Back in the early 2000s, I was an active political blogger back when you couldn’t get paid to do that. I don’t do that anymore, but feel free to buy me a cream soda and we’ll talk about politics all you want.
Nonetheless, the #Ferguson tweet stream has me wanting to contribute something to the conversation. Alas, I’m sharing a book list.
This is solely a book list to backfill the sorts of history schools don’t cover and can help you better understand when you read something from someone like Ta-Nehisi Coates you’re not flying quite as blind. Not everyone needs this, but I assure you that there’s at least one book on here you haven’t read and that’ll better inform you.
Education of Blacks in the South 1860-1935, James D. Anderson
The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia, Tim Tzouliadis
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Geoffrey C. Ward
Black on Red: My 44 Years Inside the Soviet Union: An Autobiography, Robert Robinson
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States, Kenneth T. Jackson