Black Lives Matter Reading Resources

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As the Lakers look to implement change within the organization to educate employees on race and racism towards a goal of affecting actual change in the community, Dr. Karida Brown has joined the franchise as Director of Racial Equity & Action, the team announced on Thursday.

A tenure-track Assistant Professor in UCLA’s Department of Sociology as well as their Department of African American studies, as the release stated, "Dr. Brown earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University in 2016, and an M.P.A. in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. She currently serves on the boards of The Obama Presidency Oral History Project and the Du Boisian Scholar Network.”

An initial step towards that education and action is a reading list provided by Dr. Brown so that employees might begin to educate themselves further on related topics. Those books are linked below:

Heavy: An American Memoir

Heavy: An American Memoir

by Kiese Laymon

IG @kieselaymon
Twitter @kieselaymon

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

by Ibram X. Kendi

IG @ibramxk
Twitter @DrIbram

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How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

IG @ibramxk
Twitter @DrIbram

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White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

by Carol Anderson

Twitter @ProfCAnderson

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How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide

by Crystal Marie Fleming

Twitter @alwaystheself

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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson (Foreword by)

IG @diangelorobin
Twitter @robindiangelo

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Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland

by Jonathan M. Metzl

Twitter @jonathanmetzl

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White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America

White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America

by Margaret A. Hagerman

Twitter @maggiehagerman

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The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence

The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence

by Laurence Ralph

Twitter @Laurence_Ralph

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The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

by W. E. B. Du Bois

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander

Twitter @thenewjimcrow

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The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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Racism Without Racists

Racism Without Racists

by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

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Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century

Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century

by Barbara Ransby

Twitter @BarbaraRansby

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Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

by Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by)

IG @invisiblenomorebook
Twitter @dreanyc123

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Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California

Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California

by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

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From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation

From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation

by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Twitter @KeeangaYamahtta

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City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965

City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965

by Kelly Lytle Hernández

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Chokehold: Policing Black Men

Chokehold: Policing Black Men

by Paul Butler

IG @lawprofbutle
Twitter @LawProfButler

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Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities

Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities

by Darnell Hunt (Editor), Ana-Christina Ramon (Editor)

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