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Anti-Racist Resources in the Libraries: Books

This guide will provide links to e-books and other resources on anti-racism available through Rutgers University Libraries.

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Books are an important tool in the life-long journey towards becoming anti-racist. Educating ourselves is critical to understanding the pervasive and systemic racism in our society. The books showcased below are a sampling of the research that has been devoted to the many interdisciplinary and intersectional issues on race in America. All the books included in this guide are available online through Rutgers Libraries. For assistance accessing and downloading our e-books visit the Help with e-books section of this guide.

Thank you to L Miller, Library Associate at New Brunswick Libraries, for her extensive work in curating the resources in this guide. Thanks also to MI candidate, Jennifer Coffman, for her work in putting this guide together.

Featured Titles Available online

Black on Both Sides

In Black on Both Sides, C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence. Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials--early sexological texts, fugitive slave narratives, Afro-modernist literature, sensationalist journalism, Hollywood films--Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable.

Between the World and Me

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. .

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?

What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do recent police killings of young black people in the United States fit into the historical and global context of anti-blackness? This collection of reports and essays (the first collaboration between Truthout and Haymarket Books) explores police violence against black, brown, indigenous and other marginalized communities, miscarriages of justice, and failures of token accountability and reform measures.

The New Jim Crow

Outside of prisons, a web of laws and regulations discriminates against these wrongly convicted ex-offenders in voting, housing, employment and education. Alexander here offers an urgent call for justice.

Toxic Communities

Taking stock of the recent environmental justice scholarship, Toxic Communities examines the connections among residential segregation, zoning, and exposure to environmental hazards. A fascinating landmark study, Toxic Communities greatly contributes to the study of race, the environment, and space in the contemporary United States.

Police and the Justice System

Personal Experiences

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Privelege and Supremacy


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