A comprehensive, chronological compilation of resources to better understand racism in the US

How can we make sense of this election and move forward accordingly?

We can start by facing the fact that the United States has always been and is still currently a white supremacist state. For many of people in color, this election wasn’t a surprise–it was a confirmation of their fears.

How exactly do white supremacy and systemic racism operate?

How have we been complicit in reproducing racist ideology?

White Privilege” (Peggy MacIntosh)

The White Racial Frame” (Joe Feigen, an abridged version of his book of the same title)

Intentions Don’t Really Matter” (Everyday Feminism)

The Privilege of Politeness” (Naamen Gobert Tilahun)

Objectivity Can Be Oppressive” (Everyday Feminism)

Enough with the White Male Rage Narrative” (The Guardian)

Here Are 4 Ways to Navigate Whiteness and Feminism – Without Being a White Feminist “ (Everyday Feminism)

A history of #BlackLivesMatter

How did white liberal culture, as well as systemic racism and white supremacy, directly contribute to Donald Trump's election?

Reality of life under Trump


Longer form:

Non-fiction books

The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)
Hillbilly Elegy (JD Vance)
A People’s History of the United States (Howard Zinn)
Racism Without Racists (Eduardo Bonilla-Silva)
Dog Whistle Politics (Ian Haney-Lopez)
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance (Danielle McGuire)
Punished (Victor Rios)
When Affirmative Action Was White (Ira Katznelson)
What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (Thomas Frank)
Haymarket Book’s reading list (includes books on Islamophobia and American empire, which are topics not adequately represented above)


The Souls of Black Folk (W. E. B. Du Bois)
The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)
The Fire this Time (Jesmyn Ward)
Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching (Mychal Denzel Smith)
Citizen (Claudia Rankine)


Fiction books

Beloved (Toni Morrison)
The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America (Kiese Laymon)
Octavia’s Brood (Walidah Imarisha)
Kindred (Octavia Butler)