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Reading Pleasure # 9: 11 books worth reading on the subject of racism

One would like to believe that racism is no longer as big a thing in our society as it was a few decades ago, but far too many people still experience hatred, discrimination or even threats based on their origin, skin color or religion on a daily basis. The current debate about racially motivated police violence in the USA makes this more than clear once again. These 11 books deal with how xenophobic, racist and discriminatory structures still shape our society - a topic that everyone should deal with.

1. "Exit Racism: Learning to Think Critically Racism" by Tupoka Ogette

"Exit Racism" by Tupoka Ogette is a very good introduction to dealing with the subject of racism - both with its history and with the fact how racism still works and is present in all possible areas of our society. This not only gives you an overview of this huge, emotional topic, but also very specific ideas on how to think and act critical of racism. Via QR codes in the book, readers can also go directly to further articles, videos and images that supplement the chapters of "Exit Racism".

Tupoka Ogette: Exit Racism: Learning to Think Critically Racism | 136 pages | More info

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2. "Germany Black and White. Everyday Racism" by Noah Sow

Noah Sow is an artist, musician and author, has worked for television, 1live and Radio Fritz for years and gives lectures around the world on the subject of combating racism. In Germany black and white it makes it clear how deeply rooted racist ideas and clichés are in our everyday life and shows that we must first learn to name these processes in order to be able to change them. The book was published in 2008, but was reprinted last year and is more current than ever.

Noah Sow: Germany black and white. Everyday racism | 344 pages | More info

3. "Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race" by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge writes for the New York Times, Guardian and Independent and was chosen among the 30 "Black Viral Voices Under 30". In her first book Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race, it illuminates the racism discourse in England and describes in an impressive and instructive way what it means to live as a Person of Color in Great Britain today. The book won the British Book Award and many other prizes in 2018.

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race | 272 pages | More info

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4. What White People Don't Want to Hear About Racism, But Should Know, by Alice Hasters

Have you ever asked a black person if you can touch their hair? Has she ever had sunburn at all? Or where they are actually come from? You probably didn't mean this question badly - in her book "What white people don't want to hear about racism, but should know", which was published in 2019, Alice Hasters (known from the podcast Fire & Bread, among others) explains why already in such seemingly everyday questions and gestures are stuck to racist structures and why racism is not just a problem on the right fringes of society.

Alice Hasters: What white people don't want to hear about racism, but should know | 208 pages | More info

5. "Between The World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between The World and Me" was not a New York Times bestseller for nothing, won the National Book Award and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. What does it mean to live as a person of color in our society today? Can we free ourselves from the burden of our history? Ta-Nehisi Coates addresses these and other big questions in the form of a letter to his son.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between The World and Me | 176 pages | More info

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6. "Against the hatred" by Carolin Emcke

Carolin Emcke is always involved in artistic projects - for example, she has been organizing and moderating the monthly series of discussions for over ten years Dispute room at the Berlin Schaubühne. In her essay Against the hatred Carolin Emcke comments on the big issues of our time: racism, fanaticism, hostility to democracy. She stands for the fact that democracy can only be achieved with the courage to contradict hatred, and provides convincing arguments to defend an open society.

Carolin Emcke: Against the hatred | 240 pages | More info

7. "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

For a change, this is a novel - one that was so successful that it also landed at number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was awarded the German Youth Literature Prize in 2018. In The Hate U Give it's about 16-year-old Starr, who lives in two different worlds: She comes from an impoverished neighborhood, but attends a rich private school where she is almost the only black woman. When Starr's best friend, Khalil, is shot dead by a police officer in front of her, her life turns upside down.

Angie Thomas: The Hate U Give | 508 pages | More info

8. "Your home is our nightmare" by Fatma Aydemir, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah and many more. m.

This book is a manifesto against the concept of "home". For the one-year existence of the so-called Home Ministry, the two editors Fatma Aydemir and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah have gathered numerous authors who oppose this ethnic idea and instead describe their perspectives on racism, xenophobia and discrimination in everyday life in Germany. Contributions from Max Czollek, Margarete Stokowski, Deniz Utlu, Simone Dede Ayivi, Enrico Ippolito and many more are included. Your home is our nightmare will be released on February 22, 2019 - you can pre-order the book here.

Fatma Aydemir, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah: Your home is our nightmare | 208 pages | More info

9. "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo

In this book Ijeoma Oluo dedicates herself in an entertaining, clear and relentless way to the complex contexts in the current discourse on racism in our society - from topics such as police brutality and the "N-word" to white privilege and intersectionality to "Black Lives Matter" " Move.

Ijeoma Oluo: So You Want To Talk About Race | 256 pages | More info

10. "Being black in a racist world" by Ijeoma Oluo

Why is it never, never, never okay to use the N-word, and what exactly does police violence in the US have to do with racism? In her current book, which appeared in May and is already the New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo provides answers to these and many other questions. It's about police violence in the USA and the mass arrests of Afro-Americans, but also about the concept of intersectionality and all the "smaller" areas of life in which racism takes place on a daily basis.

Ijeoma Oluo: Blackness in a Racist World | 240 pages | More info

11. "Citizen. An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine

The American poet Claudia Rankine wrote for Citizen Collected stories that they themselves or acquaintances have experienced in everyday life - stories that are shaped by resentments, microaggressions and the feeling of being reduced to one's origin.Citizen moves in a very moving way somewhere between poetry and essay, the texts are divided into seven chapters and are supported by great illustrations and photographs.

Claudia Rankine: Citizen. An American Lyric | 176 pages | More info