Continuing the theme of diversifying writing on American politics, here are five great books by writers of color. If you purchase any of these through the Amazon Affiliate links below, all the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.
- We Should All Be Feminists. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short book is a wonderful introduction to contemporary feminism, and the prospect of liberating both women and men from the limits of patriarchy. If you meet any Swedish 16-year olds in the next year, you’ll have a good topic of conversation.
- Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party. Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr. have written an engaging, well-researched history of the Black Panthers’ social activism in 1960s Oakland. Insightful points on the way that the white majority often treats any type of organization by the black community as disproportionately threatening.
- Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity and Politics in Los Angeles. Lisa García Bedolla has written a detailed account of politics and daily life in two Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
- Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies. Michael Dawson draws on sources ranging from Frederick Douglass to Ice Cube to explore black political thought, and examine its connections to political behavior.
- Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from A Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. Dan-el Padilla Peralta has written a well-received memoir about his childhood arrival in the US, and eventual graduation as salutatorian of his class at Princeton.