[Discussion] GWJ Antiracism Book Discussion

Our second book will be The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.

Final vote tallies were:

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander 75.00% (3)
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad 25.00% (1)

I'll get a dedicated thread started before the weekend is out and post a link to it here. I'll also try to get the next poll started early enough to leave it open for a couple weeks to give more people time to learn about the poll and participate.

My apologies if this poll's run was too short. As mentioned before, I'm new to this and learning as I go. Thanks for helping me figure it out.

Here's the dedicated thread for discussing The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.

I added the link to the Book History list in the original post on this thread, too.

I’m going to sit this one out. What we are doing with prisons is nothing more than slavery and it’ll be too rough for me now. Book looks excellent though!

It goes much deeper than that. The book is loaded with valuable insights.

I don’t blame you for taking a break though. This stuff is emotionally taxing. It’s heart breaking. Take as long as you need.

The poll for our next book is live. The survey is scheduled to close on Friday, October 9 at noon, CDT (5 p.m. UTC). I'm hoping with 2 weeks of polling we can include input from a few more people.

Vote for the 3rd GWJ Anti-Racism Book Group Selection

Available options include:

  • How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal Fleming
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I thought I might mention that So You Want toTalk About Race is one of the audiobooks included with your Audible subscription. So if you’re a premium subscriber you can listen to it whenever you want.

This one has been a tough read, but we'll worth it. It's extremely heavy.

I think So You Want to Talk Abut Race has enough of Oluo's wit and sense of humour to make it a bit of a lighter read.

Karen Chilton is the voiceover for both audiobooks, and her delivery is pitch perfect. The difference in tone really highlights her talent.

gorilla wrote:

The poll for our next book is live. The survey is scheduled to close on Friday, October 9 at noon, CDT (5 p.m. UTC). I'm hoping with 2 weeks of polling we can include input from a few more people.

Vote for the 3rd GWJ Anti-Racism Book Group Selection

Available options include:

  • How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal Fleming
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Just a gentle bump to remind you there's a bit less than a day to vote on our next title.

Thank you.

Our third book will be So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.

Final vote tallies were:

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 100% (2)

Here's the dedicated thread for discussing So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.

I added the link to the Book History list in the original post on this thread, too.

I went rogue and listened to a bit of Audrey Lorde’s Sister Outsider. It’s a collection of essays and poems. Audrey’s tenacity is amazing.

I didn't vote, sorry I missed the thread. However since I'd started that book, I'd be happy to vote for that one!
The New Jim Crow is a hard and heavy read for me, and I'm finding I have to take this one a lot slower in order to absorb the information. I will probably continue to power through it and catch up with the Oluo book discussion as best I can.

I haven't been reading much, but I'd like to add that Boston's Museum of Science is having a virtual presentation on "How to be Antiracist" at 7pm Eastern Time tonight. AFAIK, it's free, though they'd love donations (I'm already a member).

Thank you dee! I would love to make this if I can!