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Race in the United States reading list

CCC Library resources (books, eBooks, DVDs, streaming videos) related to the United States' and Oregon's history of race and racism, whiteness, white privilege, and intersectionality.

What is this reading list all 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, and white privilege in the United States.

Reading list updates

COVID closure update: Browse available eBooks on race, racism, and privilege while CCC Library is closed due to COVID.

For the most up-to-date and expansive title lists related to race, racism, and white privilege, check out 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
  • White privilege, white fragility: HT51 - HT1595


  • DEI Committee Collection
    • DEI = Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Items in this collection support CCC's DEI work.
  • ISPD/DEI Collection
    • ISPD = Instructional Support & Professional Development. This collection focuses on DEI in teaching, learning, and everything related to education.

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Come by CCC Library to check out the following books related to race, racism, and privilege. Learn about each book and check its availability by selecting its title. Find them on the shelves using their call numbers. All you need is your CCC ID card and you can have them for six weeks.

Access eBooks (their call numbers say "eBook") by selecting their titles and signing in using your myClackamas credentials.

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