We talk a lot about polarization on the Zoon Garden platform -- but it's vital to remember that today's sharp division is indicative of necessary change. Equality is not an issue that should run down party lines. We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and work to build a better system.
Now more than ever, it's important to seek out information that will help us understand how the systems we live under actually work. In that spirit, here are three books white people should be reading now to gain a better understanding of what it means to be antiracist.
1. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Michelle Alexander's book illuminates how America's racial history carries into today's system, with unflinching honesty and deep, detailed research. By examining the racial motives of the War on Drugs, today's prison systems, and standard policing methods, Alexander makes the case that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it."
2. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
3. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi's illuminating book guides readers into a step-by-step understanding of antiracist ideas, doing so by weaving "an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism."