Books that can serve as a starting point for understanding racism and learning about the history and legacy of slavery and anti-blackness in America (so you don't have to ask people for basic resources!)
This is not a substitute for action. Educate yourself and take action!
Also read: The 1619 Project
So You Want to Talk about Race
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
The Fire Next Time
Citizen: An American Lyric
Between the World and Me
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of...
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black,...
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the...
How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have...
Ian Haney López
They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black...
Thick: And Other Essays
Tressie McMillan Cottom
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary...
Michael W. Twitty
Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on...
Eve L. Ewing
We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great...
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner)
Sarah M Broom
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Bluest Eye
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston