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To my white friends looking for ways to better understand...

To my white friends looking for ways to better understand what is going on in our country, the anger of the black community, and how to be a better ally…


I’m with you. I get it.


18 months ago, I realized I was not as vocal as I wanted to be in my support for communities of color. I mean, let’s be honest. I’m never quiet - much to many people’s chagrin.


I was afraid.


Of getting it wrong. Of saying something stupid or offensive. Of making people angry.


So I decided to educate myself.


I have a long way to go and lots left to learn, but reading more helped me build the confidence to engage, ask questions, and screw up, learn more, and keep going.


Here are the books I’ve read that helped:


Non Fiction:

*** Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

*** Talking to Strangers by Malcom Gladwell

- Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

- More than Enough by Elaine Weltroth

- Heavy by Kiese Laymon

- There Will Be No Miracle Here by Casey Gerald

- How to be an antiracist by Ibram X Kendi (still working on this one)


Next Up:

- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

- Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad


Fiction:

- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

- The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Any other recommendations?!

Kasey Jones
CEO at A Better Jones
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Doug Landis
Growth Partner at Emergence Capital
Btw another amazing book (esp for parents) ...

Between the World and Me! 

"A bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race”

https://www.amazon.com/Between-World-Me-Ta-Nehisi-Coates/dp/0451482212


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Kasey Jones
CEO at A Better Jones
Ohmygod, Yess Doug Landis! I don't know how I forgot that. So moving. 
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Doug Landis
Growth Partner at Emergence Capital
I mean what an important book ;) 
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