Shadows & Dust / Vol. V, Issue 7

Lots of interesting resources and recommendations to share this month, so I’ll get right to it:

Project Implicit Social Attitudes — Take this Harvard-based research test to examine your attitudes toward others.

1200 — This video examines the untold story of the 1,200 missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (@1200PlusMMIWG) in Canada.

Slavery by Another Name” — This PBS documentary based on the Pulitzer-winning book by Douglas A. Blackmon, presents a tragic and often overlooked chapter of American history.

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben — This first book in a trilogy on the mysteries of nature sees forests as social networks. Fascinating stuff.

All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Dina Gilio-Whitaker — Powerful, hard-hitting look at common stereotypes relating to Indigenous people. Read this with An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States — they will rock your world.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander — A sobering examination of the myth of American social progress.

Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores by Dominique DuBois Gilliard — An eye-opening examination of the lucrative prison industry and alternatives our society needs to consider.

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown — Already a bestseller after two weeks on the market, this is another must read on how unconscious (and conscious) race narratives color the way we see the world.

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