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Here are few books that just might help you do that, or at the very least, help you come up with your own (maybe more culturally specific) list: Essays are a really great way to see the society-level issues on a more personal level, and James Baldwin is one of the best social critics and essayists of all time.
Notes of a Native Son is a collection of essays, so you get to look at a bunch of different social and personal issues of race in one book.
Click Here To Buy Completely different from Heidi Durrow’s take on multiracialism, Danzy Senna’s Caucasia tells a story about two sisters, one who physically looks black, like their father, and one who physically looks white, like their mother. While Durrow’s tale makes you think about the importance of personal identity, Senna reminds you that the color of your skin still matters in a racialized society and has a seriously significant impact on your daily experience.
Click Here To Buy This suggestion comes straight from my own boyfriend, who says that it helped him understand that race doesn’t begin and end at the color of your skin, but is all sorts of tangled up in everything from history and politics to education, economics and even corporations.
It puts all of world history in the context of the resources and global interactions that made the geopolitical and social situation of every region of the world what it is today.
The book tells the story of a mixed girl, who was raised to think of herself as white, but whose light-brown skin comes with the expectation that she’ll “act Black” when she’s suddenly growing up in a Black neighborhood.
You’ll walk away from Notes understanding just how important it is to know the big picture stuff in order to understand the person those issues might affect everyday.
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Many of my friends and family were surprised when I, a black woman, started dating a white guy. I’ve been completely immersed in black and Latino culture my entire life, from childhood to school to what I cook and even a good chunk of what I read and watch in my free time.
When my boyfriend and I started dating, it was was all fun and video games (we’re both painfully geeky, which is what kicked this thing off in the first place) until talk turned to race, and we saw just how much ground we’d have to cover.