The Anti-Racist Reading Group has read quite a few books over the last three years. We would like to share a few of these books with you as UCF begins to study the 8th Principle for adoption next year.
The first books we read were White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi. Both are excellent for background information and the current vocabulary used in anti-racist writings.
Quite a few of our congregation participated in discussion groups on Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson and The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. Both authors show us aspects of racism we may not be aware of and how racism against one group hurts all of us.
All of these books are recent and were on the New York Times Best Seller list.
On a lighter note, perhaps you would enjoy a novel, The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates or Anne Moody’s autobiography Coming of Age in Mississippi.
All of these books are available for checkout in the new UCF Library, thanks to Tom Wentworth and Linda Rudd.
A note to ARRG readers – the UCF Library would love to have copies of books we have read if you care to part with them!