The understanding gap between white and black is hurting and killing people. If you don’t want to understand the cultural differences, or if you think you don’t need to, you are the problem. If you do want to understand, you’ll have to drop some unconsciously held beliefs, absorb several different perspectives and learn to see everyone through the lens of humanity. Start by reading some of the books on this list. Or all of them. The solution is in you.

Eleven essential books on race.

1. “Feminism is for Everybody” by Bell Hooks
2. “Race Matters” by Cornell West
3. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
4. “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paulo Friere
5. “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
6. “Race Traitor” by Noel Ignatiev and John Garvey
7. “Sister Citizen” by Melissa Harris-Perry
8. “Native Son” by Richard Wright
9. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell
10. “Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde
11.”Religion of a Different Color” by W. Paul Reeve

Mica McGriggs is a PhD candidate in Counseling Psychology at Brigham Young University. Her academic research is primarily in the area of multicultural sensitivity in Psychology. Her social justice interests are broadly defined, but can expressed through the term intersectional feminism. Mica was born and raised a member of the LDS church; today her approach to Mormonism is a bit unorthodox but she’s making it work!

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