Best Selling Books of June

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What have you been adding to your summer reading lists? Here are the books that you bought the most in June.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

1: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

Antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo discusses the concept of white fragility, the emotions and actions (or lack thereof) experienced by white people when confronted with information that challenges their view on race. Upon learning that their beliefs and actions have caused harm and perpetuate systematic oppression, an individual might deny, deflect, argue, or feel guilt, which can shut down discussions on how to remedy these problems. DiAngelo’s book discusses ways on how to combat white fragility and to have constructive discussions.

How To Be An Antiracist

2. How To Be An Antiracist

The author of Stamped from the Beginning (another popular book this month), Ibram X. Kendi uses the lenses of ethics, history, law, science, and autobiography to share his concept of “antiracism.” While many know the basic definition of Racism, Kendi delves further into how these views and systems of oppression expand to police the perceived value of people based on their ethnicity, color, gender identity and even body type. These concepts affect not only how we see others, but how we see ourselves.

So You Want to Talk About Race

3. So You Want to Talk About Race

Now that you’ve learned all about racism, those racist jokes at the family barbecue don’t seem so funny anymore. But how do you tell your friends and family why they aren’t okay? How do you explain white privilege to your coworker, or why even “positive” stereotypes are harmful? Ijeoma Oluo’s book equips you with the tools to talk about race and racism with others and to build a more positive and equitable world for all.

Gone with the wind

4. Gone with the wind

One of the best-selling novels of all time and best known for its film adaption, Gone with the Wind is about Scarlett O’Hara and her life during the Civil War and Reconstruction in the South. While a perennial favorite and it has always had a wide circulation, currently it’s being further studied for its themes and historical inaccuracies, such as the Mammy trope and the romanticizing of the Antebellum period. The text implies that racism against Irish Americans is equal to that experienced by African Americans, but the O’Haras, an Irish family, owns slaves themselves shows a clear cognitive dissonance.

Between the World and Me

5. Between the World and Me

A National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, it serves as both a letter to Ta-Nehisi Coate’s son and to Americans as a whole, recounting the story of how he learned what it means to be a black American. The memoir follows Coate’s life and his discovery that race, itself, is a social construct, one that is the foundation of America and the narrative of American exceptionalism.

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