019.
Art for Equality: The NAACP’s Cultural Campaign for Civil Rights by Jenny Woodley. University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. Ballantine Books, 2015. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library Popular Books HAL; Main Library 320.5 L778a 2015
Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading by Kimberly Chabot Davis. University of Illinois Press, 2014.
Black Marxism by Cedric J. Robinson. University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. 1970; Vintage International, 2007. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library OR Main Library 813.54 M882b 2007
Crisis Music: The Cultural Politics of Rock Against Racism by Ian Goodyear. Manchester University Press, 2009.
The End of American Lynching by Ashraf H.A. Rushdy. Rutgers University Press, 2012.
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. 1963; Vintage International, 1993. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library 305.896 B181f
Long Past Slavery by Catherine A. Stewart. University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library 305.896 S849L
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. New Press, 2011. Also in print format, Call Number: Main Library 364.973 A377n
Racism and Anti-Racism in Europe by Alana Lentin. Pluto Press, 2004.
Rethinking Racism: Emotion, Persuasion, and Literacy Education in an All-American White High School by Jennifer Seibel Trainor. Southern Illinois University Press, 2008.
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde. Crossing Press, 2007. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library 814.54 L867s
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. 1937; Perennial Classics, 1998. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library OR Main Library 813.52 H966t 1998
links are to the Kirkwood Library catalog. We are also acquiring eBook versions of some of these titles:
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble. New York University Press, 2018. Call Number: Main Library 025.042 N752a
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Spiegel and Grau, 2015. Call Number: Iowa City Library OR Main Library 305.896 S982b
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Graywolf Press, 2014. Call Number: Main Library 811.6 R211c
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. One World, 2019. Call number: Main Library 305.8 K335h
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. Call Number: Main Library 364.973 F724L
Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. 4th edition. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2014. Call Number: Main Library 305.8 B715r
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Seal Press, 2018. Call Number: Main Library 305.8 O529s
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Beacon Press, 2018. Call Number: Main Library 305.8 D538w