Required Reading

This past week has been a tough one. I know people tend to find political posts divisive, but I think this is a topic that transcends politics and deals with humanity and basic human decency. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that what happened in Charlottesville was wrong, because we already know it was. What I am going to address is what I think we can do about it.

As much as we would love for it not to be, racism is alive and well in the world and isn’t going to just disappear of its own accord. The fix isn’t going to be quick or simple, and I won’t pretend to have all the answers, but, in my humble opinion, I think learning as much as we can about the history and pervasiveness of the issues is a good place to start.

I think many of us assume that because we’ve gone to school for however many years, we are educated, and understand the issues at play, but I’ve found that even after being in school for what feels like forever, there’s a lot I still have to learn.

I’ve read the following books and think they’re a great place to begin to gain a better understanding of some of the deep seated issues . Don’t worry, I found them to be enjoyable, easy but informative reads and not boring textbook style.

So, find a place to cozy on up (with the softest cardigan in existence), grab a cup of coffee, and dive into some of these awesome reads!


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Between the World and Me is beautifully written, eye opening, and pretty short. It’s a great book to start with!


Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

Let’s Get Free

Just Mercy

The New Jim Crow

Chasing the Scream


The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde


We Should All Be Feminists

*Note: This list is in no way exhaustive and  I would LOVE if you shared some of your “required reading”! Leave a comment with some titles below so we can all check them out!

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