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Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights

Yoshino, K. (2007). Covering. New York, N.Y.: Random House Trade Paperbacks. This book provides an in-depth analysis on race and sexuality within the views of contemporary society. Kenji Yoshino illustrates how we as a society aim to cover the unfavorable identities in order to become a part of the mainstream.

 

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

Steele, Claude (2010). NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. The author exposes the myriad of ways that threats to our identities exert a powerful stranglehold on our individual and collective psyche. Throughout the book, Steele offers insight into the various stereotypes that affect American identities and he lays out a plan to diminish the “threat” of stereotypes.

 

Microagressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

Sue, D. (2010). Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons. Author Derald Wing Sue presents a first-of-its-kind guide on the subject of microagressions. This book insightfully looks at the various kinds of microagressions and their psychological effects on both perpetrators and their targets. Dr. Sue suggests realistic and optimistic guidance for combating and ending microagressions in our society.

 

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education

Smith, M. (2016). Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education. New York: Nation Books. Mychal Denzel Smith describes his challenging upbringing and his struggle to be accepted into a world that denied his humanity. He rejects assumptions made about what black masculinity means in order to change the story to include depression, anxiety, feminism and LGBTQ rights.

 

What If? Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue

Robbins, S. (2008). What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue. Boston: Davies-Black Publishing. Robbins offers twenty-six stories that illustrate concepts regarding diversity and inclusion. He gives insight and advice to bring together unity and diversity to create a stronger workplace. At the end of each chapter, Robbins provides some questions, an activity, and an assignment with the goal of discovering a way to implement the techniques he discusses into both the work and home environment.

 

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Banaji, M. and Greenwald, A. (2013). Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People. New York: Delacorte Press. Banaji and Greenwald explore the various hidden biases that we experience based on our exposure to cultural norms regarding age, gender, race, and sexuality. “Good people” are those who attempt to align their behavior with their intentions, which doesn’t always occur. Blindspot offers a simple explanation in order to help these “good people” align their behavior and intentions.

 

A People’s History of the United States

Zinn, H. (2003). A People's History of the United States. New York: The New Press. In this 1980 non-fiction book, Zinn attempts to provide a different interpretation of United States history. Zinn believes that a large portion of US history is based on the tyranny of the few, taking advantage of the masses. As a result, his book stands as a foil to various other historical accounts.

 

“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”

Tatum, B. (1997). "Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity. New York: BasicBooks. Dr. Tatum argues that clear and straight communication is absolutely essential in having conversations across the various ethnic, cultural, and racial divides. Tatum provides new ways of thinking about race through racial identity, something everyone has. In order to have consistent productive dialogues, we must affirm these racial identities.

 

Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal

Hacker, A. (2003). Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal. New York: Scribner. Hacker offers an insightful analysis into the numerous conditions that dangerously separate blacks and whites and the impact it has on the American dream. This book provides a new and dramatic inspection of the racial relations and divide in 1990’s America by analyzing the daily decisions of everyday Americans.

 

Hidden Rules of Class at Work

Payne, R. and Krabill, D. (2002). Hidden Rules of Class at Work. Highlands, TX: aha! Process, Inc. This book takes a look at the slight but significant impact of economic class on workplace behavior and how within the organization the class structure is reflected. Hidden Rules was created for those who supervise others in order to help them learn how class can develop organizational resources.

35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say

Cullen, M. (2008). 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say. Garden City, NY: Experts Academy Press. Sometimes someone might say, “Some of my best friends are. . .(Black, White, Asian, Jewish, etc.). Often times, statements like these can divide us and the people we interact with. Despite the good intentions, this can drive a wedge in the diversity gap between people and cause more harm than good. This guide offers some alternatives in order to become more inclusive.

Johnson, A. G. (2001). Privilege, power, and difference. CA: Mayfield Publishing Company. The author provides an easily applied theoretical model for thinking about systems of privilege and difference. Writing in accessible, conversational prose, Johnson joins theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to us.

Author Derald Wing Sue presents a first-of-its-kind guide on the subject of microaggressions. This book insightfully looks at the various kinds of microagressions and their psychological effects on both perpetrators and their targets. Dr. Sue suggests realistic and optimistic guidance for combating and ending microagressions in our society.

Steele, Claude (2010). NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. The author exposes the myriad ways that threats to our identities exert a powerful stranglehold on our individual and collective psyche.

Taylor, Paul (2014). The Next America...Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown, NY: Public Affairs. America is in the throes of a demographic overhaul. Huge generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-0being, our family structure, our racial and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation, and our technology use. Drawing on Pew Research Center's extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data, The Next America is a rich portrait of a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century.

Mychal Denzel Smith. (2016). Invisible man got the whole world watching: A Young black man's education. New York: NY, Nation Books.

Derald Wing Sue, 2015. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Unspoken social rules determine much of what we say and do at home, at school, and at work with clients and coworkers. Often, these rules are good for society - they allow us to get along with one another in the world. But occasionaly, these hidden rules have a detrimental impact, and in those situations the rules must be brought to light and eliminated. In avoiding this emotionally charged topic, we usually have good intentions - a concern for politeness, a desire not to offend - but Dr. Derald Wing Sue's research has shown that we do far more harm than good when we stay silent.