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What is Antiracism?

What is "antiracism"? 

An antiracist person is someone who actively opposes racist beliefs, attitudes, and practices; antiracism refers to acts that oppose racism.

But, I'm not a racist!

Great! Neither are we! But, it takes more than just "not being racist" to practice antiracism or be antiracist. 

How can I practice antiracism?

Practicing antiracism or being an antiracist requires a commitment to actively opposing racist beliefs, actions, attitudes, laws and policies. It requires individuals to reflect on how they may be unintentionally contributing to or perpetuating racist beliefs, actions, and attitudes. It requires individuals to understand that no one — regardless of race, religion, or socioeconomic status — is immune to possessing and perpetuating racist beliefs, actions, and attitudes. Practicing anti-racism and being an anti-racist means that, within their capability, an individual is dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression within our racialized society.

How can I get started?

You are not alone! East City Bookshop is dedicated to the practice of antiracism and providing our community with resources to be antiracist. Getting started is as easy as reading books about Black lives by Black authors.

To get you started, we put together a list of our favorite books exploring antiracism for all ages, from infancy to adulthood. See below!


 

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Antiracist Baby Picture Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110508
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order
Published: Kokila - July 14th, 2020

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This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
Availability: Backordered
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525560548
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - February 25th, 2020

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781620971932
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks - January 28th, 2020

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679763888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011