Books on racism (and sexism) …

For me 2020 that made it very visible for everyone that we live in a structural racist world, that puts non-white people at a disadvantage.
yes, I had non-white friends my whole life, with some of which I witnessed and discussed the racism they encountered.
Yet I’m also very much aware that I was still living a very lucky and privileged life.
Although we were what is considered rich and we did not get everything we wanted as children. As both of my parents worked, owned a house, had two cars, went yearly on holiday, we were indeed completely not poor, not to say richer than most people in the world.
And by consequence the mantra: work hard and you will get what you want, sounds logical.
And thus, coming from that background, I have no idea what messages our society gives to people who are not a white men.

It’s only when I lived myself 3 years from welfare, that I understood a lot better what poor must be. And still I was surrounded by people who had money and so I was not really poor. even if I had regularly a day I could not afford food, I also regularly had days where I had food or friends with food. When I heard others talk about poor people, I understood if you never had been poor, there is no way you can understand what it’s like.
I realized that it’s the same for being a women or being black. As a white men, I will never understand. And yet it consider it my responsibility to become better educated, and always realize, I will never grab it.

Over the years I have read some books on the discrimination of women and books on racisms. yet that was occasionally.
When the black life matters movement got again traction in 2020, I wanted to take my education on racisms at a higher level. Supporting BLM, without understanding the effects of our racists society, does not help anyone.
That’s why I bought myself a bunch of books on racism ( & sexism) I started to read (or listen to) one of these books every month.

If you are non-white and you can advise me other great books, please let me know.

If you want to find more resources, go check:

White Guyde To The Galaxy

Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide

 

At the bottom of my own bookpage, you can find all the bookslists I have gathered since 2010.