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Three books on Black (and all of our) liberation

I’m really glad that protests about black people murdered by police have finally (thanks in part to the Covid shake-up?) “gone mainstream,” inspiring many whites to learn more about racism in this country and how they can start to do anti-racist work. I hope this push will be sustained, as it must be to effect real change…As always, since that’s where my strength lies, my contribution is mainly intellectual, involving sharing thoughts and book notes through this blog and elsewhere. I’m white, and as such, welcome any comments on or corrections of what I write from people of color, particularly black people. (Of course, as always, I also welcome questions or comments from everyone who’s actually read the post they’re responding to and reacting to what’s in it rather than, say, trying to sell me something.)

In my next three posts I’ll be sharing my notes on three books: From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation (2016) by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle (2016) by Angela Davis, and Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul (2016) by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. As you can see, they’re not the most recent books in this area, and there are many newer ones and others worth reading that are engaging people’s attention. They are, however, still quite relevant. You may prefer to read them in their entirety rather than rely on my version of their essence — I provide my notes merely to save people time and to emphasize what I consider to be the most important points made by the authors.

May the struggle continue!