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Anti-Racism Resources

A list of books on various topics including anti-racism, unconscious bias, social equality, and equal justice

Unconscious Bias

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald (Delacorte Press, 2013)

The authors explain in plain language the hidden biases uncovered using a scientific method. They explain by becoming aware of them, people can adapt to these beliefs and behaviors. (EBSCOhost) Access Limited to USC Law users.

Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality by Alison Marie Behnke (Lerner Publishing Group, 2017) 

This book combines research and personal stories to detail the history of racial profiling in America and its consequences. It examines practices of police departments, government agencies, schools, and many other organizations that practice discrimination against people of color. (USC Libraries)

White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America by Anthea Butler (University of North Carolina Press, 2021)

This historian and religion scholar reveals the persistent role of evangelical attitudes starting with slavery and through the Trump presidency, arguing evangelicalism’s racial history has caused division and disunion. (USC Libraries)

Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm by Robin DiAngelo (Beacon Press, 2021)

This book examines how White Progressives cause unknowingly daily harms for people of color by critically exploring common well-intentioned racial patterns of white people. (USC Libraries)

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt (Viking, 2019)

This book explores the effects of implicit racias bias such as disparity in education, employment, housing, and the criminal justice system. The author offers suggestions for police reform having worked within and researched police departments, courtrooms, prisons, and communities. (USC Libraries)

White Men's Law: The Roots of Systemic Racism by Peter Irons (Oxford University Press, 2021)

This prominent civil rights attorney and legal scholar presents the legal and extra-legal tools utilized to maintain systemic racism in the United States from 1619 to present day. (USC Libraries)

American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise by Eduardo Porter (Knopf, 2021)  

This book examines historical instances of racial hostility in the United States. The author argues that such hostility inhibits the potential for social cohesion, harming all Americans. (USC Libraries)

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad (Source Book, 2020)

This book began as an Instagram challenge calling out people's racist behavior. It became an expanded workbook that challenges people to unpack their unconscious biases and helps people act. (LexisNexis Digital Library) Access Limited to USC Law users.