In no particular order, these are some of the books that I have found fundamental to my own growth and understanding. I'll update this as I continue reading and learning.
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes. This book is a good intro to the history of systemic racism in the USA (see my blog post).
High Price by Carl Hart. This book covers the fundamental biases in the war on drugs and society at large. It also speaks to the importance of mentorship and having people with social power believe in and support people from underprivileged backgrounds.
Race After Technology by Ruha Benjamin. I'm still working my way through this book, which is more academic than most that I have read. It details race as a technology in and of itself, and reveals the extremely subtle and counterintuitive ways that racism pervades widely-deployed technologies.
The Inequality Machine by Paul Tough. This book unveils the systemic biases within undergraduate education, from admissions to graduation rates. There are some really positive and inspiring stories to balance out the intense and sad ones (see my blog post). For a more academic take, read Equity in Science by Julie Posselt.
How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. This book should be no surprise on this list. Much like White Fragility, it can be hard to swallow -- but, after careful reading, and thinking, I find that the book illustrates the causes and effects of racism in the USA very well (see my blog post).
The First Idea by Stanley Greenspan and Stuart Shanker. This book is a fascinating story about neurological development, with ramifications for neurodiversity and artificial intelligence (see my blog post).
Equity in Science by Julie Posselt. This book covers several studies that reveal biases, inequities, and their causes throughout academia. Excitingly, Posselt's studies also identify core ways in which universities and departments can actively identify and fight bias and inequity (see my blog post).
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. See my blog post.
The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans. See my blog post.
The Future is Female! edited by Lisa Yaszek.
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