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Read & Learn ("What is privilege and why does it matter?")

Interested in reading more about social privilege? Here are is a short list of recommended readings from the Reading Public Library. We have lots more suggestions, please contact us to find out more.


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  • Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man by Acho, Emmanuel “With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and ‘reverse racism.’” (Library Catalog)

  • Just Us: An American Conversation by Rankine, Claudia Taking the study of whiteness and white supremacy as a guiding light, Claudia Rankine explores a series of real encounters with friends and strangers - each disrupting the false comfort of spaces where our public and private lives intersect, like the airport, the theatre, the dinner party and the voting booth - and urges us to enter into the conversations which could offer the only humane pathways through this moment of division. (Essays & Poetry) (Library Catalog)

  • Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That A Movement Forgot by Kendall, Mikki “Today's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women...All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few.” (Library Catalog)

  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi "An amazingly timely and stunningly accessible manifesto for young people...At times funny, at times somber but always packed with relevant information that is at once thoughtful and spot-on, Stamped is the book I wish I had as a young person and am so grateful my own children have now." -- Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming (YA Nonfiction) (Library Catalog)

  • The Voting Booth by Colbert, Brandy “Aptly discusses matters of civil disobedience and social justice—including police brutality and voter suppression—without sacrificing the delicate, lighthearted relationship at the story’s center. =" -- Publishers Weekly. (Young Adult Fiction) (Library Catalog)

  • Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Atlantic (May 12, 2020)

  • My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas. NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)

  • Check Your Privilege by Myisha T. Hill. Instagram account that deepens awareness on how your actions affect the mental health of Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color, or BBIPoC.

  • No White Savior: Ugandan advocacy campaign dedicated to disrupting traditional power structures between the Western world and the African continent. Instagram and Twitter accounts.



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