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Books About Beeing A White Ally For POCs

This is a good start. There are tons more.
*Witnessing Whiteness
By Shelly Tochluk
$42.90
ISBN: 9781607092575
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Education - January 1st, 2010

"Witnessing Whiteness invites readers to consider what it means to be white, describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations. The author illustrates how racial discomfort leads white people toward poor relationships with people of color."

*Race talk and The Conspiracy Of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race (Paperback)
By Derald Wing Sue
$26.96
ISBN: 9781119241980
Published: Wiley - February 1st, 2016

"Turn Uncomfortable Conversations into Meaningful Dialogue
"If you believe that talking about race is impolite, or that "colorblindness" is the preferred approach, you must read this book. Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence debunks the most pervasive myths using evidence, easy-to-understand examples, and practical tools."

*Towards the Other America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter (Paperback)
By Chris Crass
$15.29
SBN: 9780827237094
Published: Chalice Press - December 1st, 2015

"Chris Crass calls on all of us to join our values to the power of love and act with courage for a world where Black lives truly matter. A world where the death culture of white supremacy no longer devours the lives of Black people and no longer deforms the hearts and souls of white people."

*Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Paperback)
By Ibram X. Kendi
$17.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

"The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society."
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Also look for ebooks and used prices for these books. I also highly recommend the documentary "13th" "Slavery. Jim Crow. Criminalization. Links in a chain of racial inequality, forged by political and economic motives. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. On netflex.

Find and watch the film "Birth Of A Nation." One of the first major motion pictures to come out of Hollywood lays ground work for the criminalization of the Black body, which holds ground as we speak, and introduces the KKK.

Yeah. That happened. #hollywoodsowhite #oscarssowhite #racisthollywood

Identity Politics Can't Fix Broken American System 20.Jun.2020 16:47

Sohale Andrus Mortazavi

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/05/438527.shtml

Vox founder Ezra Klein's new book 'Why We're Polarized' identifies much of what's wrong in the gridlocked U.S. political system. But he dismisses the role of class in cohering the movements that can finally democratize it.

Review of 'Why We're Polarized', by Ezra Klein (Simon & Schuster, 2020).

Political identities, Klein warns, are reinforced by a "massive apparatus for defining, policing, and activating them." By practicing "identity mindfulness," individuals can recognize propaganda and slant and better manage their own emotional response to identity-based manipulation.

While such mindfulness might help individuals lead more examined political lives, it does little to address the problems Klein identifies. Individualist solutions are no answer to intractable societal problems.

Klein is speaking mostly to a receptive left-leaning audience. Republicans voting on white identity politics aren't listening and they have no incentive to start now. They aren't going to turn off right-wing media in a moment of quiet self-reflection, not en masse. They aren't going to help dismantle the undemocratic institutions that politically advantage them. And they certainly aren't going to abandon an identitarian movement in the middle of what feels, to them, like an existential battle against opponents rallying around their own brand of identity politics.

Political identities are reinforced by a massive apparatus for defining, policing, and activating them. By practicing "identity mindfulness," individuals can recognize propaganda and slant and better manage their own emotional response to identity-based manipulation.

While such mindfulness might help individuals lead more examined political lives, it does little to address the gridlocked U.S. political system. Individualist solutions are no answer to intractable societal problems.

Moreover, organizing the Left around a coalition of marginalized identities, as most liberals and even many leftists now do, cedes political debate to the preferred venue of the identitarian right. They want to argue over divisive cultural issues. The culture wars are also the preferred battlefield of right-wing ideologues who would rather political debate stay focused on identity issues than on enacting universal social programs, addressing inequality through wealth redistribution, or challenging the power and influence of capital.