Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World – Layla F. Saad (2020)
Me and White Supremacy shows readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop inflicting damage on people of colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. Layla Saad started an Instagram challenge called #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, which became incredibly widespread. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviours, big and small. Thousands of people participated, and over 90,000 people downloaded the book.
This book focuses on bringing awareness and moving towards action and change.
The Other Side – Jacqueline Woodson (2001)
Recommended for children aged 5-9
The fence behind Clover’s house marks the town line that separates black people from white people. Clover’s mother warns her that it isn’t safe to cross the fence, but Clover is curious to meet Anna, the white girl who lives on the other side. The two girls work around the rules of segregation and form an unlikely friendship by sitting together on top of the fence.
The Other Side shows children how racism and prejudice cannot overcome a friendship between two people of different cultures.
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (1970)
Pecola Breedlove longs for blonde hair and blue eyes, so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blonde, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, just after the end of the Great Depression, the marigolds in her garden will not bloom, and her wish will not come true.
The Bluest Eye asks vital questions about race, class, gender and beauty, and is one of Toni Morrison’s most popular works.
“The Bluest Eye, which was published fifty years ago, cut a new path through the American literary landscape by placing black girls at the center of the story.” – The New Yorker