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Race in the United States reading list

CCC Library resources examining race and historical / present-day intersectional issues in the United States and Oregon.

What is this reading list about?

Killing Rage by bell hooks - book cover.The United States is comprised of a great diversity of experiences, cultures, abilities, issues, and people. Conversations centering on various aspects of this great diversity are numerous - in the news media, on social media, in neighborhood coffeeshops, at the dinner table. One topic is race and racism in the United States.

Racism exists. It manifests itself in different ways - through people, systems, and social structures. Race and racism are a part of the history and culture of the United States, and are inextricably tied to modern day issues of economics and class, education, gender, criminal justice, identity, privilege, and power.

CCC Library offers print books, eBooks, and streaming videos exploring these topics. Accessing credible, reflective resources authored by people of color, researchers and historians, and those with lived experience is an excellent starting point for learning more about the state of race and racism in the United States today.

Resources are organized by broad theme; browse titles using the blue navigation buttons on this page. All titles are available for students, staff, faculty, and community members interested in learning more about race, racism, privilege, and justice in the United States.

Reading list updates

For the most up-to-date and expansive lists related to race and other intersectional topics, visit each sub-topic page and scan the QR code to access a catalog search of our resources on the subject. Use the "filter" and "refining" options on the results pages to identify newer titles or more focused topics.

You're also welcome to browse through the following call number areas and collections in CCC Library. (CCC Library's collection is much larger than this reading list.)

Relevant call number ranges

  • Race, racism: E184 - E185
  • Anti-racism: HT1563
  • White privilege: HT1575

Resources at CCC

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