The Limitations Of An Anti-Racist Reading List : Pop Culture Happy Hour Sales are surging for books like Ibram X. Kendi's 'How To Be Anti-Racist,' Robin DiAngelo's 'White Fragility,' and Michelle Alexander's 'The New Jim Crow.' That's in part because these titles often appear on so-called "anti-racist reading lists." But what is an anti-racist reading list for? We talk with Lauren Michele Jackson, an Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University, and the author of 'White Negroes,' about the limitations of such lists — which she wrote about in an essay called "What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?" for Vulture.
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The Limitations Of An Anti-Racist Reading List

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The Limitations Of An Anti-Racist Reading List

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What are anti-racist reading lists for? That's what Lauren Michele Jackson asks in a recent essay for Vulture. Marcelo De La Torre/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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What are anti-racist reading lists for? That's what Lauren Michele Jackson asks in a recent essay for Vulture.

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Sales are surging for books like Ibram X. Kendi's How To Be Anti-Racist, Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility, and Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. That's in part because these titles often appear on so-called "anti-racist reading lists." But what is an anti-racist reading list for? We talk with Lauren Michele Jackson, an Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University, and the author of White Negroes, about the limitations of such lists — which she wrote about in an essay called "What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?" for Vulture.

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