With the Black Lives Matter protests creating a pivotal moment in history, books can help sharpen our understanding and put things in perspective. They offer the deep dives we all need to take, and hearteningly, many have taken the plunge: the publishing world has seen a surge in book sales on topics of racism, black history, and social justice.
On this podcast, we discuss with journalist KJ Matthews the following books:
“How to be an AntiRacist” by Ibram X. Kendi
“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk to Racism” by Robin Diangelo
“What if I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People” by Verna Myers
“Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel
“So You Want to Talk about Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
A moderator for the LA Bookfest’s Integrity in Journalism Panel, KJ Matthews is an award-winning media and entertainment journalist and a regular contributor to BBC News, DW News. For more than a decade, she was with Extra News and CNN. She is also the founder of Traveler Confidential, an eco-luxury website for travelers.