Reading List

Some of Hey White Lady’s Essential Reading


White Supremacy Culture website

Not My Idea, a Book About Whiteness, by Anastasia Higginbotham

How We Get Free: The Combahee River Collective by Keeyanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Just Us, an American Conversation by Claudia Rankine

Healing Resistance, a Radically Different Response to Harm by Kazu Haga

Beyond Survival, Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement ed. Dixon, Piepzna-Samarasinha

How To Be An Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

How To Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal M. Fleming

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad (February 2020)

Pleasure Activism and Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Olou

The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

White Fragility by Robin D’Angelo


A Good Time for the Truth ed. by Sun Yung Shin

How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon

Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom


Why the Virus Is a Civil Rights Issue: ‘The Pain Will Not Be Shared Equally’ – The New York Times

Social Justice in Pandemic Preparedness – National Center for Biotechnology Information

COVID-19 – Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources – Racial Equity Tools






Sparked, George Floyd, Racism and the Progressive Illusion edited by Walter Jacobs, Wendy Thompson Taiwo, and Amy August

Nice Racism, How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm by Robin DiAngelo

Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Caste, the Origins of Our Discontents and The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Stamped From The Beginning by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

White Innocence by Gloria Wekker


The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, How White People Profit From Identity Politics, by George Lipsitz

Spiritual Bypassing by Robert Masters

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis


Blood Ties and Brown Liquor by Sean Hill

Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones

The Tradition, by Jericho Brown

1919 by Eve L. Ewing

American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes

Magical Negro by Morgan Parker


Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify by Carolyn Holbrook

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

Waking Up White by Peggy Irving