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Diversity, Inclusion, Racism and Anti-Racism Resources: Home

A guide to resources related to inclusion, diversity, racism and anti-racism from Purdue University Libraries

A Statement from Dean Beth McNeil

Enough is enough.

The systemic racism we see in the recurring acts of violence perpetrated against people of color in our country has gone on for far too long, and this violence will only stop when people with privilege step up and commit to understanding and actively countering these actions. 

It will take the collective action of us all to create the world ‘where racism and bigotry are eliminated’ and ‘everyone is treated with civility and respect.’  Action to create change comes in many forms.  One way to begin is through listening and learning, as we do here on our campus. Books can give us information and empathy, both of which we need to make our way through this complicated time and world we live in. Books help us explore the past, the present, and to imagine a better future.  

I encourage you to read, learn, and engage in this important work by exploring the Purdue Libraries resources listed here. Start dialogues, ask questions, listen to each other, and use your education to better the experiences of those who have been too long and too often silenced. 

-Beth McNeil, Dean, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies and Esther Ellis Norton Professor of Library Science

June 2, 2020  

Recommended Reading from Purdue Libraries

Available in eBook Format:

New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Author: Michelle Alexander 

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White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Author: Carol Anderson

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Black Women’s History of the United States

Author: Daina Ramey Berry

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The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century

Authors: Grace Lee Boggs, Scott Kurashige, Danny Glover

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Between the World and Me

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

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What does it mean to be White in America? Breaking the White Code of Silence, a Collection of Personal Narratives 

Editors: Gabrielle David and Sean Frederick Forbes

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

Author: Robin J. DiAngelo

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

Author: Crystal Marie Fleming 

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Modeling Mentoring Across Race/Ethnicity and Gender: Practices to Cultivate the Next Generation of Diverse Faculty

Editors: Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner  

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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot

Author: Mikki Kendall

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How to Be an Antiracist

Author: Ibram X. Kendi

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Heavy: An American Memoir

Author: Kiese Laymon

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Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches

Author: Audre Lorde

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On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis

Author: Walter Mignolo

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Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Author: Safiya Noble

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Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education

Author: Özlem Sensoy and Robin J. DiAngelo

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Men We Reaped: A Memoir

Author: Jesmyn Wards 

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Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Author: Isabel Wilkerson

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