Taking a Stand Against Racism

Black Lives Matter.

Since the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer, millions of people have protested in hundreds of cities in the U.S. and in countries around the globe to end police violence, end white supremacy, and dismantle systemic racism. This movement for justice has a long arc in the history of the United States, but this is a pivotal moment that requires all of us to stand together against racism, against the dehumanization of Black bodies, against the social and structural inequities in health, housing, education, and economic opportunity, against the militarization of the police, and against the injustices of the criminal justice system.

We at The Write Launch and bookscover2cover stand with Black Lives Matter, the right to peaceable assembly and acts of civil disobedience, the movement to overhaul the mission of policing, and the campaign to end racism in all forms. Although writing and reading may seem distant from more immediate action, it is through storytelling, thoughtful analysis, and radical creativity that we can re-imagine the world and transform what needs transforming.

At The Write Launch, we have been and continue to be committed to publishing the work of Black, POC, Indigenous Peoples, and LGBTQ writers. At bookscover2cover, we will be even more focused on reviewing books by Black, POC, Indigenous Peoples, and LGBTQ authors and by authors who illuminate and educate readers about structural violence and systemic racism in the United States.

Below are books and resources to learn more. Learn, listen, and take action.

Nonfiction

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

How to be an Anti-Racist and Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

So You Want to Talk About Race: Understanding Racism in America by Ijeoma Oluo

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

White Rage by Carol Anderson

The Long Emancipation by Ira Berlin

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Breathe by Imani Perry

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Cullors

The End of Policing by Alex Vitale

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields

White-Washing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society by Michael K. Brown et al.

Democracy in Black by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow

Fifty Years Since MLK by Boston Review Forum

Fiction and Poetry

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

God Help the Child, Beloved, and all the novels and stories by Toni Morrison

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois