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Anti-racism reading list: 10 books to get started

James Fugate rings up a sale for Janet Chapman, a retired school principal, at Eso Won bookstore in Los Angeles on Monday, June 8, 2020. Mr. Fugate is a co-owner of the African American bookstore. Source: Francine Kiefer/The Christian Science Monitor

As a Black woman, my email and social media have been flooded recently with expressions of deep and sincere concern over race. I was horrified but not surprised by the killing of a Black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in Minneapolis. There have been too many of these deaths for me to be shocked. I say to everyone who asks, “Saddle up and stay awhile, because there is no quick fix.” 

But it is time for some context, which can be found by reading a good book.

The gap in American history, which this tragedy exposes, can only be filled with knowledge. Read, watch, learn, and then talk a lot. As I write this, I have

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