On my reading list: Books by black authors

Recently I added a section to the website for books that I’ve read and highly recommend. But I think it’s important to talk about the books that I am planning to read, especially during these crucial times where we could all use some more guidance and education. As we enter a new era of social justice, people of all shades, shapes and sizes would benefit from educating themselves on some of the post pressing issues we face both in the U.S. and the world.

YES, I’m talking about racism.

Make no mistake, racism is a global issue, affecting people in all corners of the world— this much I know, but I’m no expert. In fact, I find myself in desperate need to become more acknowledge on the subject, and on ways I can be an ally. Coming from a Dominican household, I’ve seen first hand how Dominicans and others in the Latinx community are inherently racist toward people with deeper skin tones, regardless of the person being Latinx or African American.

And while most of my posts are opinion pieces, I don’t want to overstep in a topic so delicate and crucial to the health and welfare of our society. Instead, I’ve purchase the following books; The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

My hope is to gain a better understanding of the Defund the Police movement and what the alternative would look like. And also to dive deeper into the stories and perspectives of black people in different circumstances.

I encourage everyone to pick up a book by a black author, or on the subject of racism and inequality. We can all continue to grow and learn, no matter how knowledgable we are now.


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