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What is Antiracism?

What is "antiracism"? 

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

All forms of racialized or race-based oppression — anti-Black sentiment, anti-Indigenous sentiment, anti-Asian sentiment, misogynoir, xenophobia, colorism, etc.— are rooted in white supremacist ideologies, norms, behaviors, beliefs, etc. 

An antiracist person actively opposes all forms and manifestations of white supremacist ideologies, attitudes, practices.

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 white supremacist ideologies, norms, beliefs, actions, attitudes, laws, policies, etc. It requires individuals to reflect on how they may be unintentionally contributing to or perpetuating white supremacist ideologies, norms, beliefs, actions, and attitudes, etc. It requires individuals to understand that no one — regardless of race, religion, or socioeconomic status — is immune to possessing and perpetuating white supremacist beliefs, actions, and attitudes. Practicing antiracism and being an antiracist means that, within their capability, an individual is dedicated to dismantling systems that oppress BIPOC individuals and communities 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 BIPOC lived experiences by BIPOC authors.

To get you started, we put together a list of some great books exploring antiracism for all ages. See below!

*The page was created and provided by Keiana Mayfield, MSW.


 

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This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work (Empower the Future #1) Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Levine Querido - April 6th, 2021

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Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593204979
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order
Published: Philomel Books - August 17th, 2021

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

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

Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984821188
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 2020

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
By Alice Wong (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984899422
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

The Undocumented Americans Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399592683
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984820389
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - March 2nd, 2021

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

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 1st, 2020

Go Home! Cover Image
By Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (Editor), Viet Nguyen (Foreword by), Alexander Chee (Contribution by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781936932016
Availability: Available from Our Distributor (5+ days shipping)
Published: Feminist Press - March 13th, 2018

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525560548
Availability: Available from Our Distributor (5+ days shipping)
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